I Have No Words.

We have begun our second month of self-isolation and quarantine. People all over the world have experienced so many life-draining emotions: fear, anxiety, stress, confusion, frustration, exhaustion, weariness, sadness, grief. The same people have also experiences life-giving emotions, too: unity, hope, creativity, kindness, awareness, generosity, love, comfort, care, solidarity.

With such a range of thoughts and feelings, we might be at a loss of words to express where we are coming from. Thankfully, Jesus paved a path for us when words do not come and our minds are swirling. Those words are in the form of a prayer.

Below are two videos on prayer, one from a storybook Bible and the second is a beautifully illustrated interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer. Beloved ones, when words fail or do not come, let us pray. Amen. ~Laurel

The first Last Supper

Maundy Thursday, bon appetit!

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Today is Maundy Thursday, the middle of Holy Week. On this day, we remember Jesus’ time with his disciples in the Upper Room. He washed their very dirty feet (symbol as the lowliest servant), then invited them to a Passover meal around the table. There, he introduced our first Last Supper (Communion). Wow, what an evening! Join us on Facebook tonight at 6:30 for a live Maundy Thursday Worship. https://www.facebook.com/holmeswoodbaptist/

In the meantime, hope you enjoy this video on Maundy Thursday and the first Last Supper:

Be sure and take care of yourselves and each other. God’s here, and you are most certainly loved.

~Laurel

Bible Bingo has Begun

Well, we’re surviving another week of Staying at Home and (hopefully) remaining healthy.

If you’re running out of things for the kids to do or just feeling ‘meh’ about it all, hope the following can provide some fun to your day…

Bible BINGO - Christian Preschool Printables
Email me (Laurel . cluthe @holmeswood .org) to receive a few Bingo cards!

Let’s Play Bingo!

How this works:

  1. Grab a bingo card or two (Some have been mailed out, or email Laurel . cluthe @ holmeswood .org for the PDF). ALL are invited to play.
  2. Watch the Bible story videos & mark off the ones you/your family has watched. https://holmeswoodfam.org/bingo/
  3. Get 5 marked squares in a row, and a prize will be delivered to your home! (Email or text Laurel when you’ve won.) One prize per household; game ends April 30.

The first two videos are up on our Bible Bingo page (quick link above in menu bar), so let’s get started!

What Is God Like?

Happy Monday! πŸŽ‰

Join me for a fun story about God in the city. πŸ“š πŸ“– πŸ“š

Keep learning, keep asking questions, and let’s share the fruit of God’s Spirit with others! ❀️

Stay connected with Holmeswood by checking your emails (sign up here) and our church Facebook page: Facebook.com/holmeswoodbaptist πŸ‘©β€πŸ’» πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»

Let’s have a great day!

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P.S. Adults & Kids: What do you think of this book? Where have you seen God today in your home? Reply in the Comments section (Facebook or on the Blog)

Church is Going Online!

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Hello, Friends!
A lot has happened since our blog last week. WHEW! Are you taking deep breaths? Are you sitting still when you can? These are strange times, and it’s okay to name it. This is also a season when we can reconnect with God, ourselves and each other in really meaningful, fun ways.

Guess what? God. Is. Here. And here are some ways to deepen time with God:

  • God wants to hear your thoughts and feelings. Share those with God through prayer, journaling, drawing or even while walking around your neighborhood.
  • When you’re feeling cabin fever or stressed out, take a few deep breaths. Count to 5 as you inhale, and count to 5 as you exhale. I have a little relaxing corner in my home where I can read, journal, workout or just meditate in silence. It’s okay to “just be still” because sometimes our best ideas and energy comes from that time. Allow yourself to breathe deeply and often.
    • Try a Breath Prayer: {Inhale a deep breath and whisper} “God of Love” then {exhale and whisper} “help me relax.” Can you get more real than that prayer? Try this breath prayer 5-10 times, or until you are feeling more present. Change up the words; 3-4 syllables for each part works well.
  • Take care of your Temple. God made our bodies…what a gift! And our bodies crave comfort when life has changes and uncertainties. Instead of grabbing a comfort cupcake or bag of calm-down chips, consider swapping those for sliced apples with cinnamon or celery and hummus. I promise you’ll start to feel better and have more energy. And gulp down more water. (I’m working on this with you!)
    • And with so many places closed and get-togethers cancelled, consider having a Cooking Party! Call up or Facetime a friend and swap recipes or meal ideas. Gather your family around the kitchen, and give everyone a job. Joke about messy moments in the kitchen, and enjoy deep belly laughs. Make a casserole dish (or a simple sandwich) while chatting and have a great time together “in the kitchen.”

Miss sitting in Worship?

Oh, how I miss seeing your smiling faces…so please do me a favor and send me a photo of yourself. Email, text or post a photo of yourself/family on Facebook, and I’ll print them out and paste them in the sanctuary pews for Sunday. Haha, this could be fun! (And it helps your pastors not speak to a totally empty room!)

And be sure to check you email and visit our church Facebook page often! We have lots of exciting videos and activities coming your way. https://www.facebook.com/holmeswoodbaptist If you don’t receive emails from church, let me know.

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I know times are strange right now, but we are going to get through it together! It’s all going to be okay–just stay safe, make wise choices and take care of each other through social media, phone calls and even letters. Yeah!

If you’d like to send a card or note to someone at church who lives alone, let me know! I’ll assign a pen pal to you. = ) God loves you, we love you and we are going to be alright. ~Laurel

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Hi, Friends!

Wow, this has been a wild week. Last night, we sent out an all-church email with Holmeswood’s plan to keep Coronavirus out of our community (see below). Instead of increasing anxiety in an already stressful climate, our role as a church is to help your family have a plan, not a panic. Not sure how to talk to your kids and teens about Coronavirus? Check out UNICEF’s helpful quick guide.


We’d appreciate your help ensuring the health and safety of everyone. In saying that, you might have some extra time at home in the upcoming days and weeks. If you’re tired of cleaning and doing other chores, here are a few ideas to connect as a family and have some fun, too:

Faith & Fun Activities at Home – The Coronovirus Stay-cation

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  • Make a Family Prayer Jar, an easy way to remember to talk to God about our feelings and stuff happening in our family’s life.
  • Learn “Christo Me Ama” (Jesus Loves Me in Spanish); one verse of this is the perfect length to sing while washing your hands with soap and warm water!
  • Toddlers/Preschoolers: Learn some Bible verses together using these fun robot cards.
  • Kids/Youth: Learn the books of the Bible using Legos.
  • Youth/College: Learn more about SSP and San Diego for our upcoming Mission Trip meeting! (April 5)
  • How about some Bible games? Or just a fun obstacle course around the house?
  • And, on a rainy day or sleepy night at home, there are some great films and TV shows on Netflix that talk about faith and the Bible. There are options for all ages. Here are a few notables for littles:

As we stay alert and prepared, know that God the Creator of the Universe is present with you (see this week’s Let It Rain post to read more). Share your thoughts, feelings and ventings with God. You are loved.

~Laurel

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