Children’s Ministry Update
Happy August, First Pres Families! I hope all our sweet children have enjoyed a fun summer! Parents, as you are getting ready for another school year please go ahead and mark your calendars with the special August Sundays for children and families listed below. I look forward to seeing everyone back on Sunday mornings as we begin another wonderful year in Children’s Ministry!
Natalie Bishop, Director of Children’s Ministries
Back-to-School Blessing, August 11, 10:00 a.m.
Students of all ages are invited to our Back-to-School Blessing on Sunday, August 11. Be sure to bring your bookbags and backpacks with you to the 10:00 a.m. worship service and don’t forget to fill them with extra school supplies that will be donated to students in Athens and surrounding counties who need additional school materials.
• Needed School Supplies: bookbags, notebook paper, pencils, new or gently used school uniforms, pencil sharpeners, erasers, pens, glue sticks, scissors, 3-ring binders, spiral notebooks (single or multi-subject), and folders with pockets and prongs.
Children’s Ministry Open House, August 11, 11:05 a.m.
Parents and children (infants – 5th Grade) are invited to our 2019-2020 Children’s Ministry Open House on Sunday, August 11. We will get started right after the worship service (11:05 a.m.) in the Children’s Ministry Suite. The majority of our time together will be to visit with one another after a long summer break and enjoy cookies and lemonade. We will also take a few minutes to provide parents with Children’s Ministry information packets that will be filled with everything you will need to know about Godly Play, Children’s Church, children in worship, Children’s choirs, and fun events planned for the children this year. Dr. Baer will also be joining us to share a few parent resources. Please plan to join us for this hour of family fellowship. This will be a great opportunity for both you and your children to catch up with church friends and also to meet new families (we have MANY!!!).
Welcome Back to Children’s Church, August 18
Children four years old – 2ⁿd grade are invited to join the little church mouse for Children’s Church on Sunday, August 18, as we return to our regular worship schedule (8:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship services). We will gather together to go to Children’s Church during the 11:00 a.m. service after the passing of The Peace. Children’s Church will be held in the Children’s Chapel, which is across from the Church Library on the 2ⁿd floor of the Tinsley Stern Building. Parents, please remember that the children will meet you in the Church Library at the end of Children’s Church.
Welcome Back to Godly Play, August 25, 9:45 a.m.
Godly Play will resume on Sunday, August 25, promptly at 9:45 a.m. in the Children’s Ministry Suite. I am very excited to announce that over the summer we added an additional Godly Play Room. We now have a Godly Play Room for our Pre K – 1st Graders, 2ⁿd and 3rd Graders, and 4th and 5th graders all located in the Children’s Ministry Suite. Thanks to the overwhelming volunteer and financial support of this church family, each of the age groups listed above now has a Godly Play Room of its very own filled with its own set of Bible stories from the Old and New Testament, and additional Godly Play materials. Our Godly Play Sunday Morning routine will be very similar to last year except for how we will get started each Sunday morning. Instead of gathering all together in the “big room” of the Children’s Ministry Suite, children will be asked to go directly to their Godly Play Rooms, where a Godly Play doorkeeper will be waiting to welcome and greet each child as they join their circle of church friends. By getting started more quickly, the children will have more time to truly enjoy each part of Godly Play.