March 19, 2020
For and About Children
There is an old church song by Donald Marsh & Richard Avery that goes,

"The church is not a building; the church is not a steeple;
the church is not a resting place; the church is a people.
I am the church! You are the church! We are the church together!
All who follow Jesus,all around the world! Yes, we're the church together!"

Who would have thought just a couple of weeks ago that we would not be in our church building to worship! And yet even without a building, we are the church.

I was in the building today gathering up some things to work on from home. It's just not the same without all of you. I miss the Sunday School teachers coming in and gathering their teaching tools in the morning as they set up. I miss my Sunday School Superintendent partners and our easy chatting about our lives. But most of all I miss the children - the dash as they hurry from church to their classrooms, the happy smiles as they go about their stories and projects, the few minutes of talk with them. The building was quiet, empty, and lonely because the "church" wasn't there.

You know in the early days of the church, there were no buildings, and yet the church was strong, meeting in people's homes. Today we have to find new ways to connect as a church, just as schools need to find new ways to teach. And we will. The church has survived for over 2000 years and will continue. We are just spread out a bit more. The building sits pretty much empty, but the church is alive. I am the church, You are the church, yes, we're the church together!

See below for some ways we are going to start to connect.
Sunday School

This Sunday please join me on Facetime Live shortly after the worship service at 10:00. We are guessing it will be around 11:00. We will be talking about our lesson for the week, say a prayer together and maybe even sing a song. It should be very entertaining since I've never done this before! Plan on about 15 minutes and we'll see how it goes. Following our Facetime, we'll give you some resources you can use during the week to connect your children with the church.

If you can't tune in at 11 - you can watch it later as well. It will be on First Pres Community Page. Throughout the week we will be sending out more resources on that page as well as on our Faith at Home page. You can sign up for either of these pages by going to First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville on Facebook and scrolling down. On the left you will find groups and you can join there.

I will continue to send this newsletter out weekly to families. I plan on doing a separate one mid week for kids. Hopefully you can share them with your child.

If you know of someone who would like to be added to either newsletter, or you or your child have suggestions for topics, email me at


For right now we are still planning VBS for June 22 – 26 but registration is postponed for now. Stay tuned.

By Jason Gray

You can't add a single day by worrying
You'll worry your life away
Oh don't worry your life away
You can't change a single thing by freaking out
It's just gonna close you in
Oh don't let the trouble win.

You may feel alone
But you're not on your own.

If He can hold the world He can hold this moment
Not a field or flower escapes His notice
Oh oh oh even the sparrow knows - oh oh
He holds tomorrow

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