I hope all of you are well and enjoyed your Spring Break. Children’s Ministries is back in action this week-we hope to see you!
- Our Note in the Pocket Clothing and Shoes Drive ends next Sunday. Please bring in new and gently used clothing and shoes.
- The Children’s Little Brown Stewardship Basket is working toward our 2018 Note in the Pocket Sort Day, scheduled for June 3, 2018. We have collected $2202.36 toward our goal of $3000.00.
- Sunday School resumes this Sunday! Please join your Sunday School teachers in the Education Building at 10:10am.
- Communion Classes start this Sunday! Please meet Father George on the kitchen side of the Youth Wing after the 9am Service.
- There is no Children’s Chapel this Sunday. The Children’s Ministries leaders are on a retreat with 17 of our 4th and 5th graders! Please pray for the children and adult chaperones as they enjoy all God’s Creations.
- VBS is coming soon! Participant Registration Forms are attached CLICK HERE) … please join us for a week full of fun as we Journey to Bethlehem.
Sunday School this Week: Jesus Is Alive!
Summary: After Jesus’ burial in the tomb, Mary Magdalene goes to the tomb, sees the stone rolled away, and runs to Peter and “the other disciple whom Jesus loved” (presumably John himself). Mary tells them that Jesus has been taken out of the tomb. Peter and the other disciple hurry to the tomb and find it empty, except for the burial cloths, and return home. Mary stays outside the tomb crying, when two angels meet her. Then she sees Jesus, whom she does not recognize at first. He is evidently different in resurrection, and tells her to tell the disciples that he is ascending to the Father, to God.
Episcopal Thread: The service that may be most evocative of the Easter event is the Great Vigil of Easter, which takes place on Easter Eve (BCP, p. 285). In this service, we move from the darkness of death and sorrow into the light of life and resurrection and joy, and then celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter. Often, as in traditional times, there may be a baptism, adding one more person who has died and risen in Christ to the stories of all those before us who have died and risen in Christ. All Sundays are recognized as “little Easters.” We celebrate the Eucharist and we celebrate the risen Lord, just as we do on the service of Easter Day itself.
The Easter hymns that we sing tell of the victory of Christ over sin and death: Mighty victim from on high, hell’s fierce powers beneath thee lie; thou hast conquered in the fight, thou hast brought us life and light;: now no more can death appall, now no more the grave enthrall; thou hast opened paradise, and in thee thy saints shall rise. (Hymnal 1982, #174) He is risen, he is risen! He hath opened heaven’s gate: we are free from sin’s dark prison, risen to a holier state; and a brighter Easter beam on our longing eyes shall stream. (Hymnal 1982, #180)
Things to wonder with your children:
■■ What happened when Mary went to the tomb to visit Jesus after he was buried?
■■ Who did Jesus see in our story?
■■ What did he tell Mary?
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about Children’s Ministries.
See you on Sunday!
|Apr. 14-15||Pre-EYC Retreat|
|Apr. 15||Communion Class #1/No Children’s Chapel|
|Apr. 22||Communion Class #2/Last Day for Note in the Pocket Clothing Collection|
|Apr. 29||Communion Class #3/Pre-EYC Meets for Year End Celebration Picnic!|
|May. 6||Communion Celebration 9am Service/Last Day of Sunday School|
|May. 13||Mother’s Day|
|May. 27||No Children’s Chapel|
|June. 3||5th Grade Recognition/Note in the Pocket Sort Day|
|July. 1||No Children’s Chapel|
|July. 8||No Children’s Chapel|
|Aug. 26||Backpack Blessings 9am Service|
|Sept. 9||Sunday School Resumes|
|Sept. 16||60th Anniversary Celebration|
Christine Owens Ingram, SPHR
Parish and Human Resources Administrator/Director of Children’s Ministries