Faith @ Home Daily- Thursday, March 19, 2020
Scripture: Mark 6:30-46
Mark’s gospel reminds us that community and sharing in community is one of the core things we do as Christians. When we are separated from many of our physical communities - school, work, church, even friends and family, we can start to feel lonely. Today’s activities focus on reminding us that even when our communities feel far away, there are still ways to connect with them. If you haven’t already, make sure you and any family members or friends are doing daily check-ins - get creative and use different online platforms like Facebook or video chats.
Today we are listing resources for you or others to use with children and/or youth as a way to think outside the box or gather more resources together:
- The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, like many across the country, are temporarily closed but they are offering a daily Facebook Live video featuring different animals from around the zoo. Join them at 3PM EDT every day for a new feature.
- Travel + Leisure Magazine put together a list of twelve museums that offer virtual tours of their galleries. This list is not exhaustive but it certainly hits some highlights!
- The Parish of St. Matthew - The Episcopal Church in Pacific Palisades is hosting a nightly “bedtime stories and prayers for uncertain times.” Missy Morain does a fantastic job curating a nightly story and prayer for children (well, really for all of us). While this may come in a little late for those on the eastern and central time zones, the content stays up and you can access them to use them the next night. Other great resources for books/nightly prayers include: Tucked In: Bedtime Stories and Prayers with Episcopalians and others and our new favorite (because it’s brand new!) Storytime with Shaneequa from the Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota.
- Many of our public libraries are closing down, but online access remains available! Check with your local library system to see what digital platform they use and get access to tons of audiobooks and various other media.
- Podcasts are very popular with adults but there are a number of great ones out there for kids and teens as well. Free content and many different options that might fit for a relaxing story time or supplement home school work.
- Maybe God is Like That Too, a book by Jennifer Grant and illustrated by Benjamin Schipper.
- Bagels from Benny is a book by Aubrey Davis and illustrated by Dusan Petricic.