June 2, 2020
How are your first days of summer going?
I hope your kids are enjoying some lazy mornings without schoolwork hanging over their heads-- and that you can feel a little less stressed about that. At least school is off your family's plate!

Of course stressors seem to be rising in all directions now. How do we deal with the racism we see in the world? What do about the pain we feel in our hearts? (We feel it, yes, but what else?) The deep disappointments and heartbreak and unease?

Scroll down to find some articles that I hope will be helpful, as well as some programming for your children that I hope will help them grow in their hearts and minds and faith (and will be fun, too!)

If I can help you or your kids with a driveway visit or a phone call, now or at any time during the summer, I hope you'll contact me. You can reach me either by email or by my cell, 864-320-3068.

Love you! Hang in there!
Love, Becky

Becky Ramsey, Minister to Children, 864-233-2527, ext 116
Anti-Racism Resources
If you're looking for articles or podcasts to help you think about racism and talk about it with your children, here's a list that I hope will be helpful.

Look h ere for a listing of anti-racism resources for parents

Look h ere for "Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race", an article and book listing.

Look h ere for a 20 minute podcast from NPR, "Talking Race with Young Children."

Here's an article entitled, "The TopThe Top 5 Reasons Well Meaning White Parents Do Not Discuss Race With Their White Children."

Here's an article entitled: "Raising Kids Who Will Initiate Racial Equality"

Check out this article from National Geographic on how to help your kids bounce back from all their cancellations. (Thanks for sharing it with me, Tony McDade!)
Flat Jesus Is Coming to Your House!
Have you met Flat Jesus?
Maybe you know his cousin, Flat Stanley.

He's coming to your mailbox in the next few days!

We hope that this summer your kids will color and cut him out. Then they can bring Flat Jesus along on all their adventures- at home or wherever they go!

We'd love to see him in action! Share pics by tagging us on your favorite social media platform with the hashtag #FBGFlatJesus so that we can follow all your adventures!

What About Sunday School?
After many fun weeks with Funday School, we are taking June off from Zoom meetings.

Beginning this Sunday morning, I'll be offering weekly Godly Play lessons that your child can tune in for, over at my YouTube channel and on the Children's Ministry Facebook page . We're be experiencing the parables Jesus told.

Our weekly VBS stories and Zoom sessions will serve as our Sunday school lessons in July.
May I Come for a Short Driveway Visit?
I'd love to see your child in person, with a socially distanced driveway visit!

I'll be in touch to see if I can swing by!

If you know you'll be in town in the next two weeks and your child would enjoy a visit (and some Jolly Ranchers!) you're welcome to go ahead and email me here . :)
Boredom Busters With Becky Has Begun!
(Say that five times fast!)
With all the cancellations of camps and classes this summer, some boredom busting activities might be handy!

Your child is welcome to join me over at my YouTube channel for a short daily video Monday- Fridays.

I'll be sharing activities that kids can do- most of them completely on their own, including science experiments, crafting and easy cooking. (No stove needed!)

Check out this example , where I show kids how to make a walking rainbow! Later today I'm posting about our brains' weird tendency to see faces in ordinary things. Help your kids check out the video and see the faces over at my house and neighborhood. Then go on a hunt in your own house!
Kids' Cooking Lessons with Missy!
Remember Missy Ward Angalla, CBF field personnel in Uganda, who works with Amani Sasa and visited us during the spring of 2019?

Missy says, "This summer we'll be offering two virtual cooking classes per month where we will teach our favorite East African dishes. These classes will be taught by Amani Sasa staff.

Simply register for the class through our Facebook page . We will email you the video of the class along with the recipe on the date listed below. You can use it whenever is convenient for you.

June 5th: East African samosas

June 19: Kids cooking class- Ugandan donuts and chai (this class will be co-taught by children!)
Virtual Vacation Bible School in July!
Virtual Vacation Bible School
July 2020

We all want to follow Jesus, but how do we stick with it when it’s not so easy? Each week in July we’ll hear BRAVE stories from the Bible about people who found courage in tough times. Sometimes they messed up and sometimes they stood strong, but their lives have much to teach us about ourselves and God, who loves us completely. 

Join us at Zoom on Mondays! (July 6, 13, 20, and 27)
10am for rising 2nd and 3rd graders
11 am for rising 4th, 5th, and 6th graders

Then open up your weekly packets whenever works for you!
You'll find snacks you can put together, crafts to make,
and games you can play at home!

The last day to sign up for our VBS packets has passed, but I haven't ordered materials yet, so if you want to join in, sign up HERE ASAP!

Hooray For Our Fabulous Fifth Graders!
I sure enjoyed my driveway visits with our fifth graders! I got to see almost all of them face to face!
(Jeremiah and Bella, I hope to see you soon!)
Check out more driveway visit photos on our Facebook page!
Join us on Facebook!
I hope to see you there!
Is Godly Play new to you?
Want to know more? Visit  HERE and use the tabs at the top of the blog under the title to learn more. Enjoy your visit!

June Birthdays!

Kylie Manning, June 1

Walker Dennis, June 11

Erik Rieder, June 13

Miriam Rieder, June 13

Hayden Behrens, June 16

Wit Behrens, June 16

Brookelyn Snyder, June 21

Arabella Good, June 25

Riley Watson, June 28

Sunday school teachers have birthdays too!

Roy Janse, June 4

Krista Martin, June 26

Earle Furman, June 30

Happy birthday, EVERYONE! We love you!

(Parents, if your child has a June birthday that's not on this list, I need to know.
Please email me here. :) )

Children's Ministry | First Baptist Greenville | 864-233-2527 | becky.ramsey@firstbaptistgreenville.com | http://firstbaptistgreenville.com/childrens-ministry/