UMCOR Health Kits

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Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Hebrews 13:2

Serve: refugees and others in desperate need

Connect: the safety of home is something many children can wonderfully take for granted, but not all children experience this blessing; help children connect with the refugees by imagining being made to flee from their homes with only what they can carry to a strange place where they are hungry, tired, and dirty; ask what feelings come to mind (fear, sadness, anger)

UMCOR stands for the United Methodist Commission on Relief. It is the outreach branch of the global United Methodist Church dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the world. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more. By supporting UMCOR’s work with refugees, children are joining UMCOR as the hands and feet of Christ serve those in need.

Materials

  • 1 bath hand towel
    no kitchen, cleaning and microfiber towels
  • 1 washcloth
  • 1 comb comb
    needs to be sturdy and longer than 6″
    no pocket combs or picks, please
  • 1 metal nail file or clipper
    no emery boards, please
  • 1 bath-size soap
    3 oz. and larger sizes only
    no Ivory or Jergens soap due to moisture content
    do not remove from original packaging
  • 1 toothbrush
    adult size only
    do not remove from original packaging
  • 6 adhesive bandages
    ¾” to 1″ size
    common household Band-Aids
  • 1 plastic bag one-gallon size sealable bags only
  • $1 donation for toothpaste
    purchased at time of shipping due to expiration

Directions

  • assemble all materials into the one-gallon bag
  • squeeze as much air as possible out of the bag before sealing it closed
  • mail completed kits to:
    UMCOR Sager Brown Depot
    PO Box 850 131 Sager Brown Road
    Baldwin, LA 70514-0850
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Sweet Dreams

Pillows

When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Proverbs 3:24

Serve: children at local shelters

Connect: many children (and adults!) take for granted sleeping on a bed with linens and pillows, but sadly many people go without these things right at home in our local communities; help children connect by sharing about their favorite blanket, pillow, or stuffed animal and how they may feel if they didn’t have any of those things to rest with

Materials:

  • fleece
  • measuring tape or ruler
  • scissors
  • fiberfill stuffing
  • clothespins
  • pillow kits are an easy and quick alternative

Advance Preparation:

  • layer two pieces of fleece
  • cut a 17×17-inch square (makes a 14×14-inch pillow)
  • with both pieces together, cut a 3×3-inch square out of each corner
  • cut fringe around all sides of both pieces by cutting 3-inches into fleece at 1-inch intervals
  • keep both sides of pillows by securing with a clothespin
  • for younger children, place 2 clothespins on each side to help keep the ties lined up

Directions:

  • give each child or pair of children a pillow form
  • show them how to double knot the ties all around the pillow, leaving a small space open for stuffing
  • stuff the pillow, be sure to get fiberfill in the corners
    TIP: gently pull the fiberfill apart to make the pillow less lumpy
  • add enough stuffing to make the pillow comfortable to rest on
  • finish the ties

 

Birthday in a Hat

Birthday in a Hat

The Lord your God is in your midst… God will rejoice over you with singing. – Zephaniah 3:17

Serve: residents at a local nursing home on their birthday

Connect: children enjoy receiving gifts on their birthday and through this mission project can bring birthday cheer to senior adults who may not be able to spend their birthday with family and friends

Materials

  • party hats
  • plastic wrap
  • materials to make a card
  • tissues
  • several pieces of sugar free candy
  • travel size bottle of lotion, donated by members
  • no-slip socks (optional)*
  • curling ribbon

Directions

  • have each child make a birthday card with no numbers or names
  • be sure they write “made by…” with their first name and age on the back
  • combine inside a party hat:
    • card
    • package of tissues
    • sugar free candies
    • bottle of lotion
    • no-slip socks (optional)
  • with the point side down, gather plastic wrap around and up the birthday hat
  • tie off the the plastic wrap with curling ribbon

 

*check out this great post by Hardly Housewives to learn how to make these no-slip socks

Live Lent

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Lent is a special season in the life of the church that helps us prepare for the celebration of Easter Sunday. Understanding and living the practices of Lent can be difficult for many adults, let alone children. Live Lent is a 4-part curriculum designed to help engage children to live lent by learning more about traditional practices and may be downloaded as a PDF.

In four sessions, which may be offered as a half day Lenten Retreat or over the course of four weeks in Sunday school or at a mid-week program, children will discover the rich traditions of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, and burying the alleluia, as well as the scope of practicing Lent. Each lesson includes a hands on activity to further engage children in multi-sensory learning.

Cheers!

Live Lent Lesson Plans

Live Lent Almsgiving Template