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Kindness is Welcoming

Summer of Kindness

Acknowledgements

The 2021 Summer of Kindness: Sharing God's Love playlists are a collaboration of conference staff from the Rio Texas, Great Plains, and Michigan Conferences of The United Methodist Church.

Rev. Tanya Campen, Rio Texas
Rev. Melissa Gepford, Great Plains
Rev. Christy Miller-White, Michigan
Rev. Kathy Pittenger, Michigan

family blessing

How to Use This Playlist

The ideas in this playlist (collection of activities, ideas, links, books, and videos) goes along with the Summer of Playful Kindness resource. Included are a video of the Bible story, several activities and games, and the kindness challenge Bingo card. The playlists in the Summer of Kindness can be done in any order or you can come back to them at any time.

Listen

Listen to the story of how God Made Sarah Laugh in Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7 read by Rev. Christy White. You can follow along in your copy of Growing in God's Love on page 50 or read along in your Bible.

Reading from Growing in God's Love. Elizabeth F. Caldwell and Carol A. Wehrheim, editors. © 2018 Flyaway Books. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

Wonder

  • Why did Sarah and Abram prepare this meal for the visitors?
  • When has someone welcomed you you as a friend?
  • How have you welcomed someone else?
  • How is God calling you to welcome others now?

Pray

God- thank you for all the people who welcome me. I am grateful for my friends and family. Help me live as Abram and Sarah- welcoming others. Show me ways I can practice hospitality as I treat people with kindness. Amen!

Play

Laughing Game

Gather two or more people, in person or virtually. One person begins, saying “Ha”. The next person says “Ha ha.” The next says “Ha ha ha.” Continue this pattern, adding a "Ha," for as long as you can without the group bursting into laughter. Repeat as many times as you want!

Act

Don't forget to fill in your Bingo Sheet after you complete your Acts of Kindness!

summer of kindness bingo sheet

KINDNESS BOOKS, MUSIC, and VIDEO

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold