Christine V. Hides

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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 [...]

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 [...]

Beyond the Empty Tomb

By Christine V. Hides Do not be surprised if older children begin to question the Easter narrative about the disappearance of Jesus’ body.  As pre-adolescents develop abstract thinking and reasoning skills, they may seek more scientifically plausible explanations. They may tell us they do not believe this part of the story. Our answers [...]

Who is Jesus?

By Christine V. Hides “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!”  Yesterday’s Palm Sunday Parade and Art Chapel were an exciting way to begin Holy Week, when we observe the events of Jesus’ last [...]

Spoiler Alert

Lent and Children By Christine V. Hides “Spoiler Alert” is a necessary phrase in the age of the internet where we might come across a review of a movie or tv episode before viewing it. Those who reveal essential plot twists without proper warning are met with outrage on social media. The empty [...]

Faith-Play Connections

By Christine V. Hides “God’s story surrounds us!” exclaimed a room full of four year-olds when Katie and I shared the Godly Play Faces of Easter story on a recent Friday morning. This discovery happened during our wondering time, after they heard the story, and looked at the picture. They were invited to [...]