Joy and Bubbles

By The Reverend Christine V. Hides Joy!  was the theme for our first Sunday of Wondertime—our Summer Sunday school for preschool−first grade children. Each week we explore a new picture book and a messy, outdoor activity. Each week we will send a quick list of super-fun resources for you to try at home—or [...]

Memorizing My Verses

Children's Day By Christine V. Hides I was apprehensive about the answers I would receive when I asked the third graders what Bible passage I should memorize for Children’s Day, this Sunday, June 2. Would they suggest something too long for me to learn? Or a passage from the Old Testament that would be [...]


By Christine V. Hides The newest parody video from the Holderness family perfectly describes the schedule that is May for many families. With their signature humor and a bit of snark, they sing about end of year projects, concerts, and sports banquets—to the tunes of familiar Christmas carols. The video resonates because this [...]

Slowing Down

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster I know a teenager at New Trier who has school from 7:10 a.m. (taking an early bird course) to 3:25 p.m. (when ninth period ends), goes home for a moment to do some homework, has dinner in the car on the way to sports practice, and [...]

Asking Real Questions

By Christine V. Hides “When you answer a question at church, you will be right 90% of the time if you say 'God' or 'Jesus.'” This is a joke I have heard pastors tell children many times over the years. While they usually aren’t wrong, they should be. If our goal is [...]

Wow, God!

By Christine V. Hides Future dogs, rainbows, “when the sun sets down in the sky,” music, moms and dads, brothers and sisters…these are just a few of the things children answered when we have asked, “what makes you say, wow!?” We use this question as part of our prayer time, as a way to [...]