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Children’s Ministry Update

August Update

Sunday Mornings for our Elementary School Kiddos

We hope everyone has enjoyed a fun summer and is excited to begin a new Sunday School year on Sunday morning, August 20. I am thrilled to announce that all children, ages Pre-Kindergarten through 5th Grade, will be experiencing Godly Play for Sunday School this year. Thanks to the generous financial and volunteer support of this amazing church family, we have doubled the number of Godly Play Bible stories as well as built a strong Godly Play team truly committed to helping guide our children as they continue to grow spiritually.

Parents and children, please plan to join us on August 20 at 9:45 a.m. in the Children’s Ministry Suite. Once children have met their new Godly Play Guides and are engaged in fun activities with their Sunday School friends, parents are invited to join Ms. Natalie to take a tour of the Godly Play Rooms and to learn more about our Sunday morning routine and schedule, the many ways children can serve in worship and be a part of the outreach mission of the church, as well as upcoming events for children and families.

Sunday Mornings for our Little Ones

As we return to our regular worship schedule on August 13, the nursery will be available to our infants, toddlers, and preschoolers from 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. We have been very lucky to have such a kind and committed nursery staff for many years. I am so grateful to Ms. Wendi Finch, Ms. Rita Raines and Ms. Mary Smith for their leadership, partnership, and love of this ministry. We will certainly miss Ms. Wendi as we begin this new year, but the nursery remains in good hands with Ms. Rita continuing to serve as our Baby Room lead and Ms. Mary leading the Nursery Playroom and Sunday School for our toddlers and preschoolers. We will also have Ms. Robin Smith, Ms. Claire Hurley, and Ms. Caylee Morrell returning to work in the nursery as they begin another school year at the University of Georgia.

In addition to our nursery staff, we encourage church members to lend an extra hand in the nursery on Sunday mornings. Not only does it help provide a safe and nurturing environment for our children, but it is also a wonderful opportunity for members to meet and get to know our children and their families.

Ms. Melinda DeMaria has been serving on the Children’s Ministries Team as well as serving as our Nursery Volunteer Scheduler for the past two years. Melinda has ensured that every Sunday morning, church member volunteers are ready to help with our little ones and assist our nursery staff. She also serves on the Pastor Nominating Committee and as the work of this committee moves forward, she will be rolling off of the Children’s Ministries Team and finishing up her time as Nursery Volunteer Scheduler at the end of the summer. Her service to our children and families has been invaluable and I am grateful for her partnership!

I am excited to announce that Ms. Jennifer Abbott will be joining the Children’s Ministries Team and will be our new Nursery Volunteer and Staff Coordinator. She will coordinate nursery volunteers and staff and will also serve as our nursery greeter, welcoming our children and parents to the nursery on Sunday mornings.

Thank you FPC family for the many ways that you support Children’s Ministries and for loving our children!

Natalie Bishop, Director of Children’s Ministries

Godly Play Core Training
Thursday, June 8 – Saturday, June 10

If you would like to join our Godly Play Circle on Sunday mornings as a Storyteller or Doorkeeper, please plan to attend this core training in June. Contact Natalie Bishop for more information, natalie@firstpresathens.org or 706-543-4338.



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