Palm Sunday – Beginning of Holy Week

Image result for palm branch clipartPalm Sunday – Children Lead us in Celebration
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday.

This year Palm Sunday is April 9th. Your children are invited to participate in the palm procession at the beginning of worship on this special day.

We wave palm branches in remembrance of the way Jesus was welcomed into Jerusalem. We continue to show our praise to God for Jesus’ love.

Children who would like to participate in the palm procession should meet in the Kendall Family and Children’s Center at 10:20 a.m. If you have questions, please contact Sarah aspastorsarah@friedensucc.org or 317-709-5857.

Easter Evening Pitch-In

Image result for images for easter dinnerEaster Evening Pitch-in – If you are free on Easter evening and would like to get together, some Treasure Seeker families are having a pitch-in supper around 6 p.m. in the Community Life and Worship Center. All Treasure Seeker families are welcome and please feel free to invite neighbors and friends to come along with you.

Books to Encourage Kindness

13 Children’s Books That Encourage Kindness Towards Others

Kindness is one of the most important character traits, but sometimes kids need an extra reminder about the best ways to be kind to others or why kindness matters. These books provide that reminder in creative and appealing ways. Happy reading!

1. We All Sing With The Same Voice by J. Philip Miller and Sheppard M. Greene

We All Sing With The Same Voice by J. Philip Miller and Sheppard M. Greene

What It’s About: This is a song book that connects kids around the world.

2. Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide To Daily Happiness For Kids by Carol McCloud

Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide To Daily Happiness For Kids by Carol McCloud

What It’s About: This book introduces an idea that everyone has an “invisible bucket.” These buckets are used to hold your good thoughts and feelings about yourself. When you do something kind, you help fill someone else’s bucket.

3. A Sick Day For Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead

A Sick Day For Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead

What It’s About: This story is about a zookeeper who is great friends with all of the animals and takes the time out of his day to do what they like with them. One day, he is too sick to go to work and the animals decide to come and visit him.

4. Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

What It’s About: This story is about a new girl at school, named Maya and how Chloe, who has gone to the school for a while, reacts when she arrives. Chloe is not welcoming towards Maya, and excludes her from the group games. Maya leaves and Chloe is left feeling full of regret.

5. Last Stop On Market Street by Matt de la Pena

What It’s About: This 2016 winner of the Newbery Medal follows a young boy, CJ, and his grandmother on their way home one day. CJ spends most of the journey asking “How come…?” questions about everyone and everything. His grandmother answers each question with patience and eventually they leave the bus to volunteer at a soup kitchen.

6. Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts

What It’s About: In this book, we see a young boy dreaming about getting a pair of really cool shoes. Unfortunately, his family does not have the money for this dream to become a reality. He eventually finds the shoes in a thrift shop in near perfect condition and buys them even though they are too tight. Another kid in his class can’t afford new shoes either, and his feet would fit in the cool shoes when the narrator’s would not. So, the narrator decides to give his shoes away.

7. Horton Hears A Who by Dr. Seuss

Horton Hears A Who by Dr. Seuss

What It’s About: A classic Dr. Seuss, this book is about an elephant who discovers an entire community living on a speck of dust. With his big ears, Horton is the only animal in the jungle who is able to hear the Whos. Despite being made fun of by the other animals, Horton stands by Whoville because he knows it is the right thing to do.

8. Enemy Pie by Derek Munson

Enemy Pie by Derek Munson

What It’s About: This is about a boy who is having a great summer until Jeremy Ross moves in down the street. Jeremy excludes people from birthday parties and laughs when they strike out in baseball. The narrator’s father makes enemy pie to help defeat Jeremy Ross. In order for enemy pie to work, the boys have to play together all day. By the end of the day they are good friends and enjoy the pie together.

9. Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson, Fumi Kosaka

Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson, Fumi Kosaka

What It’s About: This story is about an average girl who decides to pick some blueberries for her neighbor. The neighbor bakes blueberry muffins and gives plates of them to five other people. This good deed turns into a chain strangers doing kind things for other strangers. Eventually, Mary has someone do something nice for her whose kind actions can be traced back to Mary’s blueberry picking. by Trudy Ludwig

10. The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

What It’s About: This sweet book tells the story of Brian, a quiet boy who never makes a fuss or much noise at all. He feels invisible compared to the other children who are the center of the teacher’s attention by being loud, or the children with lots of friends who get picked first for sports. When a new kid comes to school, he makes Brian feel a lot less invisible.

11. The Three Questions by Jon J Muth

The Three Questions by Jon J Muth

What It’s About: This book is about a boy named Nikolai who wants to be a good person, but is not always sure how. He wants to discover the answer to the three questions: When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do? His three animal friends help him answer these questions, but they all have slightly different approaches. He eventually learns that the right time is now, the important one is the one you are with, and the right thing to do is good.

12. Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins

Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins

What It’s About: This book is about a cake, who is, very rude. He never says please or thank you, never listens, and doesn’t share well. One day a giant cyclops takes the rude cake and wears him as a hat. The cyclops has great manners, but the cake hates being a hat. After finally getting away from the cyclops, the cake becomes much more polite.

13. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

What It’s About: A familiar book to many, this book tells the heartfelt story of a boy and a tree who loved each other very much, but the boy ends up taking parts of the tree until the tree is worn down into a stump. At the end of the book, the boy (now an old man) just needs a place to sit, so he and the stump sit together.

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