Family Resources

 

Dear Families,

COVID-19 anxiety is ramping up due to school closings, quarantines, grocery store chaos, and constant bombardment by the media.  This can be very stressful for families. We want you to know we - Image Church - are here for you. Please focus on these goals:

  • Quality Time: The world is being forced to slow down. This means we have the chance to spend great quality time with your family. Use this time for family worship. Below we have listed different tools to help you worship together with your family.
  • Personal Safety: the vast majority of people infected by COVID-19 will have a mild illness, particularly our children.
  • Community Responsibility: the CDC and Health Department are trying to limit or slow the spread.  Self-quarantine and social distancing are being implemented for these purposes.

Stay healthy by practicing good hand washing, avoiding crowds, and resisting the temptation to touch your face. It is safe to play outside if the weather permits.  However, if anyone in your family is sick, please stay home. Do your best to isolate symptomatic family members. Remind everyone to cough and sneeze into their elbows or use a mask to prevent the spread of respiratory droplets. Clean all surfaces frequently with disinfectant.

In the meantime, shut off the TV and give yourself and your children a break. When possible, keep their schedules normal. Play family games, read stories, color, and enjoy music together.  We have a list of resources to choose from below this message. Talk to your children about their fears. Reassure them. Matthew 6 says, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on...Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?...But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

You are a role model for your family.  This is a perfect time to teach your children about how we as Christians handle stress and fear. We can also teach them how we Love our Neighbors by checking on your neighbors, family members, and friends. By caring for each other, our community can continue to see the Gospel on display. Please stay safe and let us know how we can help.

This pandemic will require a fundamental shift in how we do ministry—for weeks and possibly months. It is already forcing us to ask, "What is absolutely essential for the church to be the church?" I think this passage captures it well. Seek first the kingdom and his righteousness. He will take care of the rest.

Talking to Your Children about Coronavirus

Books & Devotionals

Alby's Amazing Book by Catalina Echeverri
Storybook exciting children to have adventures reading the Bible!

The Christmas Promise by Alison Mitchell
Retelling of the Christmas story showing how God kept His promise to send a new King

The Christmas Promise (Board Book) by Alison Mitchell
Simple retelling of the Christmas story

The Friend Who Forgives by Dan DeWitt
A true story about how Peter failed and Jesus forgave

The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross by Carl Laferton
The true story of why Jesus died and rose again

God's Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell
How to enjoy being delightfully different, yet all part of God's family.

Goodbye to Goodbyes by Lauren Chandler
A true story about how Jesus came to end goodbyes

Jesus and the Lions' Den by Alison Mitchell
A true story about how Daniel points to Jesus

Jesus and the Very Big Surprise by Randall Goodgame
A true story about Jesus, His return, and how to be ready

The One O'Clock Miracle by Alison Mitchell
Retelling of the story of Jesus healing the official's son from John 4

The Storm That Stopped by Alison Mitchell
Retelling of the story of Jesus calming the storm from Mark 4

Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Fantasy fiction series of novels with extensive parallels to God's creation of the world and Jesus' sacrifice on the cross

Grace for the Moment (Elementary Age)

Love Does for Kids (Elementary Age)

For Such a Time As This: Stories of Women from the Bible, Retold for Girls by Angie Smith, Breezy Brookshire
Bible storybook that retells the stories of 40 prominent women from the Old & New Testament

Grace for the Moment: 365 Devotions for Kids by Max Lucado
This 365-day devotional includes powerful stories, Scripture verses and life applications

Love Does for Kids by Bob Goff
Focuses on helping children feel empowered to do things that will make a tangible difference in the world

The New City Catechism: 52 Questions & Answers for Our Hearts & Minds by Kathy Keller
Collection of questions and answers that teach the core doctrines of the faith

Risen Motherhood: Gospel Hope for Everyday Moments by Emily Jensen & Laura Wifler
Connects the Gospel with your everyday life and applies it to the common issues you face specifically as a parent

Prayer Requests

Healing for those who are currently sick

Protection for those who are vulnerable

Wisdom, safety, energy, and compassion or healthcare professionals and staff

Provision for people currently out of work

Hearts full of peace and joy

That the world would see Jesus and glorify Him in this time

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