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How to promote pondering?

April 17, 2014
Tonight, at the dinner table, “noodle around” and ruminate. Reap the benefits!

a young boy says sarcastically: my day was fine

Does this sound like conversation in your household?

You: How was school today?

Child: Fine.

You: What did you learn?

Child: Nothing.

…Sometimes it can feel like pulling teeth!

Try turning your inquiries into a dinner table game.

Tell me two things that really happened today and one thing that didn’t happen,
and I’ll try to guess which ones are true.

This suggestion comes from a book by Drs. Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson, The Whole Brain Child: 12 Proven Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind. ← (That is the link to the Ann Arbor District Library's copy of the book.) Now, admittedly this line of questioning probably won’t go over well with older kids — for them try asking for a “true” opinion and a “false” opinion they hold on some newsworthy subject.

Regardless of the discussion topic there is benefit to this inquiring tactic — besides revealing your child’s activities, or learning how they feel about life — kids unwittingly receive practice in pondering.

What is so important about honing reflection skills?

Asking children to dig back into their memory is known by educators as essential to moving learning to long-term storage. Reflection has been described as the “mind’s strongest glue.” [1]

So promote some pondering! Let’s continue to mull over the events of Holy Week. Use the chart below to read and talk about the next portion of our story.

If you’d like to print out this reading plan/discussion guide, click here.
Or, check out the other mini reading plans for our Rotation on the events of Holy Week here. If your kids aren’t clear about the order of the events of Holy Week, start at the beginning.)

Read Talk about or do…
Matthew 26:36-39 What are Jesus’ feelings? If you were facing some sort of crisis, what three friends would you ask to be with you?
Bonus Q: Who were the two sons of Zebedee? Hint: Luke 5:10-11.
Mark 14:32-26 Tell about a time when you knew what was coming up; you knew what you were up against. Did you follow through? What is Jesus asking of God? What does he mean by “the cup?” (He’d like a way to avoid the cross!) What model does this give us as to how we should approach God?
Matthew 26:39-41 Why do you suppose the disciples fell asleep? What is another way to say, “my spirit was willing but my body was weak?” (I knew what the best thing to do was, but…) Name an instance when this happened to you.
Luke 22:41-45 Jesus is being very honest with God. What is something that you’d like to admit to God but are afraid to do so? Luke is the only gospel which includes the angel helping out Jesus and Jesus sweating blood. Do you suppose that Luke being a doctor had anything to do with the latter inclusion? (It has a medical name: Hematidrosis. Research this on the internet.)
Matthew 26:44-47 Do you suppose Jesus felt let down by his disciples? When is a time when someone let you down? Tell about a time when you may have let Jesus down.
Mark 14:43-46 What do you suppose is going through Judas’ mind? Who were these “chief priests” and why were they interested in arresting Jesus? (Review who they are here. Review why they are out to get Jesus by reading one example at Matthew 12:9-14.)
Luke 22:49-51 Why do you suppose Jesus’ followers were so quick to bare their swords? (and also seemingly quick to fall asleep!) What would you have done? How do you suppose the guards felt when they saw Jesus heal the man’s ear? Do you suppose they wondering: are we arresting the right guy?
Matthew 26:47-56 Explore the differences in the way the gospel writers tell this portion of the story — in Mark 14:43-50, and in Luke 22:47-53. The disciples go from sleeping on the job, to wielding swords, to running away. What about this surprises you? How would you have reacted to these events?

How do you value and encourage pondering in your family?


[1] Kate Charner-Laird, Sarah Fiarman, Frederick Won Park, and Sylvia Soderberg, Cultivating Student Reflection: A Step-by-Step Guide to Fostering Critical Thinking in Young Children, Issue 6 (Dorchester, MA: Project for School Innovation, 2003).


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The strangest things can happen around your table

April 3, 2014
What happens around your family dinner table?

a very messy eatera boy eating at a table

  • Food is served (and sometimes eaten).
  • Conversation unfolds.
  • Stories are told.
  • Things get messy.
  • Games are played.
  • Bread is broken.
  • Memories are made.

Here’s a table where I’m sure this happened…

Last Supper, 1896 work by Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret
Jesus and his disciples share the Last Supper

Well, okay. They probably didn’t play any games.

(But don’t that that stop you! See here for suggestions of games to play at the dinner table.)

What happens around your dinner table?

Are questions expressed, discussion encouraged, and disciples of Jesus cultivated?

Why not start today? Use this mini reading plan with discussion questions.

If you’d like to print out this reading plan/discussion guide, click here.

(Check out the other mini reading plans for our Rotation on the events of Holy Week here. If your kids aren’t clear about the order of the events of Holy Week, start at the beginning.)

Read Talk about or do…
Luke 22:7-15 What is your favorite mealtime gathering? What sort of preparations are required? What is served at this meal? Why do you enjoy it?
Why do you suppose Jesus “earnestly” wanted to share this meal with his disciples?
Mark 14:12-16 What is the Festival of Unleavened Bread? What is the Passover lamb? (Hint: look at Exodus 12:1-14.)
How likely do you think it would be for the disciples to find a man carrying a jug of water? (Remember this is back in Jesus’ time when water retrieving was strictly women’s work.) There seems to be a bit of secrecy to this planning. Why do you suppose that was needed? (Remember what sort of danger was Jesus in.)
Describe the details about how you would plan a secret location for a party.
John 13:1-5 Name the worst clean-up task that you can imagine. (Perhaps cleaning up after a sick puppy or washing the kitchen floor after a mishap involving a dozen raw eggs?)
Why do you suppose the disciples feet needed washing? (Hint: think about their footwear and the roads in those days.)
John 13:1-11 Why do you suppose Peter didn’t want Jesus to wash his feet? Would you want your teacher at school to wash your feet? Name someone whom you’d never want to wash your feet. Why not?
What do Peter’s feelings tell us about his relationship to Jesus?
John 13:12-17 How is washing someone’s feet an act of service? What do you suppose Jesus meant by saying that his disciples should wash other people’s feet? Did he mean literally??
Get out a small basin, some soap and a towel. Put some warm water into the basin and wash each others feet. What are you thinking as your feet are bathed?
John 13:14-15 We know what will happen to Jesus. We know how Judas will betray him, and Peter will deny him. Yet Jesus washes both Judas and Peter’s feet! Think about an act of service that you would struggle to do for someone, if you knew they were going to be mean to you in the future.
Name some acts of service we can do for others. Are these hard or easy to do?
Matthew 26:20-25 What reaction do the disciples have when Jesus drops this “bomb?” How would you have reacted?
The Bible doesn’t tell us why Judas snitched on Jesus. Some theorize that he wanted the money (John 12:4-6). Others propose that Judas was hoping that Jesus’ arrest would prompt Jesus to act more like the warrior king that the Jews had been expecting. (Or as one person has said: “Maybe Judas was throwing Jesus into the deep end of the pool, hoping he’d swim.” Quote source Have you ever wished that God would move a little faster in his plans for you? Have you ever betrayed someone’s trust? Can you describe why you did this?
Luke 22:19-20 What elements of a traditional Passover meal did Jesus turn around and give new meaning to? What is Jesus asking his disciples to do? What is he asking us to do? (Hint: reread Luke 22:19.) What are we suppose to remember – the way Jesus shared the bread and cup or what meaning it has? What meaning does it have?
Matthew 26:26-28 Do you suppose the disciples understood what Jesus was saying about his body and his blood? Would you have understood if you’d been there? How would you have felt when Jesus passed around the bread and the cup?
Matt 26:26-29
Mark 14:22-25
Luke 22:19-20
What similarities do you notice between these three accounts of this story? What differences exist? What do you think of Luke’s additional words about why we should repeat this act? (“Do this in memory of me.” When do we hear those words in church? (at Communion!)

Are memories being made around your table?



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Last Supper, an 1896 work by Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret in the Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

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Bothered & Bewildered: Stuck in a playpen?

March 27, 2014
The book Bothered & Bewildered by Ann Morisy

“Bothered and Bewildered” — that’s the sermon series for Lent at FUMC. The idea for this theme came from the writings of Ann Morisy. (That is one of her books over on the left: Bothered and Bewildered: Enacting Hope in Troubled Times.) Ann guest-lectured this past weekend in Ann Arbor. In one of her three talks, Ann spoke about bringing hope to those who are troubled and anxious — to those in a bothered and bewildered state.

I’ll admit – I’m often dazed and downright dizzy – in the in midst of an overloaded life where I’m wondering, who me? A child of God? And why am I here?

And what about yourself?

I’m thinking that a generous dose of uncertainty also applies to our current Rotation on the events of Holy Week. Some of the characters in our story were definitely a bit baffled.

Why did Jesus overturn the tables in the Temple? (Matthew 21:12-13).
What was Jesus talking about – “the Son of Man will be handed over…” (Matt 26:2).
And what brought Judas to snitch on his teacher?! (Matt 26:14-16).

Yes, I’d say that the portion of our story covered in this week’s mini reading plan, carries people who are troubled and anxious. Can we relate?

To continue a previously started trend, let’s explore the concept of people bothered and bewildered during that first Holy Week. People, not unlike us, who (to borrow another Ann Morisy viewpoint) fear stepping outside of the playpen.

a child chews on the edge of a playpen

Do playpens even get used any more? Those places where we placed a small child to keep them out of harms way while we were otherwise occupied? Keep the thought of a playpen — a safe place — in mind as you use this mini reading plan with discussion questions around the family dinner table. Or wherever your family (or your friends!) gather together. Use the chart below to read and talk about this particular portion of our story… in stages… over the coming weeks. Or print it out here.

(Check out the start of the mini reading plans here.)

Read Talk about or do…
Matthew 21:8-11 A bit of a review: Why is the crowd all worked up; who is coming into town?
Why were they shouting words of praise – Hosanna!?
What sort of king did they expect Jesus would be? What hint should they have taken from Jesus’ choice of a mode of transportation?
How do you suppose the sight of this parade makes the people think: perhaps it would be safe to leave our playpens.
Matthew 21:12-13 Why do you suppose Jesus turned things upside down in the Temple?
Imagine you were a money-changer in the Temple; what would you have thought? Imagine that you are someone who needed to buy a dove to offer as a sacrifice in the Temple. How do you feel being turned away? (Sorry there are no doves; that man let them all loose when he was overturning tables.)
Matthew 21:12-13 What about this event bothers you? What questions do you have? If you were there would you feel like you were in need of a playpen of safety and security, or a playpen full of challenges? What do you suppose Jesus is trying to tell us about prayer and worship?
Matthew 21:12-16 Why do you suppose the chief priests and the teachers of the law were so upset about kids making noise in the Temple? This is just one example of how they seemed to always butt heads with Jesus. Jesus came to earth to help put the world right again, but he used ways that were different than what people expected. What way do you suppose a “take-charge” type of king would have used in this instance to right the unfair practices at the Temple?
Matthew 26:1-2 A review: What did the festival of Passover celebrate? (Hint: look at Exodus 12:1-14.) What does the word “crucified” mean? (killed on a cross) Why did Jesus have to die? (It’s okay if you don’t have a definitive answer to this question. Discuss it anyway!)
Matthew 26:3-5 What festival were the religious leaders talking about? (Hint: look in verse 2.) What sort of playpen were they setting up for themselves to avoid a backlash of protest from “the people”? Why do you suppose they were worried about what others thought?
Matthew 26:14-16 Which disciple tattled on Jesus? (Judas Iscariot)
What was the bad plan that Judas made? Have you ever made a “bad plan”? What happened? Was forgiveness necessary? Do you suppose that Jesus forgave Judas?
What sort of playpen would you retreat to if you made a really bad plan? Or would you think to choose to run to Jesus instead?



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A Lenten service project: How can your family help?

March 18, 2014
Appalachia - 3 crosses on a hill

Does your family include a few service projects in your Lenten activities?

Last spring I traveled with a group from FUMC to a place known as Henderson Settlement in Frakes, Kentucky. We (adults and kids!) were on a mission trip so that meant we worked hard, and got dirty.

Working at building a porch A young boy with a pick ax

At the same time it was satisfying. We learned new skills, strengthened friendships, and helped the residents. We served as the hands and feet of God.

Lots of drills were used A happy homeowner with two workers

In April we’ll do another Appalachia Mission trip. Even if you aren’t going along, there are two ways to get involved with serving others!

Eat breakfast with us on Sunday, March 30th, from 10:30-11:30am at the downtown location. Suggested donation is $10/adults, $5/child. Proceeds will go towards purchasing supplies for home repair projects. (It would help us tremendously if you would sign-up to let us know you are coming!)

Appalachia Mission team 2013

Donate supplies to help our Appalachian friends. Here is our wish list:

  • To help create food boxes: flour and sugar (5 lb bags), cornmeal, and cooking oil
  • For Hygiene kits: bar soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, razors, shaving cream, deodorant
  • For the Maternal/Infant Program: diapers size 2-6, Pull Ups, baby food, Good Start Formula, Baby Food, Infant & Children’s Motrin/Tylenol
  • To re-stock the thrift store: gently-used clean clothing in good repair, housewares, children’s toys/games

For an on-line list of what is needed, view here. Please bring your donations to church by Sunday, April 6.

Indulge your family in a little Lenten service project love.



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The Events of Holy Week – shown in pictures!

March 13, 2014
Show these photos to your kids and ask them to tell you the events of Holy Week.

A few other notes:

  • Want to see the lesson that was used for this workshop? Visit here.
  • Note that sometimes a class doesn’t get time to take all of the pictures for the entire story.
  • This post will be updated to add each class as they visit our Photography workshop. (So far 1st grade, and 2nd grade, and 4th grade, and 5th/6th grades are included.)
  • Check out the schedule to see when your child visits the Photography workshop. They won’t want to miss this one!
  • If you are in the area join us for the fun learning at at FUMC in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


The 1st grade

entry into Jerusalem
Turning over tables in the Temple
Jesus washes his disciples feet
Last Supper
Praying in Garden
Jesus is arrested
Visiting the empty tomb


The 2nd grade

2nd graders look at a photo album
The class is introduced to today’s workshop by looking at a photo album.
entry into Jerusalem
Turning over tables in the Temple
Judas accepts silver coins to betray Jesus
Jesus washes his disciples feet
Last Supper
Praying in Garden
Jesus is arrested
Visiting the empty tomb


The 4th grade

entry into Jerusalem
Turning over tables in the Temple
Jesus washes his disciples feet
Last Supper
Praying in Garden
Jesus is arrested


The 5th and 6th grades

Entry into Jerusalem
Turning over tables in the Temple
Judas agrees to a betrayal
Be a servant
Jesus offers the cup



Did your kids know the events of Holy Week?


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I love a parade, don’t you?

March 5, 2014

It’s Lent! Rather than giving something up, how about adding daily family faith discussion.
Make it your Lenten investment!

Our current Rotation on the events of Holy Week, covers a lot of scripture. So this post will be the start of several which will provide mini reading plans for small portions of our story. Included are discussion questions for use around the family dinner table. (Or wherever your family is gathered together – perhaps in the car on the way to soccer practice?) Use the chart below to read and talk about this portion of our story… in stages… over the course of several days.

First up: What we now call Palm Sunday!

If you’d like to print out this reading plan/discussion guide, click here.

a Palm Sunday parade

Read Talk about or do…
Matthew 21:7-9 This is like a parade! Describe a parade you’d like to be in.
What town is Jesus entering? (Jerusalem)
Why is this first event in Holy Week called “Palm Sunday?” How do you plan to celebrate Palm Sunday?
Matthew 21:8-9 Imagine the excitement! Does the Bible you are using have a footnote that explains the meaning of the word “Hosanna?”
In Hebrew Hosanna means “save us now,” although over time it had come to be an exclamation of praise. What words do you shout when you are excited and full of appreciation? Shout some worshipful words!
Mark 11:1-6 Take a look at a Bible map (here’s one). Find Jerusalem, Bethany, and Bethphage. Jesus and his disciples walked everywhere. How far did they walk between those towns? What is the furthest you’ve ever walked?
Luke 19:28-34 What would you think if someone asked you to do what Jesus asked? Would you wonder how you’d ever find this colt? Would you be afraid of being accused of stealing?! Would you be anxious to see Jesus riding a never-been-ridden-before, animal? I wonder why Jesus felt that these details were important?
Matthew 21:1-5 Does the Bible you are using help you to discover which prophet said these words? (Hint: Look at Zechariah 9:9)
What sort of king were the people expecting?
+++++A) a riding-on-a-giant-horse, ’m-going-to-whip-everybody-into-shape sort of a king OR
+++++B) a gentle-loving riding-on-a-donkey king?
What sort of king did Jesus turn out to be?
Matthew 21:10,11 Obviously not everyone knew about Jesus! The people had been waiting for hundreds of years for the Messiah! Look up the word “Messiah” in a he dictionary (there is usually one in the back of a Bible).
Matt 21:8,9
Mark 11:8-10
Luke 19:36-38
John 12:12-16
What differences do you notice between these four accounts of this story? Why do you suppose these differences exist? What do you make of John’s reference to looking back on this story after Jesus’ resurrection?

How does it feel to add faith talk for Lent?



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Rotation Schedule: the Events of Holy Week

February 27, 2014

Happy Lent!

(it started on Wednesday, March 5th)

Our current Rotation is a look at the events of Holy Week. Holy Week covers the last days – the last week – of Jesus’ life on earth. Our aim is that kids will be able to sequence the events of Holy Week and re-tell the story of Easter. In the process of this learning, they will come to recognize that Jesus’ journey to the cross (and beyond) was a trip that Jesus made for them because of God’s love for us. This is why we celebrate Easter!

To see a growing list of opportunities to foster faith learning at home on the subject of Holy Week and Lent, click here. Might I suggest a few of my favorites? (Click on the pictures or the bold words, to read.)


Plastic Easter Eggs
Fill eggs with symbols of the story from Palm Sunday to Easter. Use these eggs to help children to learn and re-tell the story. Look for a starter set to come home with your child from our Storytelling Workshop!
an abacus What can your family do to intentionally put God at the center of your life – say for about for 10 – 15 minutes a day? Here are seven ideas for your family’s Lent experience.
a sign says: Look Both Ways
A bit of history about Lent… and a suggestion to take time in this season to notice the sacred in the secular.


Our story covers a lot of ground in the Bible! (Look at it in portions with these posts.) Here are our workshops for the month of March and part of April.

On Sundays, at the downtown location…

Date Our workshops…
3/2 Enjoy worship and Communion with your family
Games Cooking Storytelling Photography Video
Room 211 Pine Room Room 212 Room 204 Room 215
3/9 3rd grade 5th & 6th grade 1st grade 4th grade 2nd grade
3/16 4th grade 1st grade 2nd grade 5th & 6th grade 3rd grade
3/23 5th & 6th grade 2nd grade 3rd grade 1st grade 4th grade
3/30 1st grade 3rd grade 4th grade 2nd grade 5th & 6th grade
4/6 Enjoy worship and Communion with your family
4/13 2nd grade 4th grade 5th & 6th grade 3rd grade 1st grade

What’s happening in each workshop?

  • In the Games Workshop students will play a “Family Feud” quiz game while learning story details.
  • In the Cooking Workshop students will create an edible map of Jerusalem, noting the location of the events of Holy Week.
  • In the Storytelling Workshop the contents of eggs found in a hunt help a Bible-times character to tell the story. Students will create their own mini set of storytelling eggs!
  • In the Photography Workshop students will re-enact the events of Holy Week and pose for still photographs of each scene.
  • In the Video Workshop students will watch portions of the live-action video The Visual Bible: Matthew, while enjoying popcorn (can’t have a movie without popcorn!).

For Saturdays at the Green Wood location, here is the schedule…

Date Workshop Activity
3/1 Watch a portion of the video The Prince of Egypt as a review of the Ten Commandments.
3/8 Watch part two of the video The Prince of Egypt.
3/15 Worship with your family
3/22 Storytelling Workshop: Hunt for eggs and use their surprising contents to tell the story of Holy Week. Create your own mini set of storytelling eggs!
3/29 Cooking Workshop: Discuss the events of Holy Week as you create an edible map of Jerusalem.
4/5 Art Workshop: Children will make books to illustrate scenes from Holy Week
4/12 Video Workshop: Watch video clips that tell the Easter story.

On Saturday nights and on Sunday mornings at FUMC our Cool Disciples experience Rotation Model Christian education, as they learn about Bible stories and concepts through kid-friendly multimedia workshops. If you are in the area, please join us for the fun learning at First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor, MI.



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Forehead with ash cross by mtsofan.
Look! by Travis Nep Smith.
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How to love others

February 20, 2014
Cute little girl holding red heart - a 1910 Valentine greeting

Did you get any valentines last week? Why do we need a “Hallmark holiday” to remind us to love those around us?

Because sometimes it’s hard.

I’m not talking about your loving your family and your friends. I’m talking about loving those who are different, or difficult, or down-right irritating! But Jesus told us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39).

Doing good, loving our neighbor — the stranger, the person who pushes our boundaries — it’s easier said than done.

Last week we talked about ways to love God. By loving God we are keeping the first four of the Ten Commandments. By loving our neighbor we are following the last six.

Love God Love Others
1.  Do not worship any god except me. 5.  Respect your father and mother.
2.  Do not make statues of gods (idols). 6.  Do not murder.
3.  Do not misuse my name. 7.  Do not commit adultery.
4.  Remember the Sabbath day. 8.  Do not steal.
9.  Do not tell lies about others.
10. Do not long for what belongs to
     someone else.

How do we talk to our family about loving our neighbor?

Start close to home…

  • Identify who your neighbors are. Do you know the names of the people who live around you?
  • Discuss why you live where you do. Did the “neighborhood” have anything to do with where you live?
  • What are some activities you enjoy doing? How might these activities help you to be more neighborly to those in your neighborhood?

Move out a bit…

  • Did Jesus mean neighbor, as in someone who lives next door?
  • Name some of our “neighbors” who don’t live in your neighborhood.
  • How do we recognize a “neighbor?” (Hint: It’s about recognizing a need.)
  • What are some needs we see in our community? In the world?
  • Move out further…

  • What do we do with our doubts? (The needs are so great!)
  • What if people around us want to throw their hands up and say, “What good can I do”?
  • What do we do when our attempts to “love” a neighbor are rejected?
  • How can we persevere?
  • How is your life a testimony to your love of God and neighbor?


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