Kids' Community COVID-19 Resources

During this unique season of being the church, The River Kids' Community team is here for you! Please email us at  if there are specific ways we can help serve you and your family during this time of social distancing.

We will be sending out a weekly newsletter, which you can subscribe to here. In case you missed it, we wanted to provide a direct link to one we sent in early March about talking to kids about coronavirus.

On this page, you will be able to find links to the weekly story, as well as other resources to support you in doing "church at home" during this season.

Videos

How to use these

Many families have enjoyed watching these videos together before or after the livestream worship service (all videos are also on The River's Youtube channel). We recommend setting aside 20-30 minutes to get comfortable, watch with your kids, and take a few minutes to "wonder" about the story together.  After the story, in our KC classrooms the kids have time to respond to the story through art, simple building toys, journaling, etc. Your kids may enjoy doing this while you watch the livestream, or you can join them in a time of creative reflection. We typically close by "feasting" together with a snack, modeling how the Christian community breaks bread together.

An Extraordinary Teacher: A Story about Priscilla (Sunday, July 5)
The Prisoners, The Earthquake, and the Midnight Song (Sunday, June 28)
A New Way to See (Sunday, June 21)
The Good Samaritan (Sunday, June 14)
God's Dream (Sunday, June 7)
God's Very Good Idea (Sunday, June 7)
Pentecost (Sunday May, 31) 
It Will Be Okay (Sunday, May 24)
Canticle of Creatures (Sunday, May 17)
Jesus Commissions the Disciples (Sunday, May 10)
The Friend Who Forgives (Sunday, May 3)
The Road to Emmaus (Sunday, April 26)
The Garden, The Curtain, and The Cross (Sunday, April 19)
God's Wonderful Surprise (Easter)
The Sun Stops Shining (Good Friday)
A Dark Night in the Garden (Maundy Thursday, Story 2)
The Servant King (Maundy Thursday, Story 1)
Jesus the King (Sunday, April 5)
Parable of the Good Shepherd (Sunday, March 29)
The Storm That Stopped (Sunday, March 22)
Jesus and Zacchaeus (Sunday, March 15)
The Man Who Was Too Little (Read Aloud Bible Storybook)
Faces of Easter (Godly Play story for all of Lent)
Jesus Walks on Water (Sunday, March 8)

Godly Play at Home

Would you like to try Godly Play at home? It's easier than you think! We have created resources for you to be able to tell  a couple different stories with your kids.   

The Faces of Easter (usually told throughout Lent)

Knowing Jesus in a New Way (usually told between Easter and Pentecost)

Storytelling at home can be used instead of or in addition to the video we will send each week - whatever works for your family. Even if you don't feel like attempting a full Godly Play session at home, your kids may enjoy coloring and telling the story to you!

Recommended Websites

Free videos about the Bible - we use this in our 4th/5th grade class, but the videos are perfect for youth and adults, too.

 

Timely articles, podcasts, and app with practical, spiritually-minded parenting advice. 
 

A midwest church that has some good resources. Check out the videos in the "God Story" series, music to sing & dance (can also find on Youtube). 

Bible verses you can download as coloring sheets, screen savers, and more. 

Beautiful coloring pages, some available for free through a weekly email. The River has also purchased many of their resources and we will be distributing to families through our newsletter. 

Activities 

Beatitudes Coloring Sheet
Mother's Day Cards with fill in the blank prompts for your child based on age: Pre-K, Kinder/1st, 2nd/3rd, 4th/5th
Butterfly Blitz 
Make your own labyrinth
Make your own garden (of Gethsemane)
Alleluia Poster

Worship Videos
He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
This Little Light of Mine
This is the Day
I Have a Friend in Jesus
Every Move I Make
Love the Lord
I Have Decided
My God is So Great
I'm Trusting You