VIDEOS & ACTIVITIES for TREEHOUSE & BACKYARD KIDS
Find all our Children’s Ministries Resources HERE. Use the Parent Guides, activity pages, and our personalized Bible Story videos to share God’s love with your family.
VIRTUAL SUNDAY SCHOOL
Visit the Children’s Ministries Resources page HERE to find the links for your child’s Sunday School Small Group. Let our leaders capture their attention while you grab a cup of coffee after church!
REGISTER FOR VIRTUAL VBS NOW
We plan to “FOCUS: Take a Closer Look” at God’s love for us in some really creative and virtual ways July 13-16! Click HERE to register your kids and to volunteer now! For more information, contact Lisa Ann Henkel.
CELEBRATE VBS with T-SHIRTS & CDS
You can preorder T-shirts and CDs HERE. The CD also is available on all music streaming platforms!
AFTER-VBS SPORTS CAMP
Because VBS is virtual this year, we will NOT host an After-VBS Sports Camp. As soon as we can gather together again safely, we will welcome Armored Sports Camps back for Parents’ Night Out events!
Parents partnering with Children’s Ministries is always important, but it can be especially helpful in times of uncertainty. Consistent communication builds trust between us and equips you to have spiritual conversations at home. Below are resources to help you during this stressful time:
- Managing Fear and Anxiety During a Health Pandemic – a blog post for parents on managing anxiety during any number of life disruptions: https://bit.ly/2Q6kJTG
- Anxiety Conversation Guides – Helping a child with anxiety is a challenge. You can download these age-appropriate resources to find tips and practical ways to help your children.
- Helping Kids Navigate Anxiety Podcast – On this episode, Sissy Goff, Director of Child and Adolescent Counseling at Daystar Counseling Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee, shares tools for leaders helping kids process anxiety. https://bit.ly/2TZx1OR
- Parent Cue App – This free app gives parents weekly cues that are aligned with the content in our Sunday School video presentations. https://bit.ly/2wTCNtG
Let us know how we can pray for your families. What are some specific concerns your children have that we can help with? Email Lisa Ann Henkel (email@example.com; 832-808-4255) or Traci Baudin (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are here for all of you!
CONNECT WITH STUDENT MINISTRIES ON INSTAGRAM & YOUTUBE Thursdays, 4 p.m. Middle School; 4:30 p.m. High School
Interact with Daniel and Amber on Instagram each Thursday. Check out grace.highschool and grace.middleschool stories for fun ways to connect via social media. Don’t have an Instagram account? You can still participate by going to the Student Ministries YouTube channel at GPCH Students.
SENIOR SUNDAY, May 3, 10 a.m. Worship Service
Join us for a virtual celebration as we honor our graduating seniors during our Sunday morning Worship Service.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! STUDENTS SHARE DAY-IN-THE-LIFE VIDEOS
We invite students and their families to shoot their own short Day-in-the-Life videos to share on our social media. For guidelines, contact Phil Warman.
KEEP UP THE SCAVENGER HUNT-New Deadline: May 3
What’s your favorite Quarantine Outfit? Does it include Tie-Dye? If it does, you’ve got two of the Scavenger Hunt items already! You now have until May 3 to finish the hunt and win cool prizes! Find all the items by visiting @grace.middleschool or @grace.highschool on Instagram or look in the weekly Student Ministries email.
LAST WEEK TO BUILD A FORT! You’ve got one more week to build your most epic fort! Get creative and send a picture to Phil Warman. We will post the pictures and announce the prize winner next week.
MCKECHNIE SCHOLARSHIPS – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 15
Due to the uncertainty regarding the dates for re-starting schools at all levels, the Grace Endowment trustees have decided to extend the deadline for scholarship applications to May 15. If you haven’t submitted an application and you wish to do so, please see the requirements below and use the link to submit an application. Scholarship requirements:
- Parent, guardian or student must be active in the life of Grace Presbyterian Church in Houston.
- Student must be enrolled or accepted into an accredited primary or secondary school or college or university for which the scholarship application is submitted.
- Applicants will need to demonstrate satisfactory academic standing which includes a minimum 2.5 GPA (on a four-point scale) or equivalent and successful class completion rate.
- A short essay is part of the application.
Links that help foster healthy communication with teenagers during times of uncertainty, and when circumstances can cause anxiety:
FINANCIAL PEACE COURSE AVAILABLE
Sundays through June 14, 7 p.m.
Are you ready to take control of your money? Grace Elder Deb Castillo will coordinate a virtual class of Financial Peace University (FPU), a nine-lesson course designed to help you build a budget, dump debt, grow your wealth, and leave money stress behind! Each lesson, taught by Dave Ramsey and his team of financial experts, is based on biblical wisdom and common sense. In your FPU group, you’ll be motivated and encouraged by others just like you! For more information or to register, contact Denise Phelps. To register, please click HERE.
PONDER FARM TO TABLE CLASS GOES ONLINE Sunday mornings, 11:15 a.m.
If you’ve been wanting to experience of the freshness of God’s join the Farm to Table class on Zoom at 11:15 on Sundays to Ponder a verse or two that relates to the Sunday Sermon. No preparation is necessary – but you will want your Bible and a pen and paper. Click HERE to join the Zoom.
During this pandemic season, one of the most powerful ways we can engage together is through prayer. Click HERE to access our prayer page to submit prayer requests or to utilize resources for weekly prayers.
We are partnering with UNITE 714 where thousands of believers unite together praying the same prayer at 7:14 each morning and night.
SUPPORT WEST HOUSTON ASSISTANCE MINISTRIES
Grace and Friends of Westchase are partnering together with West Houston Assistance Ministries (WHAM) to collect food and other items for families who may find themselves needing extra help. Check out the list below to see how you can help our community and make Jesus visible. WHAM is requesting volunteers to help package drive-thru pick-up food packs and hand out packs through WHAM’s distribution line (see attached a picture). To volunteer people can show up at WHAM starting at 8 a.m. Monday-Friday.You also can purchase and ship items to WHAM from their Amazon wish list.
Do you have a tutoring or teaching background? Are you looking for a way to use your background during Covid-19? If so, consider volunteering as a tutor to help families dealing with the stress of school at home. We are compiling a list of people who are interested in teaching any core curriculum subject (i.e. Math, English, Reading, Spelling, History). You can choose the online communication application that you and the recipient family are most comfortable with during your first contact with a parent. To learn more or to serve as a tutor, please contact Margaret Ellis at 713-501-5140.
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBORS
As much as you are able within the suggested guidelines with care and compassion, reach out to your neighbors, the elderly, the vulnerable and see how you can help make Jesus visible to them. The simple gesture of being connected and in community will provide great comfort to those who feel most isolated.
We’d love for you to share these “Stories of Grace” online with the Grace family so we can we celebrate and stay socially connected even as we must be physically distant.
Steps for Prevention
Public health officials recommend the following steps people should take to reduce their risk of getting and spreading any viral respiratory infections. These include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
- Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill.
A Prayer for a Pandemic
“May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake. May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable. May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent. May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options. May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all. May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home. During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors. AMEN” (Author Unknown)”
CHURCH OFFICES REMAIN CLOSED AT THIS TIME
The church offices remain closed, and all church employees continue to work from home. We also continue to broadcast our services at 10 a.m. (11 a.m. for Grace en Español) each Sunday. If you need to reach someone at the church, you may call the main number to be connected to the pastor on call voicemail. For administrative or financial matters, you may contact Hardie Morgan (email@example.com; 713-267-5028).
Some of you have been dropping off your offerings at the church. With the offices closed that will no longer be feasible. Gifts made by made online atwww.gpch.org/give or alternatively you can mail a check to Grace Presbyterian Church at 10221 Ella Lee Lane, Houston Texas 77042.