Elementary Ministry – Dec. 1, 2018

 

December e-news

  • Sundays in December: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus
  • Faith Trek: Wednesday Program-Dec. theme: Compassion
  • Advent Workshop This Sunday: Dec. 2nd  2:30-5:30
  • Christmas Choir Coming Up! 6:00-6:30pm (choir room)
  • Christmas Kids Night Out! Friday December 14 (6-10pm)
  • Christmas Eve Worship Details

December in Graceland: Celebrating the Birth of Christ

Throughout the month of December we’ll experience the Christmas story in creative and innovative ways! We’ll make crescent roll angels in the cooking lab, run in obstacle nativity relay races, follow a map and figure out the mileage of Mary and Joseph on the road to Bethlehem, make stained glass nativity scene and so much more! Scripture verses this month include: Matthew 1:18-24; Luke 1:26-38, 46-47; Luke 2:1-7. Our memory verse is Isaiah 9:6. Look these up as a family and talk about them this month as we enter this holy time of year together!!

On Sunday Dec. 23 we’ll all celebrate Jesus’ upcoming birth with a Nativity  movie on the big screen room! Don’t miss any of the fun, faith filled weeks ahead!

All lessons are interactive with children learning their stories through art, cooking, drama, spiritual practices, games, and science. Join in on the fun throughout the month of December! Sunday School for k-5th graders is in individual grade level classrooms at 9am and in one one room schoolhouse style group at 10:45am each week.


Faith Trek Wednesday Program 6:30-8:00pm 

Throughout the month of December we’ll be learning about the importance of Compassion! Each week we’ll learn an important bible story which will help us discover that the best way we can carry on God’s  message in the world is by sharing compassion with others. All activities, songs and small group lessons will help kids of all ages to explore and learn more about what compassion looks like and how to share it in our daily lives.

Our Wednesday Evening Group is also practicing to sing in the sanctuary on Sunday December 16 at 9am!! Join us this month so your child can sing with us on the 16th!

Throughout the month in FaithTrek we’ll be collecting hats, mittens, scarves and socks for others living in temporary shelters at Sharing and Caring Hands in Minneapolis. Please add to our compassion mitten tree sometime this month. it will be in the gym by your child’s classroom each Wednesday in December.


Advent Workshop: Sunday December 2
2:30-3:30 Parables Community and Early Childhood Begin crafting
3:30-5:30 General Public
$10 per crafter
Join your faith family on Sunday December 2nd as we craft, eat yummy treats and listen to Christmas music. There will be crafts for every age and stage including three kinds of fresh greenery to make swags or centerpieces, homemade scented candles and one of a kind homespun ornaments! Sign up ahead to avoid lines and to secure your spot!
Click here to register:

 


Christmas Kids Night Out: December 14, (6:00-10:00pm)

Calling all kids ages 3 through 5th grade! Join us for a pizza dinner, games in the gym, ornament making, and a Christmas movie on the big screen with a bag of popcorn and candy! Friends are welcome too! The cost is $15 per child; $30 max per family. Registration is required. Click here to register today. Spots fill quickly so don’t delay!


Christmas Choir Coming!

CHILDREN’S CHOIR FOR CHRISTMAS EVE
Autumn Toussaint invites all Children in Kindergarten through 5th grade to gather and form a special “Choir” for three rehearsals filled with fun, music, and special surprises.
We will learn a very special Christmas song to sing at the Christmas Eve 5:00pm Worship Service.
Children need not attend all three rehearsals, and prior choir or music experience not required. ALL are welcome.
Dates and times:
Wednesday, December 5th, 6:00pm-6:30pm
Wednesday, December 12th, 6:00pm-6:30pm
Wednesday, December 19th, 6:00pm-6:30pm
All three rehearsals will be in the Choir Room (in the Music Ministry Hallway).

Christmas Worship

CHRISTMAS EVE
Monday, December 24
Hospitality Parking: We will offer complimentary parking for the 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve services. Drive up to the front portico of the church and parking attendants will be available to park your car.  

BUILD YOUR OWN NATIVITY
10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
Calling all kings, shepherds, and sheep! Help us re-create the Nativity in this child-centered Christmas service. Bring your own costume, or wear one we provide!

CHRISTMAS IN WAKEFIELD CHAPEL
10:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m., Chapel

A traditional service with organist, soloist, a homily, and a Christmas
message from Rev. Dr. John F. Ross.

CANDLELIGHT FAMILY CHRISTMAS
1:00 p.m. 
(Parables friendly service), 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., Sanctuary
This wonderful experience for all ages includes music by our contemporary music team, Tapestry, a special Children’s Choir, Youth Ensemble, and Celebrations Choir, your favorite Christmas carols, candlelighting, a special moment for children, and a Christmas message from Rev. Dr. John F. Ross.   *Childcare available for ages Birth-PreK for these services


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