December 2012

posted Dec 18, 2014, 2:46 PM by Henry McTague

The season of advent is upon us, and the Christian Education Committee is bustling with the preparations for this exciting part of our church year.  We hope you and your family can join us for some of the fun events we have planned to help our church family celebrate together.

Sweet Nativities:  During Sunday school classes on December 2, our students will construct “gingerbread” nativity scenes with some of their favorite holiday treats.  They will be able to use their candy construction skills to each build their own version of the scene that welcomed Jesus into our world, a great way to connect the beginning of advent with the youth of our church.  Check the CE bulletin board to see which goodies you could contribute to help our kids create their nativity scenes.

Living Nativity:   We will continue our church’s cherished tradition of the Living Nativity on Sunday, December 16 at 1:30pm (with December 23 as our snow date, if necessary).  Once again local animals will assist the young members of our church as they bring the spirit of Christmas into our community with our special reenactment.  Join in the show by singing along with the traditional music and then enjoy some hot cocoa and cookies inside Fellowship Hall after the performance.
**There will be a meeting between services on Dec.2 in room 4 for all of those interested in helping us with the Living Nativity.  Many hands and minds have joined together over the years to help make this event a success.  This is a chance for all of us to coordinate our efforts, past and present, to bring our nativity to life.

Sunday School:  We’d like to thank all of our Sunday school teachers, substitutes, student helpers, and superintendents for creating such a great program for our students.  We continue to see our attendance strengthen and grow.  Take a moment to thank all of those who make Sunday school such a vital part of our church community.

Nursery Update:   While the nursery continues to be a playful place during our 10:30 worship, our 8:30 volunteers have not had any infants or toddlers to join them on Sunday mornings.  To better utilize the help of our volunteers, we will not have regular coverage scheduled for the nursery time during our early services until we find it to be necessary again.  For now, we will have a plan in place if a young community member wants to use the room only on an as-needed basis.  

Confirmation Class:  Our five confirmands and their mentors have had a very successful first month.  Under the direction of Pastor Gail, the small group successfully coordinated their mission project, assisting Church World Service with disaster relief.  The confirmation class collected supplies from our local community to provide 10 fully-stocked cleaning buckets and 26 hygiene kits to assist those affected by Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey.  Thank you to all of you who helped these wonderful young people learn more about reaching out to help others.  

Help us welcome Jen Bennett, our new Director of Youth Ministries!  We are very excited to announce that Jen Bennett has joined our church family as the Director of Youth Ministries.  This is a very important step in the continued development of our Christian Education program and we are very lucky to have Jen help us on this journey.  Thank you to our search committee for working so hard to bring Jen to our church.  We know you will all graciously welcome her to our church family.       

May you enjoy all the true magic of this season!
CE Committee