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  • Children’s Religious Education News

    Posted on March 29, 2020 by Barbara Thomas in Uncategorized.

    Children’s Religious Education Worship Programs and Activities
    Sarah Sutherland, Religious Education Administrator April 2020

    Looking ahead at our activities calendar, our Family Fun Game Nights are cancelled. I was so looking forward to a night of B-I-N-G-O and Karaoke, snacks and fellowship, but we will definitely do this at a later date. I have heard we have some great singers among us!
    I would like to thank the congregation and everyone who participated in the Religious Education and Worship Round Table Discussions over the last several months. You shared some very rich information through our conversations that will help to create the future worship, activities, and fun events for the children and youth of our fellowship.
    We will gather one last time using the same Appreciative Inquiry model to create a “Dream” state-ment which will lead to the future goals for the program and a report to the fellowship of our findings. I am inviting everyone that participated in any of the discussions plus all the parents to be part of this next process. With the social distancing to keep us safe, we will have to wait until we gather together again to establish an official date to meet. There will be child care available and activities upstairs in the nursery and the religious education room for all children.
    When we come back together our Children’s Religious Education and Worship Program has the youth group working on their Photo-Documentary Project with their families in the fellowship. They will continue interviewing, gathering photos of the families, writing narratives and receiving write-backs from the families at the second luncheon all to create a final photo-documentary project that they will present to the congregation. In addition, they will also be creating their own personal family history story to share with their families and the congregation. Thank you, Karen Baggott, for sharing your expertise in photography with the youth. We all learned a lot that day about framing their pictures, angling and different views, and shadowing.
    The Moral Tales group, ages 6-9, will be continuing their learning of the complex world around them and how to be caring, thoughtful, loving children all while learning about forgiveness, welcoming one and all, generosity, treading softly on earth, do no harm, courage, justice for all, as well as many other morals all while collecting “gems of goodness” in their jars.
    Our third Faith in Action Project this year will see the children and youth making fleece knotted blankets for the Vidant Medical Center/James & Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital in Greenville, NC. The three areas with the greatest needs that will be receiving our blankets are the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and the Pediatric Cancer Center for Children birth to 18. We will begin these blankets in one of our worship services and then continue it after coffee hour asking anyone from the congregation, if they would like to help finish the blankets, to join us afterwards for a soup and sandwich luncheon while finishing the knotting and sewing blanket tags and cards to prepare them for delivery .
    It takes a village to raise a child, it takes a congregation to raise the children and youth of our Fellowship.

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