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.  

Covenant of Service Opportunities

During our Sunday morning group time, your tween has been exploring their own God-given spiritual gifts, and they’re discovering ways to use those gifts to serve in God’s kingdom. See below for more information about opportunities to use their gifts here within our church!

  1. YC&W Helper

Young Children & Worship (YC&W) is a ministry that helps 4, 5 and 6 year olds smoothly transition from the nursery to worship in the Sanctuary during the 8:30 and 11:00 services. Tweens are invited to help assist the leaders as needed. Click to sign up as YC&W Helper.

  1. Junior Nursery Helper

As a Junior Nursery Helper, your tween will get to love on the littlest in our midst by reading them a story during either the 8:30 or 11:00 service.  Click to sign up as a Junior Nursery Helper.

  1. Serving Together

Each grade level (1st – 6th) has been assigned a ministry partnership through their Sunday school group, but families and tweens are welcome to donate to or volunteer with any agency.  There are no Serving Together events on the calendar this spring, however, 4th-6th graders have an opportunity to work with several agencies through Mission Camp this summer. Click here for more information about Mission Camp.

  1. Baptism Buddy

Baptism Buddies stand alongside a family and pray for their baby (or child) as they are baptized during the worship service.  We have provided your tween’s name to Susan Kirby, who will contact you as opportunities arise.  If you have questions or would like to contact Susan, you may do so at skirby@fpcnashville.org or 615-298-9540.

  1. Doxology Choir

The Doxology Choir sings during several worship services during the year.  Practices are held on Sunday afternoons and select Wednesday evenings at the church, and are part of an integrated program of music and spiritual formation.  If your tween is interested, you can sign up online or contact Jerry Monds with any questions (jmonds@fpcnashville.org).

  1. Pray for Leadership

Prayer is a wonderful gift and powerful tool.  Tweens interested in praying for our Church leadership will receive a pictorial directory of the Elders and Deacons.

  1. Contribute to the Offering

If your tween has indicated to their Sunday school teachers (or if they indicate this in the future) that they would like to contribute to the church offering regularly, we will happily provide them with a set of offering envelopes.  If you need additional envelopes, they are available at the Children’s Hospitality Desk.

Milestone Retreat builds community and strengthens faith.

Our fourth graders met on Feb. 4 for a morning retreat to celebrate their connectedness and explore ways they are connected to this community of faith. They looked at milestones they have completed on their faith journey and remembered/looked forward to their baptism using water as a sensory cue. They chose a scripture that they want to learn by heart and they created a gift for children at Preston Taylor Ministries. The day ended with lunch fellowship and a blessing around the circle!

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