April 27, 2014
John 20:19-31
1 Peter 1:3-9

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Children's Sermon for Easter 2
Do You Trust Me? | John 20:19-31
First Thoughts: Here we see the story of Thomas, who is absent when the resurrected Christ appears, and so has difficulty believing the story. We want to help the children examine what it means to take someone at his/her word. How do we know when testimony is trustworthy and when it is false?

Teaching On Your Own: Hey, do you guys trust me? So if I told you I saw something, would you believe me? Yesterday I saw three cardinals outside my bedroom window. Believe that? Okay, what if I told you that I also saw a pig flying through the air. Would you believe that? (wait for "no" response) Why not? Do you think it sounds too wacky? But wait a minute -- you said you trusted me. So which is it -- do you believe me because you think I'm trustworthy, or do you not believe me because my story's too crazy? You know, that's the same problem Thomas had.... click here for the rest of the sermon (including the "Teaching as a Team option and the activity)

Additional material for Easter

Always brand new — Children's Sermon based on 1 Peter 1:3-9
Written for you — Children's Sermon based on John 20:19-31
Written for you — Children's Activity based on John 20:19-31
Every Sunday is special — Children's Sermon based on 1 Peter 1:3-9
Shalom — Children's Sermon based on John 20:19-31
Shalom — Children's Activity based on John 20:19-31
More precious than gold — Children's Sermon based on 1 Peter 1:3-9
Peace! — Children's Sermon based on John 20:19-31
Peace! — Children's Activity based on John 20:19-31
More precious than gold — Children's Sermon based on 1 Peter 1:3-9
I doubt it! — Children's Sermon based on John 20:19-31
Peace Be With You — Children's Activity based on John 20:19-31
Confident living hope — Children's Sermon based on 1 Peter 1:3-9
Scars tell a story — Children's Sermon based on John 20:19-31
Scars tell a story — Children's Activity based on John 20:19-31
More precious than gold — Children's Sermon based on 1 Peter 1:3-9
Believe — Children's Sermon based on John 20:19-31
Believe — Children's Activity based on John 20:19-31
Sight unseen — based on 1 Peter 1:3-9
Peace be with you — based on John 20:19-31
Peace be with you — based on John 20:19-31

Anna Shirey
Anna Shirey has brought her experience and imagination to what can sometimes be a challenging part of worship. Anna is an ordained pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Reverend Shirey earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Economics from Berry College in Mt. Berry, Georgia, and earned her Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry at Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana. Pastor Shirey has served congregations in Odessa, Missouri and Wellsville, New York. She has been involved in Crop Walk, Habitat for Humanity, Amnesty International, and the Jesuit Volunteer Corp. Among her interests -- aside from writing -- are reading, running and yoga, working with children -- her own and those in the church. Anna and her husband Clint Coffey, also a pastor, are the parents of Shirey and Raiden.