This month, children ages pre-K through 3rd grade will experience God’s love each week in our Godly Play room. Hands-on activities, crafts, and a healthy snack will give children an insight into the Godly Play philosophy as they learn the true meaning of Advent. Fourth – 6th graders will also experience the love of God and how to apply it to real world experiences through discussion, skits, and scripture readings. The emphasis on giving will continue, as will the philosophy of “love all as Jesus loves us,” using lessons from the Episcopal curriculum “Weaving God’s Promises.”
Events in December:
December 8: Advent Fest is on December 8 from Noon- 1:30, after the 10:30 service! Please join us for Wreath Making, Gingerbread House decorating, food, and tons of fun! This is a potluck event, so all families and worship groups are encouraged to bring dishes to share. Stay tuned for more information about Advent Fest on weekly e-news and the St. Martin’s Facebook page.
December 8: Service Sunday
December Sunday School lessons:
- December 8: Godly Play: Advent 1 and 2
- December 15: Godly Play: Advent 3
- December 22: Godly Play: Advent 4
- December 29: Godly Play: The Mystery of Christmas
- December 8: Weaving God’s Promises: “The Season of Advent” Matthew 25. “Isaiah Promises Peace and Salvation” Isaiah 9, 61
- December 15: Weaving God’s Promises: “Angels Come to Mary and Joseph” Luke 1:26, Matthew 1:18
- December 22: Weaving God’s Promises: “John the Baptist” Matthew 3:1-12
- December 29: Weaving God’s Promises: “Jesus is Born” Matthew 1 and 2
Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Children’s Service with Pageant at 3 pm
Join us for a brief (40 minute) service that will surely appeal to young children and families! We will share the Christmas message, enjoy music, and share Holy Communion. We’ll have a Christmas pageant, no rehearsal required, for kids to experience the story of Jesus’s birth – parents, bring your kids to the chapel in the church office building at 2:15 for costumes. Shhh, Santa will join us near our red church doors after the service and we’ll share treats! There is no nursery care at this service.
Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Family Service at 5 pm
Join us to hear a Christmas message shared with families. Enjoy singing Christmas hymns and celebrate Holy Communion with us. After worship, please join us in our school building for the Elves’ Feast ! There is no nursery care at this service.
Dec. 24, Elves Feast at 6 pm
The Elves’ Feast in the east parish hall of our school building offers family-friendly nibbles, sweets, treats and drinks as well as fellowship. Santa will be there too, so don’t miss his visit as he stops by St. Martin’s on his way to deliver toys on Christmas Eve! You can help bring nut-free goodies to share.
Sunday School Registration
If you are new to our Sunday school or haven’t already filled out permission forms for your child, please fill out the forms today! Or you can fill them out when you drop your child off at Sunday School.
Stay tuned to children’s events throughout the year through email, weekly news, and Facebook. Please be sure to put your email address on your child’s registration form so that I can keep in touch with you throughout the Sunday School year! If you have any questions or I could be of service, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Liza Goodner, Children’s Minister