We are looking forward to a wonderful Advent Season in the Children’s Ministry! Please mark your calendars with these dates:
Advent Sundays in Sunday School and Children’s Church, December 2, 9, 16
Children ages Pre-Kindergarten – 5th Grade will experience the Godly Play story of Advent in Sunday School during the first three Sundays in December. This is a wonderful story that will help the children understand the significance of the Advent wreath candles as well as why it is so important to take time to get ready for Christmas.
“During this time, we are all on our way to Bethlehem. We are all making the journey. We are all getting ready to enter the Mystery of Christmas, so let’s go with the prophets, the Holy Family, the shepherds, the angels, the Magi and all the rest to make the journey that was not just back then. It is also now.” – Advent, Godly Play
During Children’s Church, the children will hear many sweet short stories about Benjamin Bear and his journey to Bethlehem in the Advent Storybook by Antonie Schneider. This is a lovely book filled with 24 meaningful short stories that you may want to continue reading at home with your children.
Advent Workshop, Sunday, December 2, 12:00 -2:00 p.m.
We hope all will be able to join us for this new Advent tradition. We will begin this special fellowship time with brunch and then create Advent wreaths, prepare Christmas cookie tins for our home-bound members, and finalize Christmas Pageant roles and costumes. We will provide the basics to make an Advent wreath; please bring greenery from your yard or Christmas tree trimmings and 1-2 dozen cookies.
Christmas Pageant and Dinner, Sunday, December 9, 5:00 p.m.
Children ages three-years-old – 5th Grade are invited to take part in our annual Christmas Pageant. We will have one rehearsal on Saturday, December 8 at 9:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. On the day of the pageant, please bring your children to Fellowship Hall by 4:30 p.m. so that they’ll have plenty of time to get into their costumes and get ready for this magical evening. The pageant will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary and will be followed by dinner in Fellowship Hall.
There is no charge for the Christmas dinner but reservations are requested online or with the church office by December 3.
A Festival of Lessons and Carols, Sunday, December 16
All children, Pre-Kindergarten – 5th Grade, are invited to remain in worship to enjoy this special worship service. We will not have Children’s Church.
A Very Merry Children’s Church, Sunday morning, December 23, 10:00 a.m.
All children, Pre-Kindergarten – 5th Grade are invited to Children’s Church during the 10:00 a.m. worship service. Wear your favorite Christmas outfit and come enjoy Christmas goodies and an important reminder from Charlie Brown and The Peanuts about what Christmas is truly all about.
Christmas Eve Child-Friendly Service, Monday afternoon, December 24
Children of all ages are invited to our child-friendly service at 4:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Natalie Bishop, Director of Children’s Ministries