Church Schools News
September News
September Church School News
 
Where did the summer go?!  It feels like it was only a few weeks ago that we were celebrating the end of our 2013-14 church school year and here we are ready to start 2014-15!  I hope you all had a wonderful summer. Mine was filled with sunny days at Camp Washington, a few trips to New York and Washington DC, and fun days with our niece Samantha and her new baby sister Eleanor born this July!  As I type this, I’m preparing for the start of my second school year at Wooster School and our students have already started up their classes. I’ve seen through the wonder- ful world of Facebook that many of you have started school too! I hope you’re all excited to be back and settling in to your new places if you’ve changed schools.
 
As for our lovely church school, we’ll begin meeting on Sunday September 14th at 10:00am! I’m very excited for this coming year and all the new and interesting things we’ll be exploring together. I’m asking that everyone come with at least 1 thing you’d like to discuss or learn about this year. This will help me to be sure we’re doing the things that YOU want to do!
 
Looking at our numbers based upon this past spring, we will continue to meet as one group each week. My plan is to have the opportunity for our older children to break out on their own a bit during our class time if we are able. I’d also like to have a conversation with any kids 7th grade and older about a potential confirmation class! Let’s plan on meeting on the 14th immediately after church to make a plan of action.
 
It’s also time to reassess our email list to be sure those of you who would like to receive the weekly emails are receiv- ing them and those who would prefer not to any more are removed. The easiest way for me to do this is to have a sign-up sheet in the parish hall for you name/email address and then start a new distribution list. If you can’t get to the sign-up sheet but what to be sure you still receive weekly church school new, feel free to email me that request at  cchurchrox@aol.com .
 
Please know that all children are welcome to attend church school – the more the merrier in my opinion! If you know of a family or friends who are looking for a new church home, encourage them to join us and see what we’re all about. We have an awesome congregation and our church school kids are nothing short of amazing! Don’t be afraid to share your experience with others – it’s the best way to let people know we’re here and the fantastic things we have going on!

February News

We started 2014 with the story of Epiphany and discussed the impressions we get from the manger scenes we see versus the reality of the story told in the Bible. We definitely learned a lot that day! We’ve been spending the last few weeks exploring stories from the Old Testament. Moses and the Ten Commandments was the first up and we talked about the ways that we can follow God’s commandments in our lives today. We realized that some of those commandments are hard to follow but we can try to do our best! Our next story was God’s calling Samuel. We made posters of the different ways God calls us to be his servants. We wrapped up January with Daniel in the lion’s den. We took away two main things: 1 – Having faith in God can make all things possible and 2 – throwing people in a lion’s den is just mean!!
Going forward through the month of February, we will continue with our Old Testament stories. On deck are the stories of Esther, Ezekiel, and Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego. We have some neat activities and even quirky videos coming up and we’d love to have any and all visitors join us! If one of these stories is a particular favorite of yours or if you think of one that might peak everyone’s interest, consider joining us one morning!  In addition to the stories we’ve shared, there have been some incredible questions asked by the youngest members of Christ Church. Here’s a quick sampling:
What does heaven look like?
Do you think we’ll see people we know in heaven?
Do you believe in reincarnation?
Why would God let that happen? (toss Pharaoh’s army into the Red Sea)
Some pretty incredibly and insightful questions…and that’s only scratching the surface! I encourage all of us to take the time to chat with our church school members and allow them the opportunity to ask questions of you. And trust me, you don’t have to have the answers; I know I certainly don’t!
As an FYI, there will not be church school on Sunday February 16th due to President’s Day Weekend. If you’re looking for something fun and exciting for your 7-12 year old, consider signing them up for the Win-ter Wonderland Weekend at Camp Washington! For more information, go to campwashington.org/events or see me for more details. I will be one of the 8 staff members there running the weekend and would love to see some of our wonderful kids have the opportunity to experience Camp Washington in the winter – please pray for snow for us!
Believe it or not but the season of Lent is right around the corner! We will be focusing on the different parts and pieces of the Eucharistic prayer and just what it all means. There also may or may not be something yummy happening on March 2nd…stay tuned for details!

January News

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December News
CHURCH SCHOOL NEWS
We started 2014 with the story of Epiphany and discussed the impressions we get from the manger scenes we see versus the reality of the story told in the Bible. We definitely learned a lot that day! We’ve been spending the last few weeks exploring stories from the Old Testament. Moses and the Ten Commandments was the first up and we talked about the ways that we can follow God’s commandments in our lives today. We realized that some of those commandments are hard to follow but we can try to do our best! Our next story was God’s calling Samuel. We made posters of the different ways God calls us to be his servants. We wrapped up January with Daniel in the lion’s den. We took away two main things: 1 – Having faith in God can make all things possible and 2 – throwing people in a lion’s den is just mean!!
Going forward through the month of February, we will continue with our Old Testament stories. On deck are the stories of Esther, Ezekiel, and Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego. We have some neat activities and even quirky videos coming up and we’d love to have any and all visitors join us! If one of these stories is a particular favorite of yours or if you think of one that might peak everyone’s interest, consider joining us one morning!
In addition to the stories we’ve shared, there have been some incredible questions asked by the youngest members of Christ Church. Here’s a quick sampling:
What does heaven look like?
Do you think we’ll see people we know in heaven?
Do you believe in reincarnation?
Why would God let that happen? (toss Pharaoh’s army into the Red Sea)
Some pretty incredibly and insightful questions…and that’s only scratching the surface! I encourage all of us to take the time to chat with our church school members and allow them the opportunity to ask questions of you. And trust me, you don’t have to have the answers; I know I certainly don’t!
As an FYI, there will not be church school on Sunday February 16th due to President’s Day Weekend. If you’re looking for something fun and exciting for your 7-12 year old, consider signing them up for the Win-ter Wonderland Weekend at Camp Washington! For more information, go to campwashington.org/events or see me for more details. I will be one of the 8 staff members there running the weekend and would love to see some of our wonderful kids have the opportunity to experience Camp Washington in the winter – please pray for snow for us!
Believe it or not but the season of Lent is right around the corner! We will be focusing on the different parts and pieces of the Eucharistic prayer and just what it all means. There also may or may not be something yummy happening on March 2nd…stay tuned for details!
November News
Hard to believe it’s already November!!
 
Our Disciples have had a busy October. They’ve worked their way through the stories of Jacob, Rachel, and Leah and then went on to hear about Joseph and his brothers. They even created their own coat of many col- ors which hangs in our classroom. We wrapped up October with a little Pumpkin Evangelism – be sure to ask the kids what a Jack-O-Lantern is really all about! Next up will be the stories of Moses and the Israelites.
With November being a month of giving and thankfulness, we will spend some of our time focusing on our ministry to Veterans in our community and beyond. We have a few things in the works and hope to provide comfort and prayers to an all too often forgotten about group.
 
Our Confirmation service was an inspiring and wonderful evening to be a part of. We as a parish should all be extremely proud of the 10 young people who were confirmed. Their journey is of course not over, just changing. They will continue to meet every other week and the dates for November will be the 10th and the 24th.  We’ll be looking into a new name for the group as well as exploring what exactly this group will be.  A reminder to all those Confirmands of the commitment you made on October 5th!
 
Believe it or not Advent is right around the corner! Stay tuned for more details regarding our Advent classes. Right behind Advent will be Christmas so it’s time to start discussing our Christmas Pageant.  I am asking ALL members of the Christ Church family to think about what level of involvement you would like to have. With the majority of our Church School attendees being quite young, maybe it’s time for an intergenerational pageant.  Thoughts and suggestions are greatly appreciated.  I’d like to have a brief meeting after church on Sunday November 10th for everyone interested in the Pageant.
 
With the autumnal business in full swing and winter right around the corner, please remember the importance of Church School to you and your children. I know that Sunday mornings are no longer sacred in the sports and activities world but try to keep them so for your families. Yes, sports and activities are important for kids to be a part of, but so is Church School! The time we spend together is brief but incredibly important; it’s a part of the Baptismal vows we’ve made.  Just ask any of them what they’ve learned and I think they will amaze you – they certainly amaze me.

September & October NEWS

Hard to believe it’s already October! Church school is in full swing and we’ve had great at- tendance – let’s keep it up! Here’s a look at what’s coming up over the next few weeks:

 
Having heard about Abraham and Sarah and Isaac and Rebekah this spring, our Disciples have continued to the next generation and heard the stories of Jacob and Esau. Throughout October, we’ll hear more about Jacob’s adult life. then we’ll move on to his many sons – and one special son in particular who had a rather flashy coat! Those sons of Jacob will keep us busy for a while. We will also have a special class on October 27th – fair warning it may or may not be messy and pumpkin-y!
 
The Doves are now in the home stretch with Confirmation taking place on October 5th at 5:00pm.  Please be there to support this next generation of Christ Church Members! We’ve started to ponder what the future of this group in the church may look like. We have ex- plored the idea of continuing to meet in a more low-key, pseudo youth group format. At this point, we are going to try to meet at 10:00 every other week. Our first meeting will be on October 27th. We’ll continue this format through Christmas and then reevaluate. The dates we meet will be 10/27, 11/10, 11/24, 12/8, 12/22.
 
As always, help is greatly appreciated! I know some of you might be intimidated or nervous about teaching but it’s a bunch of fun and everything is prepared for you! If you have any questions please some see me!
 
A reminder that there will be NO CLASS on October 13th (Columbus Day weekend)
 

Lord, thank you for autumn.
S   o          m   a   n   y           s   h   a   d   e   s           o   f           g   o   l   d   , a n o t h e r      m i r a c l e       w e       t a k e       f o r       g r a n t e d . A n o t h e r     e x p r e s s i o n     o f     t h e     a r t i s t ' s     v i s i o n , the    blending    of     the     autumn     hues     with     the     setting     sun. W a r m ,     C o m f o r t i n g ,     P e r f e c t ,     a n d     P e a c e f u l . Thank you for autumn, Lord. Amen


SUMMER NEWS 2013

Enjoy your summer, Classes to resume in September 2013smiley


MARCH NEWS 2013

We are very quickly heading into Easter, which is hard to believe!  Lots will be happening for our Church Schoolers.

We spent most of the month of February getting ready for Easter with many Lenten activities

The Doves are planning for a BIG Lent this year!  Watch for details on a Lenten Retreat during Holy Week and a full sized labyrinth to be set up in the Parish Hall also during Holy Week. They are also working hard on this year’s Lent Madness chart!  They have really enjoyed finding out about the different Saints & voting on who is the “best”.  Look for their hard work!  They will also create many more of the prayer bottles they made for themselves for the congregation.  This is also a project they thoroughly enjoyed and can’t wait to share with the congregation.

The Dragonslayers have enjoyed sharing their time with our youngest class.  Along with the Church Mice, they will be creating many Lenten treasures, including prayer beads, prayer stones, and personal labyrinth & Zen Gardens.  Be sure to watch for their
wonderful treasures! 

So Lent will be a busy time for our children & teens!  They have just about all chosen their sponsor and we are now looking for a
date that the Bishop can come in the Fall to confirm them. Don’t be afraid to ask the kids what they have been up to. They will gladly share what they’ve done and what they’ve learned!  A peaceful Lent to all.


FEBRUARY NEWS 2013

It is hard to believe that January has ended and February (and Lent) are upon us! It has been a strange winter for sure! But February does bring Lent and all that is a part of the season.

The “Doves” will be continuing their conversation about the church and where they fit in. Melissa has posted a schedule of all their classes throughout Lent. Check out some of the intriguing titles she has given these classes! The class enjoyed making mustard seed bottles and plan to make many more so that the congregation can also enjoy the hands-on symbols of our faith. Watch for them during Lent!

They will also be deciding who will be their sponsor for Confirmation.  If you  would like
to be a part of this time in their young lives, please speak to Melissa or Fr. Rob.
Our “Dragonslayers” and “Church Mice” will finish the current season with various sto- ries and activities. As always, we need teachers for either or both classes. We will kick-off Lent with some Mardi Gras activities during class on February 10th. We will spend the season of Lent discovering various forms of prayer. The children will learn about and create some prayer tools to enjoy with their families.

Don’t forget to come to the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on “Fat Tuesday”, Febru-
ary 12th!  Our Altar Guild always puts together a wonderful and filling meal!!  Don’t miss it!
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 13th.  Coming to the service and exposing your
children to the practice of receiving ashes is a wonderful family activity. It also helps our children understand a little more about Lent. Watch for times of services or whether Fr. Rob will provide his “Ashes To Go” early Wednesday morning! Drive up and receive your ashes! It’s quick and easy!

So, just a few more weeks of stories and activities before Lent begins and we settle in
to a quieter, calmer season. Thank you for making the effort to be with us every Sunday. Know you are missed if you don’t attend! We love the busy “noise” of a full Church School! Take a minute to write down all the activities happening in February on your calendar!
 
 
Thank you for your support of all our Church School activities!

JANUARY NEWS 2013

After a wonderful pageant by the youth of our parish (and visitors), it is hard to re- group & start thinking about a new year. But, here goes!  Our next class will be Epiphany Sunday, January 6th. All 3 classes will talk about what Epiph- any means, talk about the upcoming New Year, and spend time talking about the Pageant.  The “Doves” (our Confirmation Class) will meet downstairs & spend more time talking about  Confirmation – what they need to “know”, the actual service, and what they should do. As the day gets closer, there are many more questions.  No date has been set yet for Confirmation, but we are hoping to wait until the fall to confirm this wonderful group. The “Dragonslayers” (grades 4th – 6th) will meet upstairs and will spend some time looking at New Testament stories.  We will turn our conversation mid-month to Peace as we talk about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and how we can “wage peace”.  Our youngest class, the “Church Mice” (grades PreK – 3rd) will also meet downstairs. We will start talking about prayer (which will be our Lenten theme), focusing on The Lord’s Prayer. We will also talk about peace in commemoration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

There is NO CLASS on January 20th.
Believe it or not, having just finished talking about Advent & Christmas, we are turning our thoughts to Lent! The Church year seems to fly by!  As always, we have a need for teachers for our Dragonslayers & Church Mice. A sign up sheet is posted in the Parish Hall or you can email me your request of date to teach. As in the past, if there not teacher for the Dragonslayers, they will attend church with their family.

Thanks to everyone who made our Christmas Pageant a huge success!  Though it was a
small pageant, we were able to tell the story with some humor and much joy!
Here’s hoping you and your family are staying healthy and here’s to a happy, healthy,
and joyful New Year!
 
 
Blessing for the New Year
May the New Year bring -
The warmth of home and hearth to you. The cheer and goodwill of friends to you,
The hope of a childlike heart to you. The joy of a thousand angels to you,
The love of the Son and God's peace to you.
 
AMEN!

 DECEMBER NEWS

“The season is upon us now, a time of gifts and giving…”
 
It is time, once again, for the annual Christ Church Christmas pageant! This year the pageant will be held during the 10AM service on December 23rd. All children are invited to join us! An elegant coffee hour will follow the service.
We will start rehearsing on December 2nd.  We will look at our costumes & hopefully be able to hand them out on Dec. 9th. All children, visitors included, are welcome to join us! There will be NO CHURCH SCHOOL on the 23rd. Children will sit with their families following the pageant.

Please bring something “elegant” to share at coffee hour that morning. Tea sandwiches, fancy cookies, etc will be gladly accepted – any finger type food. It will be our chance to spend a little time together before Christmas.
There will be a 5PM Family Service on Christmas Eve.  This time will allow everyone to attend the service and still be home for dinner (and Santa!) before it gets too late.

Church School classes will resume on January 6th  (Epiphany).    All ages will meet that day! Teachers are always needed.
So, plan on joining us on December 23rd  at 10AM for our Pageant, and December 24th at 5PM for the Family Christmas Eve service.
Thank you all for your support and encouragement this past year. It has been fun spending time with your wonderful children. We wish you peace and love this Christmas season.
 
--Maureen & Melissa--

Merry Christmas to you and your family!


NOVEMBER NEWS

 

Halloween is behind us but Thanksgiving is before us….and Decem-ber is looming nearby. Busy time of you ahead of us!
October was a busy month. Getting started up was a challenge and figuring out where each class was going to be made things a bit more complicated. Bit I think we have it figured out!
“Church Mice” will continue to meet downstairs in our Church School/Formation room. This month we will look at more Old Testament stories – lots of adventure stories! Our “Dragonslayers” will now meet upstairs around the round table and also look at the Old Testament adventure sto-ries. Our “Doves” now will share the downstairs space with the “Church Mice” and continue with their Confirmation exploration.

THERE ARE NO CLASSES ON NOVEMBER 25TH, Thanksgiving weekend

We are still looking for teachers – please let me know via email or church that you are willing to help out. Lots of open dates!
Christmas Pageant thoughts are here too! We need to look at the number of children we have in each group and base the pageant around them. We also have to plan a date & brunch or dinner to be held the same day. Watch for details.
Thank you all for your help last month – especially Nancy Hagen, Beth Marino, Christine Meyer, and Carol Smeriglio. We have also had great participation with our Doves – most showing up each week or if not, making arrangements for missed classes. We look to be in great shape all around and if we can keep away flu, weather & other misc. things thrown at us, we will have a great fall sememster.
Let us know about teaching! Would love your help! Enjoy – and Happy Thanksgiving.


OCTOBER NEWS

Church School has begun!
Classes started in mid-September and we are already in full swing! Here’s what’s been going on.Our “Church Mice” (PreK/-3rd) have been hearing different versions of the Creation story & creating their own Creation books. Named for being “as quiet as church mice” when we come in to church, this small but mighty group meet downstairs in the Church School room every week. This fall, the class is being taught by Maureen Haas and parent volunteers.Our “Dragonslayers” (4th – 6th graders) meet every week in the back of the Parish Hall, be-hind the dividers. They have been hearing and learning about Covenants – the stories of Noah, Abraham, Moses, etc. During the first couple of weeks of classes, they learned that they are named “Dragonslayers” after St. George and his victory over the troublesome dragon that try to destroy the kingdom. This fall this class is being taught by Nancy Hagen. Nancy would love to have other parents join her on Sunday morning!The “Doves” (7th – 9th graders) meet every week around the round table in the Parish Hall. This large group also is our Confirmation class. They are called “Doves” as the dove is a symbol of Confirmation. In September letters were sent home and families decided if Confirmation was something they were willing to commit to and be a part of. Anyone in grades 7th – 9th is welcome to join the class – you do not have to desire to be confirmed to take part in the classes. Melissa Haas has created the curriculum and will lead these classes, with Fr. Rob teaching as he is able. This class will be looking for mentors soon, so please be thinking about whether or not this is something you are interested in doing. For further information about Confirmation, please speak to Melissa or Fr. Rob.  The curriculum themes will continue right up to the first Sunday in Advent in December. We will work our way through Old Testament stories, hearing them for the first time for some and in a new way for others.