Wrapping Up and Looking Ahead

We had a lovely time at our end-of-year celebration last Sunday with our choir families. Ms. Kim provided a tasty spaghetti supper, we learned a new meal blessing sung to the tune of “Jesus Loves Me,” and the children each received a coloring book of Psalms to help them reflect on the sung prayers we are given in the Bible. Thank you especially to parents who came and brought their ideas to our Q&A session!

The directors of our Music and Children’s Ministries are meeting regularly this month with children’s choir staff to plan possibilities for the Fall 2018 Children’s Choir program. There are exciting developments in the works!

We hope you will take some time this summer to sing to God with your families, in worship, and even just in your alone time!

Blessings,

– Rachel, Brianna, and Kelly

 

 

 

All God’s Children Sing – Mother’s Day, May 13th

On Mother’s Day Sunday, May 13th, Sunday School children will participate in worship, singing the Introit together. The Psalmist said, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.”  That’s what All God’s Children Sing is about; all children making a joyful sound to praise and worship God.

Logistics:

  • Sunday School leaders will walk children (groups Moon to 6th grade) directly to the Sanctuary at 10:45 (the end of  Sunday School).
  • After the children sing, they will join their parents in the pews for worship.
  • Front rows will be reserved for families with children in the Moon, Faith, Love and Grace groups so children can find parents easily.
  • Families with children in the Moon group (our 3’s); We will bring your children with the rest of the groups.  In the Sanctuary, you are welcome to remain on or near the risers if needed.

If it is not possible for your child to participate, please meet her/him in the Sanctuary before the 11:00 service begins and let their Sunday School leader know prior to leaving.  Thank you.

It will be a joyful day of praising God.

Where two or more are gathered…

In the midst of the usual flurry of Spring activity, we had a small but mighty crew of choristers lead in worship on Sunday. They sang “My God is With Me” by Mark Patterson with the accompaniment of Ms. Rhonda, our assistant organist. On Mother’s Day, our choir children together with all the children in Sunday School will join to sing “For the Beauty of the Earth,” during 11:00 worship.

In other news, several parents and leaders as well as a couple of older choir students got together this week to hold our very own visioning meeting for what the children’s music ministry might do in the next three to five years. This generated some fun and exciting ideas and a few concrete steps for us to explore as we wrap up the 2017-18 season and plan for the next. More to come!

Finally, we’ll be celebrating with songs and spaghetti at the End-of-Year Choir Celebration this Sunday afternoon! Families RSVP here.

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them.” Matthew 18:20

Confirmation Orientation Meeting for 5th graders and their parents

May 13 at 9:45-10:45 in Grundy Hall

Parents will join with their current 5th grader to meet and talk with Garry Latimer, who will be the Team Leader for the Confirmation class next year, and Deb O’Brien, Director of Ministry with Children and their families.

Information shared at  the meeting will include:

  • Vision and values for the coming year
  • Key dates
  • Introduction of the leadership team
  • Some get acquainted activities
  • a chance to ask questions

Please bring $30 to cover the participation fee that covers events/food for the fellowship events that are an integral part of the year.

Confirmation is the culmination of all the nurture and faith formation that has taken place since your child was born. It is the time when children have reached an age where they can profess their faith in Jesus Christ as their own-apart from their parent’s and take on the privileges  and responsibilities of full church membership here at First Presbyterian Church.

Questions, please contact Deb O’Brien at dobrien@fpcnashville.org or 615-298-9582

Children’s Choir Celebration

Our choristers have done an amazing job this year leading worship with their voices, and we want to celebrate the joy we’ve had together! On top of that, it’s a great time to discuss plans for moving our program forward next year!

Dinner is complimentary – free of charge. RSVP needed for planning food.

Kids will rehearse briefly while parents talk with Raphael Bundage, Director of Music, and Deb O’Brien. Then all will join for our meal and brief program, including certificates and a gift.

 RSVP for the Children’s Choir Celebration via Evite here!

 

 

Singing on April 29th

Singing the Introit at 8:30 Worship:  Sunday, April 29th  

  • Meet at 8:00 AM in the hallway to the left of the sanctuary (the pulpit side) for robing and to practice before we sing the Introit.
  • Group Picture at 8:15 AM
  • After we sing, 4, 5, and 6 year-olds not yet in first grade can go to Young Child and Worship.
  • We have front row pews reserved for older choir children and families so we can all sit together. 
  • Children will keep their robes on during the worship service. We will de-robe together after the service in the back hall way.

One More Choir Sing & Celebration to End the Season

It’s hard to believe we have just one more regular rehearsal coming up this Sunday, 4/22! Next Sunday, 4/29, the children will bless our congregation with a sung Introit during the 8:30 service.

On Sunday afternoon, 5/6, we will celebrate the end of the choir season, say goodbye for summer, and look ahead to next year. At 4 pm, Ms. Kelly and Ms. Brianna will teach a few songs of prayer and praise to send us off for summer, and then families are invited to gather with the children and our choir leaders for food and fellowship.

We still need parent volunteers to help with rehearsal on 4/22 and 5/6, and robing on 4/29. If you’re an available parent, sign up here!

Confirmation Family Celebration Lunch

Confirmation Session Exam and Family Celebration Lunch

When: April 29, 2018 12:00-1:30 P.M.

Where: Courtenay Hall

All confirmands will join with the Session Elders immediately following 11:00 A.M. worship to participate in the Session examination process while Parents meet with the Youth department. Then everyone joins together for lunch followed by the Session Meeting when the confirmands will be received into membership. Siblings and other family members are welcome. It is important to arrange your schedule so that confirmands are present for the Session Exam AND Meeting.

Lunch reservations are required by April 20.
  • Please enter either confirmand, leader, or officer first name
  • Please include your confirmand in the lunch count.

5th Grade to Visit Downtown Presbyterian

5th Grade Worships at Downtown Presbyterian Church
Sunday, April 22, 9:45 a.m. -1:30 p.m.

The class will take a field trip to worship at Downtown Presbyterian Church and enjoy lunch after the service.

 

All God’s Children Sing – Palm Sunday, March 25

On Palm Sunday, March 25th, Sunday School children will participate in worship, singing the Introit together. The Psalmist said, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.”  That’s what All God’s Children Sing is about; all children making a joyful sound to praise and worship God.

Logistics:

  • Sunday School leaders will walk children (groups Moon to 6th grade) directly to the Sanctuary at 10:45 (the end of  Sunday School).
  • After the children sing, they will join their parents in the pews for worship.
  • Front rows will be reserved for families with children in the Moon, Faith, Love and Grace groups so children can find parents easily.
  • Families with children in the Moon group (our 3’s); We will bring your children with the rest of the groups.  In the Sanctuary, you are welcome to remain on or near the risers if needed.

If it is not possible for your child to participate, please meet her/him in the Sanctuary before the 11:00 service begins and let their Sunday School leader know prior to leaving.  Thank you.

It will be a joyful day of praising God.

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