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Church School is Rockin’
In November the children continued to learn about what it means to “Build with Living Stones” as they explored the stories of David in the Old Testament. The children are now getting ready for the birth of Jesus as they prepare for the crèche service on December 17.
Thank you to all the children, their families and other members of the congregation who contributed to the Lollipops for Haiti after Halloween, as well as food for the Westminster Community Food Pantry at Thanksgiving.
Thank you to Carolyn Hemman, Dolores Tamulen, and Jim Tamulen who continue to work on materials needed for the Creche Service. On November 12 the following people gave their afternoon to create kits for the children: Sally Aalto, Beth Heckman Weiser, Kathy Miller, Carol Rakowski, Bart Sides, Jim Tamulen, Gloria Hughes, Karen Brighenti, Karen Wrigley, Dawn Perron, Dolores Tamulen, Pat Thompson, Carolyn Hemman, Lee Ann Gikis, Denise Lahitinen, Ceil Burgess, Jaci Heins and Steve Hemman who helped with set up and clean up. The workshop was a key part of the planning so I am so grateful to all of you who participated.
The children began work on the characters from the Nativity story on November 26. We want every child in the church school to be a part of this journey, it is very important that your child attend church school during Advent. A special thank you goes to all of the volunteer adults, workshop leaders, shepherds, and teachers who are assisting the children with the preparations.
There will be a final rehearsal for the service from 10 to 11:30 on Saturday, December 16.
The Creche service will be on December 17 at 9:30 followed by the brunch hosted by the Christian Education Committee. There will be no church school on December 24 and December 31. Thank you for your continued support of the Christian education program. Church school will begin again on January 7, 2018.

What a Great Afternoon and Evening!
Eighty eight people attended the Advent Workshop and Soup Supper on November 26. Everyone seemed to enjoy the evening. It would not be possible to have an event like this without the support of the volunteers and Christian Education Committee members. Thank you to the workshop leaders, Karen Brighenti, Sue Klockars, Lee Ann Gikis, Emma Barry, Ava Barry, Brett Barnaby, Beth Heckman Weiser, Pastor Ray Medeiros, Bart Sides, Michael Heins, Jaci Heins Amanda Wrigley, Lissa Hoyt, Sue Medeiros, and Andrea Barry. There were many pots of “soup” and plenty of cookies. No one left hungry! Many thanks to the members of the C. E. Committee and their organization of the supper. And the time of sharing in the beautifully decorated sanctuary was a wonderful way to begin the season. Thank you to all who participated in this special event.
There is a beautiful tree decorated in the color of Advent in the hallway at the side entrance of the church thanks to Doris Forte. Doris provided the beautiful decorations and decorated the tree. As you enter and exit the church, please be reminded of this season of preparation for the birth of the Christ child.

Confirmation 2017-18
The confirmands continue their journey with a seminar on the sacraments and worship in November. Jane Collar did an excellent job of sharing her work as a deacon with the young people which was greatly appreciated. In December they will be attending the Living Nativity at the Lutheran church in town. Please continue to keep these 7 young people in your prayers as they explore their faith this year.

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