April 14 – Let My People Go

Happy Easter! I hope you had a really good day! We all missed you on Sunday. I really missed not being able to have an Easter egg hunt with you on Sunday! I pray you and your family are doing well.

April 10 – Jesus is Betrayed

Today is Good Friday, a holiday we commemorate (mark as a special day) in the Christian Calendar.  At Mayflower, we call Good Friday Sorrowful Friday because it is the day that Jesus is caught by Roman soldiers and taken away from his friends.  It’s a hard day because we know that Jesus won’t see his friends again.  And, his friends will really miss him!  In this story, Jesus mentions that his life will end. Talking about death can be really hard.  We don’t think about it often because we usually focus on living!  But, today’s story does bring it up.  If you have questions about what happens to Jesus in our story today, make sure to ask your parents questions, reach out to a pastor at church, or you could read/ have an adult read to you Waterbugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Children by Doris Stickney.

April 9 – Last Supper

In today’s story, we learn about Communion.  When Jesus eats with his disciples for the last time, he breaks bread for them and also shares grape juice with him.  When we do it at church every month, this is why!  Kinda cool, right? Also, Jesus does this thing where he washes his disciples feet in this story.  Can you imagine that?  These a folks that walk all over the place in sandals!  Jesus wanted to show how much he cared by doing something that was pretty gross at that time, like touching someones feet.  This was Jesus’ way of showing just how much he loved his friends, and how much he cared about them. I wonder in what ways you show your friends that you care about them.  What makes you a good friend?

April 8 – Mindful Movements Part 2

Today, we’ll get to learn the ten movements! This has reminded me to move my body more these days. I’ve been doing the movements. And, Archie (my dog) and I have been doing a lot of running. We both love to run. Being outside is really important, right now especially! When Archie and I run, we make sure to give everyone a lot of space. And, I like to smile at people if I’m not wearing a face mask. Running and smiling bring me so much joy!  I wonder what outdoor activity or body movements bring you joy.

April 7 – Mindful Movements Part 1

Moving can be spiritual.  Moving our bodies can be an act of faith.  I don’t know about you, but I needed that reminder during this time of being at home a lot!!  For the next two blogs, we’ll learn about a set of ten mindful movements that a Buddhist monk named Tich Nhat Hanh created.  The first video tells us who this guy is.  And, the second video shows us what the movements are.  Hope you enjoy!

The Haunting

Rev. Christian Briones talks death, resilience and resurrection.

Sharing My Story: Why I am a Mayflower Legacy Giver

by Dan Quillin I have included a legacy gift for Mayflower in my will. Here is why. Mayflower has been my spiritual home since 1995. Probably before then but I just did not realize it. My first interaction with Mayflower came in fall…

April 4 – Voice from the Burning Bush

Did you know that God is in places we never thought of?  Today our story is about how Moses finds God in a burning bush!  Can you believe that?  Moses shows us that God is here for us literally everywhere.  God is in our waking, and our sleeping.  God is with us when we are afraid and when we are happy.  God comes to us in our pets and in the wind that tickles our faces.  God nourishes us through the food we eat and love we get from others.  Wherever love and support is, there is God too!

April 3 – Moses is Saved

I wonder what you are grateful for today.  When we are grateful for something, it means it’s something that we are happy about or something we are glad we have. Today, I am grateful for my home, family, and friends. What are you grateful for today?

March 31 – Joseph Feeds and Forgives

The other day, a very good friend dropped a social distance care package off at my door. I was so happy to receive it! It feels really good to be remembered. During the Time with Children this past Sunday, I asked you to reach out to your Sunday School classmates. I bet you’d be surprised how much hearing from you would mean to them! Parents, you received an email from me with contact information for each class. If you didn’t receive it, just let me know and I will send again. Prayers for health. Prayers for joy. Prayers for being in community in different ways for the time being.