Church School News

Christian Education News

Church School is Rockin’
Church school began on September 13 with many people attending worship. The Christian education staff was recognized and apple pie was enjoyed by all! Thank you Bart Sides and your team of bakers! The church school theme this year is “Building with Living Stones.” Did you know that that some form of the word stones or rocks is found 466 times in the Bible. Stones or rocks are used as an image in the scriptures and stories. The children will be exploring some of these stories beginning with the 10 Commandments which were written on stone. So if you see rocks and stones around the church this year, just think of them as the presence of God.

Many Hands at Work
In order to get the church school going each year. It takes many hands! Thank you to the thirty people who met on September 7 for the staff orientation which included the church school staff, the members of the Christian education committee, Pastor Ray, and Chris Bergquist. A special thank you goes to the “Apple Pie Crew,” Gregg Buckman, Karen Brighenti, Jaci Heins, Doug Greenlee who made 12 apple pies under the guidance of Bart Sides.
Thank you also to Chris Bergquist who happened to have a friend who was clearing some land and allowed us to come to her property and go rock hunting and collecting. The collection would not have happened without Peter Rakowski and his truck as well as the rock collectors and washers, Connor Rakowski, Russell Hertel, Phyllis Pomerleau, Chris Bergquist, and Peter Rakowski.
With the efforts of all these people and the support of the congregation, the church year is off to a great start!

Building with Living Stones
During our church school time on September 17 the children were involved in a number of activities that illustrated references to rocks and stones in the Bible as we begin this year’s theme “Building with Living Stones.” We ended our time with a blessing of the stones which included the prayer on this page.
Each child has been invited to bring a stone home for the church school year. Our hope is that the stone can be placed in an obvious place and be a reminder that God is always with us and that the teachings of Jesus are a foundation for us and our families. It can also reminde us that coming to church school on a regular basis can help make that foundation stronger. And maybe once a week your family can share the blessing we used this morning as a reminder of the importance of God and Jesus as a part of that foundation. On Children’s Sunday, June 10, 2018, the children will return the stones for a special celebration. Thank you for your support.

9:15 WORSHIP TIME
Each week of church school begins with a worship time at 9:15. This is an important part of our education program. During this time the children learn about a variety of topics related to the worship in the sanctuary. They learn about the order of worship and the seasons and colors of the church year. They practice reading responsively and learn about prayer. Amanda Arsenault with the assistance of her son, Matthew, shares her love and gift of music with the children in a variety of creative ways. We also explain the importance of stewardship and giving to others, and that giving is not just about money. We also collect an offering each week. Children are encouraged to give something every Sunday. The amount does not matter. We do record children who give offering each week, so if your child would like to be acknowledged at the end of the year, please use an envelope with their first and last names on it. There are offering envelopes available for the children. Please plan to have your children in Covenant Hall by 9:15 so they do not miss out on this part of their Christian education. All children in first grade and older will return to Covenant Hall at the end of their workshops to complete the full church school experience each Sunday. They will be dismissed to coffee hour or picked up by a parent from Covenant Hall. There is no worship time on Family Sundays.

Attendance and the Justice & Loving Kindness Tickets
Micah 6:8 Each week in the church school there is an attendance ticket and a loving kindness ticket for children in grades 1 through 8. The children receive an attendance ticket for each week they are present and one child in each rotation group receives the loving kindness (best behavior) ticket each week. Every 4 to 6 weeks we do a drawing. There are several awards given on that day and the child must be present on the day of the drawing. The tickets accumulate through the year. The purpose of this is promote more regular attendance as well as best behavior. The first drawing will be October 15 and the award will be ROCK candy sticks!
Please plan to have your children in Covenant Hall by 9:15 so they do not miss out on this part of their Christian education. All children in first grade and older will return to Covenant Hall at the end of their workshops to complete the full church school experience each Sunday. They will be dismissed to coffee hour or picked up by a parent from Covenant Hall. There is no worship time on Family Sundays.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call 978-874-5790 (church) 978-376-9648 (cell) or email nssidesce@gmail.com me or see me in the office Tuesday through Thursday.
***Be sure you have completed a registration form for your child.

Thanks!
Nancy Sides, Christian Education Coordinator