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Children’s Ministry Update

Children’s Ministry Update

We are looking forward to a wonderful Advent Season in Children’s Ministry!

“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.

And to help us get ready for Christmas, we have many special events planned for our First Pres children and families this Advent Season. Please be sure to mark your calendars with the following dates.

Sunday Morning, December 1 – 1st Sunday of Advent
In Light & Darkness Advent Devotional packets will be available for children in the Children’s Ministry Suite on the CM information table. The children will begin to hear the Godly Play Advent story and we will finalize Christmas Pageant costumes and continue practicing pageant music during the Sunday School hour. All children, four years old through 5th Grade are invited to remain in worship with the church family as we light the first candle on the Advent wreath and celebrate Communion.

Saturday, December 7 – Christmas Pageant Rehearsal, 9:00 a.m.
All children who would like to participate in this year’s Christmas Pageant are asked to attend our one and only pageant rehearsal. We will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary.

Sunday, December 8 – 2ⁿd Sunday of Advent, Christmas Pageant and Dinner, 5:00 p.m.
On Sunday morning, the children will continue to hear the Godly Play Advent story during the Sunday School hour and children, 4 years old through 1st Grade are invited to Children’s Church after the St. Andrew’s Choir sings during the 11:00 a.m. worship service. The children’s “curtain call” for the Christmas Pageant is at 4:30 p.m. in the Costume Room that overlooks Fellowship Hall. Please make every effort to bring your children on time. We will need this extra time to get into costume and to get ready for this magical evening. The pageant will begin at 5:00 p.m. and dinner will follow in Fellowship Hall.

Sunday, December 15 – 3rd Sunday of Advent
We will finish the Godly Play Advent story during the Sunday School hour and all children are invited to remain in worship for the Festival of Lessons and Carols worship service.

Sunday, December 22 – 4th Sunday of Advent
All children are invited to “A Very Merry Children’s Church” during the 11:00 a.m. worship service. We will enjoy hot cocoa and Christmas goodies and hear an important reminder from Charlie Brown and friends about what Christmas is truly all about.

Tuesday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Family Service, 4:00 p.m.
Children of all ages are invited to our child-friendly service at 4:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Our 4th and 5th Graders will help lead this special service.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Natalie Bishop,
Director of Children’s Ministries