Happy New Year to all of you! WCPSS played a little trick on us this morning, but I hope that your children are now settled back into school 😊.
Children’s Ministries is back in full swing and there is A LOT going on. Please read this email in it’s entirety…there is information about Acolyte classes, VBS and Teddy Bear Tea!
Acolyte Instruction-from Ramsey McIntire
If you or your child is in the 4th grade or older (up to adults), and you are interested in learning to acolyte at St. Paul’s, we will be offering acolyte training in January. Also, any CURRENT acolytes who have been trained before, but are out of practice and need a refresher, are also welcome to join! Serving as an acolyte is a wonderful way to support worship at St Paul’s and also learn more about our Liturgical traditions.
We will offer 2 training sessions, provided by Fr. George with support from a few experienced acolytes. Each trainee only needs to attend ONE of the 2 sessions offered. Estimated time for the training is 30-45 minutes.
Please see the following link to a SignUp Genius to sign up for ONE of these training sessions: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054bacab2ea5fb6-stpauls2
VBS-Yes, it is time!
Calling all VBS Volunteers! It is time to start planning our 2018 VBS, Journey to Bethlehem! VBS will be held June 11-15, 2018 from 9am to 12pm each day. The curriculum is already written (yay!) so if you want to be a center leader this would be a great year to do it! Of course, if you want to write your own “stuff,” that is perfectly fine! Journey to Bethlehem is our Advent/Christmas VBS and yes, we just finished that! But, in June it will all be fresh and new again! Please contact me if you would like to serve as a center leader or if you just want to help in another way. VBS Participant Enrollment forms will be available at the end of January.
Teddy Bear Tea-Feb. 3
Looking for something special to do with your younger child or grandchild? Join us on Feb. 3 at 10:30am in the Parish Hall for our third annual Teddy Bear Tea. Children are welcome to bring their favorite doll or stuffed animal and enjoy some special treats and fun with you and their “stuffed” friends. Please RSVP to let us know you will be attending: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C094DA4A623A4F58-teddy
Other Children’s News
- The Children’s Little Brown Stewardship Basket is working toward our 2018 Note in the Pocket Sort Day, scheduled for June 3, 2018. So far we have collected $1193.57 toward our goal of $3000.00.
- Sunday School and Children’s Chapel resume on Sunday! Sunday School will start at 10:10am in the Education Building and Children’s Chapel, for children ages 3-2nd grade, will be held at the 9am and 11:15am services.
- Pre-EYC meets next Sunday, January 14 at 11:15am. 4th and 5th graders-we are looking forward to seeing you!
Sunday School this Week: Nicodemus Pays a Secret Visit.
Summary: Nicodemus is a religious leader, a Pharisee. He pays a secret visit to Jesus to try to find out who he is, and to learn from him. Jesus talks to Nicodemus about the need to be “born again” or “born from above” (both meanings are acceptable translations from the Greek). Nicodemus misunderstands. He keeps pressing Jesus for understanding, and Jesus, with just a little impatience, keeps explaining how the Spirit will work in us.
Episcopal Thread: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son…” These words are so famous in Christianity that often one can say only “John 3:16” in place of the words themselves and others will know them. Again in the Episcopal Church, a balance. There is no single sentence that has priority over all others in the Bible. This passage is one of the sentences of comfort that are said by the priest after confession and absolution in Holy Eucharist, Rite I (BCP, p. 332). Nicodemus’ experience is like the experiences of many of us in the church. We wonder, we doubt, we have a hard time understanding. We may leave the church—and then come back. Jesus does not condemn Nicodemus for his doubts. Neither does the Episcopal Church condemn for doubting. Because Anglicans honor reason as one of the “three stools” of Anglicanism (along with Scripture and tradition), doubt is seen as natural. Understanding may come gradually, as it did with Nicodemus. For Anglicans, faith and salvation are part of a process of encountering God and living into a relationship with God that is lifelong, cradle to grave.
Things to wonder with your children:
■■ Who came to see Jesus, and when did he come?
■■ What did he want from Jesus?
■■ What did Jesus say to him?
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about Children’s Ministries.
See you on Sunday!
Christine Owens Ingram, SPHR
Parish Administrator and Director of Children’s Ministries
2018 Children’s Calendar
|Jan. 7||Sunday School/Children’s Chapel Resume|
|Jan. 14||Pre-EYC Meets 11:15am|
|Jan. 28||Pre-EYC Meets11:15am/Quarterly Update 10:15am|
|Feb. 3||Teddy Bear Tea 10:30am-12noon|
|Feb. 11||Pre-EYC Meets|
|Feb. 13||Pancake Supper 5-7pm|
|Feb. 14||Ash Wednesday Service for Families 5:45pm|
|Feb. 25||Pre-EYC Meets|
|Mar. 11||Pre-EYC Meets/Note in the Pocket Drive Begins/PJ Sunday|
|Mar. 18||Note in the Pocket Drive|
|Mar. 24||Pre-EYC Volunteers at Food Bank of NC 2-4pm/Note in the Pocket Drive|
|Mar. 25||Palm Sunday/Note in the Pocket Drive|
|Mar. 30||Good Friday Service for Children 10am|
|Apr. 1||Easter Sunday/Easter Egg Hunt/Note in the Pocket Drive Ends/No Sunday School|
|Apr. 8||Spring Break Sunday-No Sunday School|
|Apr. 14-15||Pre-EYC Retreat|
|Apr. 15||Communion Class #1|
|Apr. 22||Communion Class #2|
|Apr. 29||Communion Class #3/Pre-EYC Meets|
|May. 6||Communion Celebration 9am Service/Last Day of Sunday School|
|May. 13||Mother’s Day|
|May. 27||Memorial Day/No Children’s Chapel|
|June. 3||5th Grade Recognition/Note in the Pocket Sort Day|
|June. 10||Summer S(f)undays Begin|
June 11-15 VBS!