Buddy Sunday is November 4

Nov 4 is Buddy Sunday; a time when older and younger children get to meet each other and begin to build recognition and  community through prayer and sharing a Bible story together. Our goal for this day is for older children to act as mentors to the younger children and for younger children to meet older children to include in their faith community.

The Grace Group (5-6 year olds) will meet with the 4th grade  group  during Sunday School.

We invite  the children to pray for each other during the week. Children will bring home a Buddy Book which names their new church friend.

August 19 – The Journey to Confirmation Begins

The 4th grade year is a big one at First Presbyterian Church!   While every step along a child’s faith journey nurtures them towards a closer, more trust-filled relationship with Christ, it is at the 4th grade year when the Journey to Confirmation is emphasized.

The year will be filled with studying the Old Testament in what is called a “survey” mode, or an overview of the stories, so that God’s plan and story line is emphasized more than single-story exploration.   The leaders will use an approach called “problem-based learning” to engage young minds in critical thinking, a necessary skill with Scripture as they move towards making their own profession of faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

The year will also be filled with intentional gatherings so that our young people can form new friendships and deepen old friendships in their group.   Watch for details as leaders will set up times for the 4th grade group to worship-together-as-a-class, join together for their Milestone Retreat, and much more.

4th grade retreat set for Feb. 25

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Join other 4th graders and our Sunday School leaders for a fun-filled afternoon. We will begin with Sunday School, worship as a class at the 11:00 worship service then on to our retreat activities. Our day will include community building activities, remembering/looking forward to our baptism, service project and lots of fun.

Retreat begins at 9:45 A.M. in C 117 (Sunday School room)  and ends at 3:30 P.M.  Cost for retreat is $10.00 to cover lunch for 4th graders.Please bring payment (cash or check) on the day of event.

Retreat Schedule:
  • 9:45 A.M. -Sunday School
  • 11:00 A.M. -worship as a class.
  • Noon- Lunch in Courtenay Lounge
  • 12:45 P.M. – activities, worship, service project, scavenger hunt 
  • 3:30  P.M. -Depart for home.

Questions? Contact Alice Wall. 

4th grade Retreat

Milestone Retreat set for February 25

The 4th graders will meet for Sunday School, worship as a class at the 11:00 worship service, then spend the afternoon on February 25 building community, working together and looking for connecting points.

What: 4th grade retreat and Milestone celebration

When: February 25, 2018;   9:45 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.

Where: We will start in C 117, our Sunday School room

Cost: $5.00 for pizza lunch. Payable on Feb. 25

4th grade Retreat

Buddy Sunday – Dec. 3, 2017

On Dec 3, the older children visited the young groups of Sunday School. They shared a scripture then were paired up with a buddy to talk about the scripture and get to know each other. Great things happened when young children and older children met. Older children found the role of buddy leader to be fun to fulfill. Younger children were pleased to have the attention of an older child. Each child now has the name of another child to pray for and look for on Sunday mornings.

4th Grade visited Love & Grace:

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.”

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.

 

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.

Kick-Off for Children’s Sunday School Groups is August 20

Welcome!   We hope the summer offered lots of opportunity to relax, travel, and renew.  We’re ready to begin our communities of belonging with our children each Sunday morning.  Groups age 3 through 6th grade study the Bible together and grow as disciples as they pray, serve, play, and care for each other.   Babies and toddlers have a fun time in our loving Nursery playing and hearing a Bible story, too.

The Sunday School hour for children is 9:45-10:45 A.M.   Families will receive an e-mail with their child’s group and room assignment prior to August 20.   We ask that parents escort their children to their group on this Kick-Off day and offer a hello/thanks to the great group of leaders who will be journeying with your child for the next 10 months.

Starting at 10:00 A.M. we are hosting a breakfast for parents in Courtenay Hall.   You’ll have time to visit with friends, make new friends, and enjoy Kim’s great cooking.

Relationships matter!  

Faith is caught more than it is taught.  

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