KIDSunday and COVID-19

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Dear KIDSunday Families,

Hopefully by now you have seen Mike’s all church video and read his email regarding SBPC’s response to the Coronavirus situation. If you have not, please see below. Please read it over several times as this is the language and heart behind our decision making as a church. I would like to emphasize the following:
  • This is an act of love and compassion, not fear.
  • This is an evolving situation and directives may change. We are monitoring the situation diligently and will continue to adjust the plan and keep you all updated as needed.
  • We have made the difficult decision that there will be no “in person” programming through the end of the month. This means things like Sunday worship, KIDSunday, Fuel, One Youth, MOPS, Small Groups, Senior Center, Casa, etc are suspended through the end of March and will be reassessed at that time.
Today (and over the next few days) our team will be working on assessing felt needs of families, developing general communication strategies and exploring ways to help us and those we serve stay connected during this unique season. I would encourage you to use Mike’s email as a guide as you process with friends and families. As always, do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or simply would like someone to talk this through with. Let’s strive together to find creative and innovative ways to love each other well, be a safe harbor for kids and families and stay in close, Christ-centered community during this season that may feel like quite the opposite.
Also, I know many of you are parents that may be struggling with how to talk with your kids about COVID-19. This has been heavy for us and we all want to be intentional with if, how, and when we talk to our kids. We have gathered a few articles about how to talk to your child(ren) about COVID-19. Scan through and use what works for you with what is age-appropriate for your child(ren) at this stage:
I also know a few weeks off school without advanced mental preparation may be overwhelming for you – especially given the rain we’re having and CDC recommendations for social distancing (small children totally get and are great at that right?!) One of our favorite mom blogs for activities is https://busytoddler.com/ (we love her instagram account over at @busytoddler as well)! While you may not have supplies for all the activities, we’re sure you have some around the house (or can hit up Amazon Prime) and hope that in addition to time in The Jesus Storybook Bible, that these may allow you and your little one(s) to engage in some fun and new activities during your time together over the coming weeks.
Again, please know that these decisions have not been made lightly nor have they been made from a place of fear, but from a place of love, care, and compassion. With the media sensationalism and constant bombardment of opinions and updates, it is easy for us to get lost in fear and despair. This is not what God desires for us. Amidst the uncertainty and unknown, how do we continue to live life grateful, joyful and hopeful? We can choose love over fear – look for the helpers as Mr. Rodger’s mom always told him – they’re everywhere! In fact, we know many of you are the helpers – working doctors and nurses in our group taking on extra hours, individuals offering up toilet paper rolls to anyone in the neighborhood who is out and can’t find any, calling to check in on your elderly neighbors to see if they need anything given they’re high-risk and shouldn’t go out, as well as to chat a bit given they’re probably lonely and isolated if staying in. These postures don’t stop the fear or anxiety, but they shift the lens to one of love, giving us back some sense of control in a time we feel everything happening is out of control. When we see these things happening around us or participate in them, they shine God’s light in the darkness and remind us that He is present and at work amidst the brokenness in this world. May you have eyes to see these things in your midst, and may you especially remember now and in the weeks to come that while we may not be seeing you in person, we are here for you, we are praying for you and your family, and we hope you will reach out with any questions, concerns, or needs that may arise!
With love and prayer,
Jen
Romans 15:5-6 “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

Jen Engelhardt

Director of Early Childhood Ministries (Birth-3rd Grade) &

Director of Childcare (Birth-6th Grade),

Solana Beach Presbyterian Church

(858)509-2580×1353

jen@solanapres.org


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