At Home: Parent Resources

Thank you for supporting your camper(s) in their faith journey this summer as they explore the Silver Lake At Home program. This page offers resources for you. New content will be posted on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week.

     • Week 1
     • Week 2
     • Week 3
     • Week 4

Parenting in a Pandemic

Thursday, July 9, 7 p.m.

Parents, join Rev. Molly Baskette, pastor and longtime Silver Lake chaplain, and child psychologist Ellen O’Donnell, Silver Lake mom, for a Zoom community conversation about grieving and creating ritual, giving our kids structure and support in this time of pandemic, helping our kids continue to fledge into autonomy without the glory of sleepaway camp, and how to claim your role as your child’s primary spiritual teacher even if you feel like a newbie to religion and spirituality yourself.

Week 1

Weeding: A Devotion by Debby Kirk

Do-It-Yourself Home Communion & Blessing with Rev. Chris Mereschuk

Communion is a reminder of our connection to God and to each other, and gives us a "foretaste" (preview) of what it will be like when we can gather together in person again. Silver Lake alum and UCC pastor Rev. Chris Mereschuk guides you through preparing and celebrating Communion at home in this video designed for all ages. The video includes a little bit of a lesson about the meaning of Communion, plus a blessing that families can share with one another. 

Activity Length: 13 minutes 
Age Range: All 
Supplies Needed: Something to eat and something to drink, plate and cup. (Optional: Items for an altar.) 
Accessibility: English Closed Captions 

Note: Can be done with one person or multiple participants.  


Parenting in a Pandemic with Rev. Molly Baskette & Ellen O'Donnell.

Live event! Thursday, July 9, 7 p.m.
 Register here.

Week 2

The Light Within: A Devotion by Debby Kirk

Connecting God with Worship with Rev. Kristin Kleiman


Into the Unknown: A Reflection by Rev. Jill Terpstra

Week 3

This week, we offer you a five-part series from Karen Ziel.

Day 1: Marshmallow Memories

Day 2: Sleeping Bag Comfort

Day 3: Stargazing

Day 4: Screen Fast

Day 5: Challenge By Choice

Week 4

Habitat Building: A Reflection by Rev. Diann Bailey

The Quiet Ride Home: A Reflection by Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer

Kosha Prayer with Rev. Suzi Townsley

Koshas for centering or petitioning prayers 


On the Other Side: A Poem by Rev. Diane Monti-Catania


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