Welcome back to Sunday School!! We are so excited to kick off another wonderful year of children’s formation and fun! Please join me in thanking the 27 wonderful volunteers that have agreed to teach Sunday School. We still need one more teacher in 5th grade-please let me know asap if you can help!
On Sunday morning, please locate your child’s Sunday School classroom by checking the signs above the corresponding doors in the Education Building Hallway. I have attached the Sunday School Registration Form Fall 2017-2018. If you want to save a little time at drop off, please print and complete the form and turn in to your child’s Sunday School Teacher. Otherwise, forms will be in the classrooms and will need to be completed prior to leaving your child on Sunday morning. Thank you.
Other Children’s Ministries Information
- 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 $492.58 toward our goal of $3000.00.
- Children’s Chapel will be held at the 9am worship service this Sunday and is open to all children age 3 through 2nd grade.
Sunday School Lessons this Week
The Lesson is “The Passover and Exodus from Egypt!”
Summary: When Pharaoh refuses to free the Israelite people, God sends a series of plagues upon the Egyptians. Following the last devastating plague, which claims the life of the Egyptian firstborn, the pharaoh finally releases the Israelites. The first Passover is observed at this time, during the night of the tenth plague. God promises that death will “pass over” the houses of the Israelites who properly observe the rituals of the Passover. The next day, the people, led by Moses, leave Egypt and cross the Red Sea, which miraculously parts to let them pass. The water then washes over the Egyptian army that is pursuing them.
Episcopal Thread: The numerous references to the Exodus experience in our Easter hymns attest to the connection that we make between the freedom gained by the Israelites in crossing the Red Sea and the freedom that we gained by Jesus’ crossing from death to life in his resurrection. Where the Paschal blood is poured, death’s dark angel sheathes his sword; Israel’s hosts triumphant go through the wave that drowns the foe.
— Hymn 174 (The Hymnal 1982, New York, NY: Church Publishing, 1985) Come, ye faithful, raise the strain of triumphant gladness! God hath brought his Israel into joy from sadness; loosed from Pharaoh’s bitter yoke Jacob’s sons and daughters, led them with unmoistened foot through the Red Sea waters.
— Hymn 199/200 (The Hymnal 1982, New York, NY: The Church Pension Fund, 1985) There are also many other places in our Prayer Book that remind us of the Exodus from Egypt. One of the canticles for Morning Prayer, Canticle 8, is the Song of Moses from Exodus 15, added as a new canticle to the 1979 Prayer Book (p. 85). The Exodus is referred to in our Baptismal Covenant in the Thanksgiving Over the Water (BCP, pp. 306-307). The story of the Passover is the Old Testament reading on Maundy Thursday, when we observe the institution of the Last Supper and the Eucharist by Jesus.
And the account of the Exodus, of the nine readings listed, is the only required reading of our salvation history at the Great Vigil of Easter (BCP, p. 289). And again at the Easter Vigil, in what is called the Exsultet—the glorious chant of praise to God for the coming of light from darkness in the rising of Jesus Christ—we say: This is the night when you brought our fathers, the children of Israel, out of bondage in Egypt, and led them through the Red Sea on dry land. (BCP, pp. 286-287)
Finally, we make our connection to this great Passover when, at the breaking of the bread at Holy Eucharist, the priest loudly proclaims, “Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.” This is when we recognize the connection, as this Easter hymn says: The day of resurrection! Earth, tell it out abroad; the Passover of gladness, the Passover of God.
— Hymn 210 (The Hymnal 1982, New York, NY: The Church Pension Fund, 1985)
Things to wonder with your children:
■■ What was today’s story about?
■■ What did we learn?
■■ What important things did God do?
■■ What did we learn about God in this story?
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 & SS Registration Form Fall 2017Director of Children’s Ministries
Children’s Ministries 2017 Calendar
Sept. 10 Sunday School Starts
Sept. 17 Clergy Led Chapel at 9am Service for children ages 3rd-5th Grade
Sept. 24 Pre-EYC Starts – Fun Day for 4th and 5th Graders
Oct. 1 Pre-EYC set up at Family Promise
Oct. 7 Pre-EYC Yam Jam/Lobster Fest
Oct. 8 No Pre-EYC Meeting due to Yam Jam
Oct. 22 Pre-EYC Meets-Reverse Trick or Treating/Clergy Led Chapel
Oct. 29 Pageant Forms Distributed/Pumpkin Carving
Nov. 5 PJ Service/Daylight Savings Ends/Clergy Led Chapel
Nov. 11 Pre-EYC Sort at Note in the Pocket
Nov. 12 Draw for Pageant Parts/Pre-EYC Meets
Nov. 26 Cookie and Craft Coffee Hour/No Sunday School
Dec. 3 Clergy Led Chapel
Dec. 10 St. Nicholas Sunday-Last Day of Sunday School for 2017
Dec. 15 Christmas Pageant Rehearsal 6-8pm
Dec. 16 Christmas Pageant Rehearsal 9am-12noon
Dec. 17 Christmas Pageant 9am Service/No SS, No CC, No Pre-EYC/Coffee Hour
Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Service 4pm
Dec. 25 Christmas
Dec. 31 No SS/No CC/No Pre-EYC