Children and Youth Events!
As many of you know, I taught Kindergarten my first year of teaching. I had 15 of the sweetest students but also some challenging days. Each night I would read Psalms 127:3, “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a real blessing.” It helped me to focus for the next day. This favorite Bible verse also was used on each of our girls’ birth announcements. So as I hear the sounds of the children and youth in our church, the joy they show when ringing bells, the giggles as they see their friends, the fun they have hanging out together, the support they give each other, it once again reminds me and all of us what a gift they are from God and how blessed we are.
Sunday School: The children are enjoying the Opening time in the music room at 10:30am where they sing songs and watch the Bible story for the day. At 10:45am, they are dismissed to their classrooms. Please have your children to the music room promptly at 10:30am. All other classes, 6th through adults, begin at 10:40.
Participation in Sunday School, Outstanding Attendance and Perfect Attendance will be recognized at the end of the year. Those who have attended Sunday School 80% of the Sundays will be recognized for Outstanding Attendance. If you are out of town and attend another church, bring back a bulletin, give to your Sunday School teacher and it will be marked as present.
There will not be Sunday School on December 23 & 30 though some teachers have indicated they may see if their kids are around on the 23rd and may have class. Each individual class will communicate with their kids if they plan to have class. This will not affect anyone negatively on their attendance. It will be more like “extra credit”.
Childcare needed at meetings! We have several young families who are on committees so childcare is needed on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm. Let the office know if you can help.
Children’s Choir to Sing: The children will be singing on November 25. Please be in the chapel at 9:15am to practice. We encourage all children from preschool to fifth grade to make a joyful noise!
Last Sunday Lunch on November 25: Our wonderful CUMC youth will be hosting the Last Sunday Lunch with proceeds going towards the Holt child we sponsor and also to replenish our camp funds! The menu will be walking tacos with all the mixin’s, corn, fruit and bars and cookies! The Oasis will be serving Pumpkin Pie Smoothies! Thank you for supporting our youth by helping that day, providing food or eating!
Advent Party: Advent is a time of preparation. The Advent Party is for children in preschool through 5th grade. It will be held on December 2 from 2-5pm. Parents need to bring their children up to the Education wing to check them in. There will be crafts of all kinds where the children can make gifts for their family members. They can also watch “The Star” movie and there will be snacks along with Advent related activities. Parents are encouraged to use this time to prepare for the season without your children. Many volunteers are needed in order to have this fun event. Sign up in the narthex.
E.P.I.C. (Experiencing Possibilities In Christ) Youth Group for 6th-12th graders
December 2: Youth to help with Advent party and the go to Smokey Row for supper
December 9: E.P.I.C. is caroling
December 16: E.P.I.C. Christmas party! Suzy DeJong is serving supper.
E.P.I.C. is EPIC!!!! The Middle School group is using the LinC (Living In Christ) materials and High School is studying a series called “Is The Bible Reliable?” Bring your friends! Come join other youth as they grow in their faith and have fun with their peers! During the months of November and December, the last 15 minutes will be time to practice the songs for the Christmas program.
E.P.I.C. will start back in 2019 on January 6! Mark your calendars for Seven Oaks in Boone on February 24!
The Oasis: The Oasis is always open on E.P.I.C. nights around 5:45pm. Come enjoy a delicious treat!
Praise Band: Praise Band practices on the 1st and 3rd Sunday at 5pm when E.P.I.C. has a regular meeting. Youth are encouraged to come early for E.P.I.C. and be a part of the Praise Band.
Christmas Program: “When Love Comes Down at Christmastime” will be presented on Sunday, December 16 during our 9:30am worship service. K-5 children and middle and high school youth are asked to be in the sanctuary by 9:15am to listen to the prelude. Preschoolers can meet in their room. There will be a rehearsal on Saturday, December 15 at 9:30am SHARP. Please be seated in the sanctuary and ready to go by 9:30am on Saturday. We will be done at 11am or before.
Epiphany Party: Jackson Lahner was the lucky winner of the hidden piece last year so he (and a team of helpers) will be planning the Epiphany Party on January 6 from 4-5pm. All children are encouraged to come and bring their families and friends!
Winter Jam! Friday, January 25! All youth are encouraged to attend this amazing event at Wells Fargo Arena. Watch for a sign up soon! Youth funds will pay half.