Worship Tips for Families

Worship Tips for Families

Sunday Morning Live is worship just for kids, but what about when you want to worship together as a family?

Helpful Hints for Attending Worship Together

Preparation before Sunday:

  • Read the scripture for Sunday’s sermon together beforehand.
  • Discuss your family’s expectations for worship behavior and participation.
  • Let your child(ren) know you are happy to be worshiping together.

Ways for Children to Participate in Worship:

  • Let the whole family take turns choosing which service you go to.
  • Consider sitting in the Sanctuary balcony if you are concerned about movement or activity.
  • Help them follow the order of worship in the bulletin.
  • Let them fill out a connection card with their prayer requests on the back – either written or as a picture depending on their abilities.
  • Let them put the connection cards and money in the offering plates.
  • Help them find the hymns and scriptures in the hymnal and pew Bible, even though they are projected on the screens.
  • Encourage the use of the children’s worship bulletins which include a Children’s Worship Guide. Kids can receive a special treat by turning in the completed guide.
  • Point out specific things that might interest them; how fast the drummer’s sticks move, the way the choir sings all the words together, what color shirt the preacher is wearing, etc.
  • After service, have your family share one thing they learned in worship that day.

Most of all, relax and know that we are glad you are here. See you in worship!

Questions? Email Kristin Passath, Dir. of Children’s Ministries or call 813.253.5388, ext. 233

Donate Items to Support Vacation Bible School

Donate Items to Support Vacation Bible School

Support the life-changing impact of Vacation Bible school by donating food and beverages! These items will nourish and encourage our volunteers as they teach, play and have fun with our children during Vacation Bible School, June 26-30.

Items requested (can be individually wrapped, bags or boxes) are:

  • Granola and protein bars
  • Potato chips
  • Crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Popcorn
  • Trail mix
  • Various sodas
  • Juice
  • Bottled waters
  • Gatorade

Questions? Contact Kristin Passath.

Summer Shepherds

Summer Shepherds

Impact Children This Summer!
If you enjoyed worship or a small group this school year while your child or grandchild enjoyed Sunday Morning Live, we ask that you serve one Sunday this summer.
You’ll impact children’s lives while our school-year shepherds take a well-deserved break. We will pair you with another volunteer and make sure you have all the materials you need.
Note that kids stay in their current grade throughout the summer months and will “move up” on Aug. 13. Sign up here.

5th Grade Events 2017

5th Grade Events 2017

As we approach the end of the school year and your children’s time as part of Children’s Ministries, we wanted to take a moment to communicate some important information to you. While we will miss your children being a part of children’s programming, we also recognize what an exciting time this is for them and for you. We have been blessed to see them grow into beautiful, young people with a curious and growing faith in God. Thank you for allowing us to partner with you and your children.

We wanted to let you know about a few dates to help facilitate the upcoming transition between Children’s and Youth Ministries.  You should also have received a letter from Emily Felgenhauer, with more detailed Merge Youth information.

May 3: Emily Felgenhauer, Youth Director will be visiting Club 45 from 6:30–7 p.m. (Wesley Center 308).  This will be a great opportunity for Emily to meet the 5th graders in an informal and fun environment.

May 7: Last 5th grade small group at 9:30 and 11 Sunday Morning Live. Also Emily Felgenhauer, Youth Director will be stopping by 5th grade Sunday Morning Live (Wesley Center 301 at 9:30 a.m. and Wesley Center 306/7 at 11:00 a.m.). This will be another great opportunity for the 5th graders and Emily to meet and get to know each other.

May 14: 5th grade Graduation Recognition and Family Reception. This is their last Sunday as a part of Children’s Ministries. (sniff! sniff!) There will not be 5th grade small group in Sunday Morning Live, as 5th graders and their families are invited to attend either the 9:30 or 11:00 Sanctuary service and be recognized during the service. 5th graders and their families are also invited to a reception from 10:30-11 a.m. in Wesley Center 308/9 to celebrate this milestone! Please RSVP and indicate which service you will be attending so we can reserve adequate space in the Sanctuary.

May 21: They’ve officially ‘graduated’ from Children’s Ministries (no more Wesley Center computer check in).  They are now transitioning over to MERGE (youth) programming. Your rising 6th grader can either attend worship with you or if they are interested in serving as a committed volunteer in Children’s Ministries, please contact Melissa (to have your child serve with 3-4-K age group) or Melinda (to have your child serve with grades 1-5).  Please contact Melissa or Melinda prior to May 21 so they can make arrangements with you and your child for scheduling, training and other details.

May 21 is also Merge Information Night for rising 6th graders and parents, 5:30 p.m. Magnolia, followed by “Messy Night” for students.

June 26-June 30: Vacation Bible School. Register here. Rising 5th and 6th graders *Includes an exciting program for rising 5th & 6th graders. Youth who are rising 7th grade and up are invited to volunteer for Vacation Bible School.

Palm Sunday Processional

Palm Sunday Processional

We are looking forward to a wonderful morning of worship this Palm Sunday! We will celebrate with our wonderful children’s palm processional, representing Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, at the 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sanctuary Services.

Please read below for important information on the processional:

  • Our preschool (3-4-K) and elementary (grades 1-5) children will process with their Sunday Morning Live (Sunday school) shepherds.
  • Upon arrival, please check your child(ren) in on the computers in the Wesley Center (and put their nametag on).  Greeters (in red vests) will be available if you need help with our check-in system.
  • After check in, please escort your child(ren) to either the playground (3-4-K kids) or the Memorial Garden (grades 1-5), where our Children’s Ministries staff and their shepherds will be.
  • If you have a child younger than 3 years old that you would like to participate, you are welcome to join in! We just ask that you remain with them at all times and process with them.
  • After the processional, our preschool and elementary children will be escorted back to their Sunday Morning Live classrooms in the Wesley Center for regular programming and we will have our normal dismissal process.

Please also remember to bring a child-size palm branch from home for your child to wave during the processional.

Vacation Bible School 2017

Vacation Bible School 2017

June 26-30, 2017
9 a.m. – Noon*

Don’t miss this amazing VBS adventure that will help kids begin or deepen their faith by discovering that our loving God made each of us for a purpose! It’s going to be a wildly creative, inventive, interactive adventure with God!

Register below:

WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND USING FIREFOX AS YOUR BROWSER WHEN REGISTERING.  You may encounter issues with the forms if using Explorer or Chrome.

Youth and Adult Volunteers

Adult volunteers (18 years of age by June 1, 2017 or older) sign up here. If you are new to serving with us or haven’t done a Background Check in the last five years, you will need to complete the form and return to Emily Nelson.

Youth volunteers (rising 7th grade for the 2017-18 school year through age 17) sign up here.

Vacation Bible School Volunteer Training (if you are a youth or adult volunteer for VBS you must attend one of these three mandatory training sessions.)

  • 5:45 p.m June 13 Harnish Activities Center. Primary training session. Includes complimentary, catered dinner by 4 Rivers Smokehouse. RSVP.
  • 5:45 p.m. June 20 Wesley Center 306/7: Make-Up Training (no dinner included). RSVP.
  • 11:15 a.m. June 25 Wesley Center 306/7: Make-Up Training (No meal provided). RSVP.

Registration for campers age 4 – 6th grade is now full. Join the wait list here.

“Mini” VBS for children (ages 2 & 3 years old) of VBS Volunteers. Register here. Please note:

  • Children must be 2 years old by June 1, 2017
  • This program is only for children of our adult VBS volunteers. It is not a drop-off program.
  • There is a $20 registration/supply fee for this program.

Nursery care for children of VBS Volunteers. Register here. Please note: this free service is only for children of our adult VBS Volunteers.

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