August 24 Children’s Chapel

During the Summer, all children, teens and anyone interested are invited to children’s chapel.  Children’s chapel is held each Sunday during the 10:30 am service in the chapel except for the first Sunday of the month, when we celebrate at the family worship service.  The family worship service has a youth focus with a children’s sermon and opportunities for youth to serve as readers, ushers and more!  For children’s chapel, children begin in the sanctuary with their families and  are asked to process with the cross to the chapel for a reading of the Gospel, prayers, creeds and fun activities.  The children will return at the Peace to their families. Starting in the month of September, we will still have the family worship service each first Sunday of the month.  Sunday school will return in the education building during the 10:30 am service on all other Sundays of the month for children ages 4-12th grades on Sunday, September 14.  Nursery is provided each Sunday for children 0-3 years.

Back to School

On Monday, many of us will return to the classroom.  It’s a time of excitement and even some worry.  Will I get a nice teacher?  Did that bully move away?  Is this year going to be okay?  Did you know that the disciples had questions just like this for Jesus?  Although they followed Jesus and saw many amazing things that He was doing, they still had worry and doubt.

Jesus took time to talk to the disciples:

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

What will you bring to school?

As you pack your backpack for school, think about things you want to pack and things you might want to leave behind. Besides your folders, new pencils and calculators, take time to pack Jesus with you and put away old fears and worries. You can remember that God is always at your side, no matter what.  You also have a community in Christ at St. Martin’s with people who really care about you.  There is always someone who will listen to you if you need to talk.

“Cast all your worries on God for He cares for you.”1 Peter 5:7

Parents, Grandparents and Guardians: Here’s how you can help!

Be positive about the new school year and remind your child that God is with them, even at school.  Pick an encouraging Bible verse for each week and post it on the refrigerator.  Share a family meal and talk about where God is at work, even in small ways.  Make church and Sunday school a part of your weekly routine, just like school.  This weekend at all services, we offer backpack blessings, backpack tags and bookmarks to remind your child that God goes with them when they return to the classroom.  The point is, make time for God and you will see a positive difference in your child and family.



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