Children’s Ministry
The Rochester Free Methodist Church has two wonderful programs to offer our families with young children.  Shine, which runs part of the year (Sept. -April) in the evenings for grades K -5th .   And our Jr. Church program which runs continuously through the year for ages 2-12 yrs. Each program offers the children fun activities focused on spreading the message of Jesus, and teaching our youngsters how to live out a life of faith.  We understand that the children are our future, and strive to not only get them engaged and excited about faith, but to help them understand their value as a child of God.
As parents and grandparents, we in the children’s ministry department are well aware of how this break from school and church is impacting our youngsters. With that in mind, our Director Rachel and myself thought that compiling some activities that can be done at home to keep little hands and minds busy could be a blessing to both the children and their parents. On this page you will find links to  free educational websites, Christian videos, family devotionals and print outs to help pass the time! Check back often as we will be changing content, and adding more links throughout the upcoming days and weeks.
Website Links
Family Devotions
Print outs
Theme: God Is in Control

Wrong Way!

Reading Time: 2 minutes
Bible Reading: Isaiah 43:1-4
Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. 

University of California football player Roy Riegels made Rose Bowl history back in 1929. In the second quarter of the game, he scooped up a Georgia Tech fumble and headed for the wrong end zone. He was tackled—by a teammate-just before crossing the goal line. His mistake would have earned Georgia Tech six points. Riegels’s team had to punt from their own end zone. Georgia Tech blocked the kick, resulting in a two-point safety that eventually won the game for Georgia Tech.

During halftime, the California players filed glumly into the dressing room. Riegels slumped in a corner, buried his face in his hands, and sobbed uncontrollably. Coach Price offered no halftime pep talk. What could he say? As the team got ready to go out for the second half, his only comment was, “Men, the same team that played the first half will start the second.”

The players started for the door, all but Roy Riegels. Coach Price walked to the corner where Riegels sat and said quietly, “Roy, didn’t you hear me?”

“I can’t do it,” Roy protested. “I have ruined you, the university, and myself.”

Coach Price put his hand on the player’s shoulder. “Roy, get up and go back; the game is only half over.” Inspired by his coach’s confidence, Roy Riegels went out to play again. After the game, the Georgia Tech players said Riegels played harder in the second half than they had ever seen anyone play.

What you see in Coach Price is just a glimmer of God’s accepting attitude toward us. We make mistakes. Once in a while we run the wrong way. And when we stumble and fall, we make the problem worse by shrinking from God in shame. But he comes to us and says, “Get up and keep going; the game is only half over.” That’s uncondi­tional love for you to receive and enjoy!

In Isaiah 43:1 God promises to love and accept you. He says, “You belong to me; you are mine.” Make that verse personal: “The God of the universe has called me by name. He says I belong to him.”

God doesn’t disown you when you go the wrong way. He never says, “You blew it, so you don’t belong to me any longer.” Sure, he wants you to turn around and go the right way, and he puts his Spirit inside you to get you going again. But he never says anything but, “You belong to me, you are mine.”

TALK: Think of an area where you’ve blown it. What does God think of you now that you’ve messed up?

PRAY: God, thanks for believing in us even when we blow it.

ACT: Show someone the kind of acceptance that God has shown to you.
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