“Learning by Heart”
This year we will be practicing the spiritual discipline of “memory” to insure that some of the basic tools of faith development are in our pocket to use and to give hope. Children and youth will be encouraged to memorize a different “tool” each month, to better equip themselves for life. Our instruction will include: John 3:16; The Doxology; Psalm 23; The Lord’s Prayer; The Apostle’s Creed; The Books of the Bible; Psalm 100; The Shema (Deuteronomy 6: 4-5); and The Great Commission (Matthew 28: 19-20).
Sunday Morning Study Opportunities
Classes begin at 9:45 a.m.
“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.” (Romans 15: 4) This year we will be practicing the spiritual discipline of “learning by heart” to insure that some of the basic tools of faith development are in our pocket to use and to give hope. Children and youth will be encouraged to practice using a different “tool” each month, to better equip themselves for life. Our instruction will include: John 3:16; A Doxology; Psalm 23; The Lord’s Prayer; The Apostle’s Creed; Psalm 100; The Shema (Deuteronomy 6: 4-5); and The Great Commission (Matthew 28: 19-20). Do you know them? Would you help instruct your children?
Infants and Toddlers
Childcare is provided, beginning at 9:30. The infant nursery is located downstairs, on the first floor of the Education Building, in the first nursery on the right. One and two-year-olds meet downstairs in the toddler room at the end of the hall. A music teacher and a story-teller will come each Sunday to lead the toddlers. If there are no caretakers in the infant room, contact those in the toddler room and they will cover both areas. Caretakers are able to contact ushers during worship, should a problem arise.
Children, Middle Schoolers and Confirmation
This age group meets on the second floor of the Education Building. Second, third, fourth and fifth graders will participate in “Godly Play”, as will the first graders during the worship hour. Others will be using the PC(USA) curriculum, “We Believe”. Middle schoolers will be using the curriculum, Getting to Know the Bible, which teaches the basics of biblical literacy.
Confirmation is for 8th and 9th graders, and is not a culmination, but rather the beginning of their service as young adults in ministry, affirmed through the support of their parents, mentors and peers. Confirmands will use the curriculum, Professing Our Faith, through the first half of the year, and be offered the opportunity to affirm their faith before the congregation on January 9, 2011. During the second half of the year, the group will visit and discuss other faith communities in the area, and have a second chance to affirm their faith on May 1, 2011. Visitors are always welcome in any of these classes.
High schoolers (grades 9-12) meet upstairs in the church house, using the “We Believe” curriculum “Faith Questions” to discuss the Bible, forgiveness, being Presbyterian, and heaven and hell, as well as other topics pertinent to their experience of living faithfully in the world. Visitors are welcome here, as well.
Nursery care for children 3-6 years of age is provided during worship on the second floor of the Education Building. These children join worship following the sermon for the remainder of the service. Childcare for infants – 2 years continues in the designated rooms.
All children are welcome in worship.
There is a changing table in the narthex behind the sanctuary.
Worship bags and interactive bulletins for children are available in the foyer, and youth bulletins are available for youth.
Weekday Study Opportunities
Presbyterian Women Revelation (Horizons) (first Monday of each month)
Mom’s Study The Bible and Theology (Kerygma) (Fridays, 10:30, Education Building. with childcare provided if requested)
Study at Croasdaile The Bible and Theology (Kerygma) (Sundays, 3 p.m., at Croasdaile Village in Heritage Hall)
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