Upcoming Group activities

We have several community building opportunities coming in the next several months, so please mark your calendars!

Worship as a Class:  Sunday, Dec 10 8:30 a.m.

Worship together is a vital part of our faith.  It unites our hearts with God and with others in powerful ways.  We believe having the class worship together occasionally in the year ahead will help create a stronger relationship between our tweens and their leaders.  We will reserve pews and the class leaders and 5th graders will sit together for the service.

5th Grade Milestone Retreat:  Saturday, January 27, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The day is filled with activities centered on experiencing the 6 Great Ends of the Church, a trip to Preston Taylor Ministries to serve with the children there, and then parents are invited to join for dinner and a brief worship time that the kids will lead.

Serving Together at Preston Taylor Ministry: Sunday, March 11, 1-3 p.m. at FPC

A variety of opportunities will be provided for your family to serve in the local Nashville community through “Serving Together”  We strongly encourage your family to take advantage of these opportunities; tweens are empowered when they experience making a difference for others in the world.

Worship 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.

 

Confirmation Journey includes Covenant of Service

Early in the Sunday School year, our fourth, fifth and sixth graders are asked to consider how they will serve our church and community as part of their covenant of service during their confirmation journey. They may serve in a variety of ways and often find a unique serving opportunity based on their interests.

One way these pre-teens can serve is as a Junior VIP helper in Young Children and Worship or a Junior VIP Nursery helper. They can also serve as a Baptism Buddy, reading the scripture or prayer during a child’s baptism. Another way of serving is to pray for the leaders of our church; the deacons, elders and pastors. What a powerful image it is that our young members are praying for the leaders of our faith community.

These fourth, fifth and sixth graders are learning the meaning of service through stewardship in unique and meaningful ways.

Heard from one junior helper:

“I have always really loved working with young children, and it is something I look forward to when I am at church.  I have been taught from a young age to serve others, and this is a great way to do it.   There are many older church members that have impacted my life, and I would love to have the same affect on the nursery aged children.”

Family Advent Fun: What’s in a Tradition?

Join us December 3 from 3:30-5:15 as we learn how to celebrate the Advent season with our families at home. You’ll have the opportunity to create a fun Advent calendar, an Advent Wreath for devotion time, pre-plan an Advent Family Fun night, and prepare packages for our Room in the Inn guests.

Drop in when it works for your family! Latecomers are welcomed!

A supper of grilled cheese and soup will also be served as we celebrate together the coming Jesus!

There is no cost to attend but reservations are requested to aid our planning

2017 Advent Gathering

Let us know you will join us on Dec. 3, 2017, 3:30-5:15 p.m. for Advent family fun.

 

4th grade Visit to The Temple- Nov 17, 2017

Friday, November 17

4:30-7:45 p.m.

Every year the fourth graders visit and tour The Temple in Belle Meade.  This ties in nicely with our Old Testament curriculum for the year.  We’ll meet as a group at church for dinner prior to this event.  The Sunday School teachers will then transport the kids to and from The Temple.

4th grade Worship together as a class and more…

We have a few key activities coming up…please mark your calendars:

 

November 17th, 2017 Temple Visit

Every year the fourth graders visit and tour The Temple in Belle Meade.  This ties in nicely with our Old Testament curriculum for the year.  We’ll meet as a group at church for dinner prior to this event.  The Sunday School teachers will then transport the kids to The Temple.  Please look for more details soon but in the meantime, please hold this date on your calendars.  You will need to pick up your fourth grader at the Temple in Belle Meade.

Thistle Farms Service Project – Items Needed by 10/29

The fourth grade is partnering with Thistle Farms for our service project this year.  We showed the children a video about this organization a few weeks ago so they should be familiar with Thistle Farms.

Please visit this Thistle Farms Sign Up Genius and pick and item or two that your child can bring to support the women of Thistle Farms.  Please bring all items to Sunday School no later than 10/29.

 

All God’s Children Sing- October 29

As part of our celebration of the 500th anniversary of The Reformation, 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 Faith 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); you received an e-mail with instructions.  If you would like your young one to sing, please pick them up from class and walk them to 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.

October 15 to be a Day of Service during the Sunday School hour

On Sunday, October 15, Sunday School groups will meet together to work on age appropriate service projects. One group will assemble our hygiene kits for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Other groups will have other service projects for the community and our church including helping with preparations for our family Advent Devotions. Join us on this day as we service the Lord with joy-filled hearts.

Moon, Faith, Love and Grace (ages 3-6) will meet in CW 111

Grades 1-3 will meet in The Computer Lab- CC 140

Grades 4-6 will meet in Grundy Hall.

Milestone Celebration for Moon group on October 8, 2017

Our three year olds in the Moon group will receive a gift Bible on October 8 as part of their Milestone Celebration.  Three year olds and their parents will gather in Grundy Hall at 9:45 to gather and create  materials to use in a worship space at home. Families will create a worship mat and a collection of finger plays. The children will receive a copy of The Read and Learn Bible to use at home for family worship and reading.

Disaster Response: collection for Hygiene kits

During the month of September you are invited to bring items to help us create hygiene kits for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. These kits offer a way to reach disaster survivors and those in need with the hope of Christ. As parents help children process images of the devastation from Hurricane Harvey, purchasing and offering these gifts can be a tangible way for children to put their faith and empathy into action. Children will be assembling these items into gallon-size Ziplock bags during Sunday School.

You may bring any quantity of any of these items over the month.   Collection bins will be available at the 1) Children’s Hospitality desk, 2) Main Church Hospitality Center, 3) Courtenay Hall, and at the 4) top of the OHS C-Wing hallway.

hand towels (approximately 16” x 28”, no finger tip or bath towels)
washclothes
wide-tooth combs (not regular combs)
nail clippers
bars of soap (bath size in wrapper)
toothbrushes (in original packaging)
Band-Aids® or other adhesive bandage strips —  3/4″ by 3″ size.

Please do not donate toothpaste for the Hygiene Kits. Toothpaste which has an extended expiration date will be added to international Hygiene Kit shipments just prior to shipment.

Third graders receive a gift Bible on Sept. 17

At the 8:30 worship service, third graders will receive a Bible as a gift from their faith community. They receive the NRSV Student Bible which can be their Bible text through Confirmation.

Following worship, parents and third graders will gather with the Colossians Leadership team for the Exploring God’s Word Milestone in Grundy Hall (9:45-10:45 a.m.) This will be a time to celebrate this important step in each child’s faith journey and a time to learn about the study helps in the Bible.

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