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Children’s Ministry Update

April Update

“Now is the time for the color purple. It is the time for preparing. Purple is the color of kings. We are preparing for the coming of a king and his going and his coming again. We are preparing for the Mystery of Easter.”
– The Mystery of Easter, Godly Play story

During Lent, the children have been experiencing the Godly Play story Faces of Easter. After listening to a new part of the story, remembering the life of Jesus as he grew from a little boy into a man, the children have been creating their very own Prayer Garden outside in the courtyard. Be sure to come take a peek on Easter at this special place the children have created.

Holy Week for Children and Families
Palm Sunday, Meet the donkey and join the Palm Procession, April 14, 10:40 a.m.
Children and families are invited to come meet the sweet donkey and join the Palm Procession outside the Weekday School entrance of the upper parking lot. Children who sing in the St. Andrew’s and Cherub Choirs will rehearse at 10:20 a.m. in the choir room and
then join the Palm Procession. Both children’s choirs will be singing during the 11:00 a.m. worship service. We will not have Sunday School.
Children, Pre K – 5th Grade, are invited to a special Palm Sunday Children’s Church in the Children’s Ministry Suite during the 11:00 a.m. worship service.

Maundy Thursday Dinner and Worship, April 18, 5:45 p.m.
Children, Pre K – 5th Grade, are invited to participate in our Maundy Thursday Dinner and Worship. We will begin by sharing a meal in Fellowship Hall and remain around the dinner tables for worship. The service will include a short drama titled “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?” Children and youth will be invited to help distribute bread and juice to the tables for the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Nursery will be provided for our little ones during worship.

Easter Egg Hunt & Picnic Saturday, April 20, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join us at Lee Epting’s beautiful family property, The Hill, 1800 Crescent Lane. It’s the perfect setting for an Easter Egg Hunt and picnic! Don’t forget to bring your Easter Basket, picnic basket with lunch, and blanket for your family. Please sign up here.

Easter, April 21, Services at 8:45 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. & Easter Brunch, 9:30 a.m.
Please join us for Easter worship. During worship, children, ages Pre K – 5th Grade, are invited to remain in the Sanctuary as we celebrate as a church family the risen Christ. We will not have Children’s Church. Nursery will be available for infants – four year olds during worship. All are invited to enjoy Easter Brunch during the Sunday School hour in Fellowship Hall.

Online Registration is NOW OPEN for VBS 2019, ROAR!
Vacation Bible School will begin on Tuesday, May 28, and will finish up on Friday, May 31, and will be from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. each day. This year our VBS theme is ROAR! Life is Wild! God is Good! During this fun week at FPC, the children will explore God’s goodness and learn how a ferocious faith will help power them through this wild life!

Over the past few years, we have had over 100 children attend Vacation Bible School. And with 100 sweet and very energetic kiddos, we need lots of adult and youth volunteers! Please consider joining our WONDERFUL VBS VOLUNTEER TEAM. We have a variety of VBS volunteer needs, from help with set-up, to snack duty, to Godly Play storytelling. If you are available to lend a hand, for one day or for the entire week of VBS, please contact me or  call 706-543-4338.

Also, we need your help with collecting a few household items. We need empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls and empty, cleaned out metal coffee cans. Please bring these items to the Children’s Ministry Suite and place them in the storage containers labeled “VBS Supplies.” Thanks so much for your help!

Natalie Bishop, Director of Children’s Ministries







Children’s Ministry

Event Time
Palm Sunday Procession with the DonkeyApril 14
Easter Egg Hunt and PicnicApril 20, 12:00 p.m.
Blessing of the 5th GradersMay 12