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Kindness Can Be Hard

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 about the Widow of Zeraphath in 1 Kings 17:8-24. You can follow along in Growing in God's Love: A Story Bible or your favorite Bible.

Story read by author Carol A. Wehrheim 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

  • What surprises did you hear in the story?
  • How did the widow feel when Elijah asked for help?
  • Why did the widow trust Elijah?
  • How did Elijah’s kindness change the widow and her son?
  • What God is calling you to do next?

Pray

God- the world is full of surprises. Some are exciting and others can be hard. Thank you for helpers who show kindness and care even when it is hard. Help me know how to help others when it feels difficult. Amen.

Play

Make a Möbius Loop

Follow the steps at KiwiCo. It might be kind of hard, but don't give up - you'll be surprised once you're finished!

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

Enemy Pie by Derek Munson

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle