September 2015

posted Oct 30, 2015, 7:28 AM by Lee Church

This time of year causes me to oscillate between tightly gripping on to the last breaths of summer and soaking in the uniquely beautiful sights and sounds of autumn in New Hampshire. I have spent the last couple of sunny months spending quality time with some of my favorite people. The joyful week of VBS with the younger members of our Lee Church family was quickly followed by the enriching work camp mission trip with 20 teens and leaders from our youth group. We broke up our quiet time at home with family adventures to a B&B in Montreal for a World Cup women’s soccer game and a camping trip to central Vermont. Now we look fondly back on these summer memories as we prepare for the fresh possibilities of new school year.

We would like to invite students of all ages and local educators to join us at the beginning of our 9:30 service for a backpack blessing. We will take a few minutes to affirm our support of them as they return to school and remind them that God will be there with them for their new adventures and challenges. Please encourage kids to come with their school bags to provide them with a physical reminder of their jobs as students. Educators, whether you work in a local public school, drive our students in a bus, or work at UNH, we’d also like to help you start the year with a blessing from our congregation. We will host a special Sunday school class for the remainder of the service. I’m really looking forward to starting this new fall tradition at Lee Church.

Our regular Sunday school classes will resume on Rally Day, Sunday, September 13. We will also distribute new Bibles to our 3rd grade students and older students who have not yet received their Bibles. Once again we will be reading the same scripture as the congregation reads during their services. Our lessons will be as creative and personalized as the size of my Sunday school staff allows. I provide several activities for the teachers to choose from each week including crafts, games, and activities for a variety of ages and abilities. The more teachers I have, the more options we can provide to our students. If you are interested in giving any of your time to our Sunday school program as a teacher, substitute, or to provide administrative support, please contact me. I would love to provide more opportunities to our students and I guarantee you that will gain much more from the experience than you could begin to imagine.

You may have noticed the jubilant sounds of much younger children in our pews lately. Would you like to spend one Sunday a month snuggling and playing with the toddlers and infants of our congregation who aren’t quite ready for Sunday school classes? Our nursery room is now well­equipped with new toys, a changing table, and its very own sink to make caring for our youngest children much easier. Please contact me if you’d like to volunteer to help out during our 8:30 or 10:30 services or would be willing to take on the responsibility of scheduling our volunteers as nursery coordinator. Making our church a welcome spot for our youngest family members opens up a whole new world for our congregation.

I would also like to take a moment to thank all of you for your support during my first year as Director of Christian Education. We are lucky to have an amazing group of youth and families involved with our church, and I can’t wait to see all they are able to bring to our congregation and our wider community through their faith.

May your joy be full,

Jill Paré

Director of Christian Education

 Christian Education Schedule

Sunday, September 6              

At 9:30 service­­ Backpack Blessing for students and educators from our community

Sunday, September 13 is RALLY DAY         
At 8:30 and 10:30 services­­ Dedicate Sunday school staff and distribute 3rd grade Bibles

Sunday, September 20
At 8:30 and 10:30 services­­ Workcamp participants share testimonies and Confirmation Candidates
receive their Bibles