Choosing to Care

Make simple faces like the ones shown in the photo. Ask the children to think about how they feel (happy, sad, sleepy, or so-so) and point to the picture of how they are feeling. Say: “Would you mind sharing why you feel that way today?” Often this will lead to opportunities to pray for a child. ("I'm sleepy because Mom and Dad were fighting last night and it kept me awake." "I'm happy because I have a new baby brother.")

Songs by Mary Rice Hopkins which can be used during this sharing time are: Call Upon the Lord (In My Garden), Give ‘em to Jesus (In My Garden), Hold On (Lighthouse), Hole in the Sky (Get On Board), and Talk To You (Come Meet Jesus).