Church School Update
Compassion Camp: Be Loved, Be Kind, Be You
For the next several weeks, Children's Ministry is providing families with an At-Home/Virtual Vacation Bible School program from Illustrated Ministry called Compassion Camp. This program is designed to help families explore what it means to have compassion for others, ourselves, and the world.

Each family should have received a package containing a Family Pack of short readings and reflections along with simple activities using basic materials found in your home as well as some we provided. If you did not receive a packet or need additional materials, please email Mary Beth Tipton. We are limited by copyright restrictions to what we may share online but we may email some files directly to families for personal use only.

Compassion Camp is designed to be used at your convenience. Each session includes:

  • Gathering & Music - There are five original songs that go along with each session's theme. Music is available via YouTube and SoundCloud links provided in the intro letter. Additionally, there is a curated Compassion Camp Playlist on Spotify and that link also is listed in the intro letter.

  • Bible Story - Each session includes a child-friendly paraphrase of a Bible story with discussion questions. For Session 2, To the Neighbor, the Bible story is from Mark 2:1-12.

  • Create & Play - A fun mix of crafts and games to practice compassion skill is included in each session.

  • Compassion in Action - These activities are part of each session and help your family think creatively about sharing compassion and love.

  • Sending & Music - Each session ends with a short reading and song.

We hope that your family enjoys this unique way to focus on compassion and connect with our faith. Please share feedback and pictures with us as you explore Compassion Camp.You may send photos to Amy Zimmerman via email or text 314-960-3474.
Story Time with Miss Kate
This week's Story Time with Miss Kate features guest reader Alexis Posnanski, Director of Stewardship and Giving at the Church of St. Michael and St. George. Miss Alexis reads the book Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt de la Pena and illustrated by Christian Robinson. This award-winning book describes a bus ride CJ and his grandmother take every Sunday after church.
Ella's Sunday Song
Please join us Wednesday, July 29, at 5 pm via Zoom as mother and daughter authors Irene and Nicole Franklin read their book, Ella's Sunday Song.

Ella's Sunday Song tells the story of six-year-old Ella, who is set to perform as the soloist in her church on Sunday. During the short trip from her grandmother's lap to her choir director's piano, Ella realizes she has to break a code in order to hit all the right notes. This children's picture book introduces the Spiritual, a musical art form that emerged from centuries of slavery in the United States. Following the reading, Irene and Nicole will play of video of a Spiritual performance and will take questions from participants.

Mother/daughter authors Irene and Nicole Franklin are members of a family of artists who cover music, dance, film, writing, and photography. Both Irene and her husband, journalist Donald E. Franklin, also had careers as educators. Irene Franklin is a retired public school music teacher and spent many decades teaching private piano lessons while working as a choir director for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Nicole Franklin is an award-winning filmmaker also from St. Louis. Her work includes The Double Dutch Divas!, Journeys in Black: The Jamie Foxx Story, Gershwin & Bess: A Dialogue with Anne Brown, the film series Little Brother, and the recently released TITLE VII. Nicole is a university professor in television production and spent her career between Los Angeles and New York working as a news video editor on national broadcasts for NBC, ABC, and CBS television.

Please join us for this unique opportunity. All registered participants will receive an emailed Zoom invitation on Tuesday, July 28. Please direct questions to Mary Beth Tipton.
Contact Us
Mary Beth Tipton
Director of Children's Education
The Church of St. Michael and St. George
Amy Zimmerman
Assistant Director of Children's Education
The Church of St. Michael and St. George
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