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Resources and Updates for Westside Kids

Dear Westside Kids Families,

We wanted to connect back up to let you know that we’re thinking about you and pray you’re all doing well! Also, we wanted to share something new that will be happening very soon, and a really awesome way for your kids to reach out to our community.    

First, we’re very excited that beginning this coming Sunday, May 3rd, ten minutes before the Westside Live online service will be our Kids Service! There you’ll find a  favorite worship song, Bible Story teaching and a video to go along with the Bible Story. We’re very happy to be a part of the Westside Sunday service experience, so be sure and have your kids join us. Then watch the main service after! 

We have a wonderful outreach opportunity to share with you. Fox Hollow and Stone Lodge Independent & Assisted Living facilities here in Bend are home to many residents who are currently quarantined with all the rest of us. Many can’t have the normal visits with family and friends. We would love for our kids to participate in making cards, notes and pictures/drawings for the residents to brighten up their days during this time. It will truly make such a difference!   

Mother’s Day Cards would be wonderful too! If you’d like a name of a specific Mother for your child to personalize their card, we have those ready to give you. Just respond back to this email and we’ll send you the name of a Mom! Thank you so much!       Mail your kids cards, notes and pictures/drawings to:   Fox Hollow: 2599 NE Studio Road, Bend OR 97701   Stone Lodge: 1460 NE 27th Street, Bend OR 97701 

Remember during the week to check out our Westside Kids Facebook & Instagram pages! We’ll be sharing great resources for you and your kids! Bible Story of the week craft ideas, object lessons, at home activities and much more, all designed especially for your kids! 

We’ll continue to stay connected with you our Westside Kids and families. Please know our entire team is continuing to pray for you and sending you our love!   

Blessings to you all, 
Westside Kids Ministry Team 
Joanie, Deb, Gail and Melissa 

Check out this great object lesson brought to you by one of our amazing volunteers, Jesse, and his daughters.

Hey Parents, 

We see you and are cheering you on in these challenging days. We believe that not only has God equipped you to be the very parents your kiddos need, but also that God is WITH you. We know it can be challenging to engage, entertain, and educate your kids from day to day so we have gathered some awesome, free resources for your kids in this time. We hope it will help lift your load and remind you that we are with you too.

Free Resources for kids:  

Superbook Kids website – a safe place for kids to play some online games, learn more about the Bible, and grow in their faith!
https://us-en.superbook.cbn.com/infoparents

Find activities and crafts at Focus on the Family Clubhouse magazine: 
https://www.focusonthefamily.com/clubhouse-jr-magazine/

Enjoy online read-alouds and activities from your favorite Children’s Authors:  
https://www.weareteachers.com/virtual-author-activities/?utm_content=1584565321&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR2UaZiRC_1Ea11dmmBCkQO_JgMwLmP5O10kO0MFH485h-ozk0A3WC8uk5M

Here’s a complete list of Educational Companies offering Free subscriptions:  
https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/135609/list-of-education-companies-offering-free-subscriptions/?fbclid=IwAR2k_sz9AdlMmB7t0N98oe61b5i0P2laxRhr8D9PX6IWF1U-AF3t9sqo6VE

12 Free Online Art Lessons on Youtube:
https://homeschoolhideout.com/art-lessons-on-youtube/?fbclid=IwAR1-OP309oVhz0I7Rsi3qTuC807ajZ-5sYp54n_He1e56Fga8RshDSGmyVk

Explore museums, galleries, zoos and landmarks offering free online resources:
https://people.com/travel/stuck-at-home-you-can-visit-these-world-famous-sites-from-your-couch-for-free/

In response to the Governor’s statewide cancellation of all group gatherings of 25 or larger and the President’s guideline to cancel gatherings larger than 10 people, Westside Church will be closed for all services and classes, as well as youth and young adult gatherings for the duration of the statewide cancellation (currently expected to end on April 14). During this unprecedented global health crisis, we are committed to protecting the most vulnerable in our community and will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds.

As a church, we are called to love & care for our neighbors. Right now, that includes protecting our neighbors in every way we can. Our adherence to these regulations reflects our sense of responsibility to our community, not panic or fear.

Throughout the gathering ban we will live-stream our Sunday services online at our regular times: 8:15, 9:45, 11:15am and 5:30pm at westsidelive.org. Financial gifts can be made online on our giving page.

Watch the live-stream of our services here.

Or watch on Facebook Live.

To receive automated updates regarding the closure via text from the church, please text “westside” to 474747.

Contact us with questions.