Parents are a child's primary resource for questions and formation related to faith, religion and God. We are here to help you and your family find ways to incorporate the Christian tradition into your lives in an authentic and meaningful way. Below are a list of resources that we have found to be helpful in the pursuit of raising grounded children. We will continually update this list, and feel free to recommend books that you've found helpful. And if you have any further needs or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact our clergy or our Director of Children's Ministries.
Love First Book List
This is a short list of our top choices for incorporating love and empathy into your conversations at home. Take time to pause while reading to talk with children about how each of the characters might be feeling. This is a useful practice to further develop empathy and concern for others. Additional books with similar themes can be found on the book shelf in our classroom hallway. You are welcome to peruse the books and borrow them as needed. Please return them the following week so they can be shared with other families.
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead (friendship)
The Journey by Francesca Sanna (refugees)
Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox (elders)
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena (race)
Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting (homelessness)
Those Shoes by Marybeth Boelts (empathy)
The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig (empathy)
The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper (empathy)
Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss (courage)
Unstoppable Me by Wayne Dyer (self-confidence)
In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek (love)
Giving Thanks by Chief Swamp (gratitude)
The Story of Ruby Bridges by George Ford (racism/courage)
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns by Mehrdokht Amini and Hena Khan (Islam)
Always With You by Ruth VanderZee (love and kindness)
Wonder by R.J. Palacio (empathy)
Where Will I Live? by Rosemary McCarney (refugees)
Prayers for bedtime, dinner time, and anytime
Incorporating prayer into your busy lives is an important way to express gratitude for our many blessings and to express care and concern for others. This regular practice of communicating with God is also beneficial for calming busy minds and extending our circle of concern. Below are some of our favorites:
Father, keep me through the night,
Sleeping safely in Your sight.
Keep this house in which I rest
And all who sleep here richly blessed
Send me angels from above
To cover me with Your sweet love.
Father, keep me through the night
Sleeping safely in Your sight.
Dinner Time Prayers:
In addition or in lieu of a prayer, considering going around the table sharing one thing you're grateful for, and one thing you're worried about.
Bless, O Lord, this food to our use and us to they service.
And keep us ever mindful of the needs of others. For Christ's sake. Amen.
God, we thank You for this food,
For rest and home and all things good,
For wind and rain and sun above,
But most of all for those we love.
A blessing for my friends:
Dear Lord, please bless my friends today
While at school and while at play.
Keep them safe both day and night.
Lead them toward the way that's right.
Help them to remember You
And trust in You with all they do.
Give their hearts a joyful song
To keep them happy all day long.
A prayer of gratitude:
Thank you God for all that grows,
Thank you for the sky's rainbows,
Thank you for the stars that shine,
Thank you for these friends of mine,
Thank you for the moon and sun,
Thank you God for all you've done!