Beginning January 10, 2016
Beginning January 10, Sunday School and youth group will shift to the hour in between the 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. worship services. We will also offer adult education in that hour for those who would like that opportunity. Sunday School for children and youth will start at 10:15 a.m., and adult education at 10:30 a.m. in Short Hall.
This shift will allow us to offer a full 50 minutes for Godly Play, giving our children the full richness of this experience that they deserve. This will also allow our children to be fully a part of our worshipping community, rather than slipping in for Communion as we have done in the past.
We especially want to encourage families with children to worship together at either the 9:15 a.m. or the 11:15 a.m. service. We will be looking for ways to incorporate children in the 9:15 a.m. service. We also want to encourage families with small children to sit in the front pews so that they can see and hear our worship up close (and we will have rugs and toys in the front pews on both sides of the aisles).
We hope everyone in our parish will welcome our children. Our kids truly bring life and joy to our faith community that is special, and that we would not otherwise enjoy without them. Our children are not only our future, they are our present.
Childcare is offered at all three worship services for infants to kindergarten. For special needs or concerns please contact Daphne Vernon.
For adults, we will offer a series of educational programs beginning with a Bible study on the Sunday lectionary lessons. Other offerings will be available as we progress into the church year, e.g., in Lent. For those who would rather enjoy social time, we will still have coffee hour in Farlander Hall after each service.
We realize that this shift might require adjustments to Sunday routines. But we hope you will embrace this change in the spirit of bringing new life and growth to our community and our souls.