Children’s Ministries news for December 7 and 8, 2019

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This Sunday, December 8, 2019, Second Sunday of Advent, Sunday School will begin with Sunday Breakfast Club in the Library of the Undercroft  at 9:30 a.m. Thank you to the Quinones family for hosting this week. Don’t forget to sign up for your turn by using this link:   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4CAAA62CAB9-sunday
The education and worship part of our children’s program will begin at 9:45 a.m. in the Undercroft. If you can, please join us and/or have your children join us as we begin the journey leading us to mystery of Christmas in the PreK-K classroom and as we explore the message of preparation in the season of Advent and the preaching of John the Baptist in grades 1-6.  

A few additional bits of news:

  • This week, we will be assigning planning parts and service roles for the Annual Children’s Pageant which will be part pageant/part prayer service as typically happens. Please try to have your children in attendance as much as possible during the month of December as this makes it easier for the grown-ups and the children. We will practice during Sunday school each week and will have extra practices on the morning of Dec. 14, the afternoon of Dec. 15 as well as the evening of Dec. 20. The pageant will be on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. with practice at 3:30 p.m.
  • On Saturday, December 7, 2019 as part of the St. Thomas’s Annual Bazaar, I will be hosting a fundraiser Pancake Breakfast Buffet. The buffet will include pancake bar, sausage, eggs, fruit, and drinks. Ticket prices at the door will be $5 per adult/older child and $3 per child under 10, 2 years and younger free.  Please come to enjoy good food and fellowship with family and friends. Then, stay to do some shopping at the Bazaar!
  • All of St Thomas’s has  been invited to attend Faith and Family Day at the UD Basketball game on January 12, 2019. CREW, our youth group, will be attending as our meeting that day. Please let me know as soon as you can via email or the sign up sheet on the Great Hall door if you plan to attend as well. Advance ticket prices will be depend on the size of our group.

I look forward to seeing you all soon!
Blessings,Belinda Young-Payne, Director of Children’s Ministries

Children’s Ministries news for December 1, 2019

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On Sunday, December 1 2019, the First Sunday of Advent, Sunday School will begin with Sunday Breakfast Club in the Great Hall classroom at 9:30 a.m. Thank you to the Houghtons for hosting this week. Don’t forget to sign up for your turn by using this link:   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4CAAA62CAB9-sunday
The education and worship part of our children’s program will begin at 9:45 a.m. in the Undercroft. If you can, please join us and/or have your children join us as we begin the journey leading us to mystery of Christmas in the PreK-K classroom as we begin our celebration of Advent by exploring the theme of waiting in grades 1-6. 

A few additional bits of news:

  • This week, we will begin planning parts and service roles for the annual Children’s Pageant which will be part pageant/part prayer service as typically happens. Please try to have your children in attendance as much as possible during the month of December as this makes it easier for the grown-ups and the children.
  • On Saturday, December 7, 2019, as part of the St. Thomas’s Annual Bazaar, I will be hosting a fundraiser Pancake Breakfast Buffet. The buffet will include pancake bar, sausage, eggs, fruit, and drinks. Ticket prices at the door will be $5 per adult/older child and $3 per child under 10, 2 years and younger are free.  Please come if you can to enjoy good food and fellowship with family and friends and then stay to do some shopping at the bazaar!
  • All of St Thomas’s has  been invited to attend Faith and Family Day at the UD Basketball game on January 12, 2020. CREW, our youth group, will be attending as our meeting that day. Please let me know as soon as you can if you plan to attend as well. Advance ticket prices will be depend on the size of our group.

I look forward to seeing you all soon!
Blessings,Belinda Young-Payne, Director of Children’s Ministries

Children’s Ministries news – 09-21-19

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Hi Everyone, 
Sunday School will begin with Sunday Breakfast Club tomorrow this morning at 9:30 a.m., hosted by the Sausvilles! (Thank you!) The education and worship part of our children’s program will begin at 9:45 a.m. in the Undercroft. If you can, please join us and/or have your children join us as we enter into the story of Moses and the Burning Bush in the PreK-K classroom and as we enter into one of Jesus’ parables by focusing on the difference between “money” treasures and “life treasures”, such as friends and family in grades 1-6.  
Later in the day, I’ll be at Coffee Hour adult ed event on Quaker Spirituality. I encourage you to attend if you are able.
And don’t forget…the Back to School Pizza Party for all children, tweens, teens and their families will happen at noon on Sept. 29! Let me know ahead if you know you’re coming…but come anyway even if you don”t.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Blessings,Belinda

God’s Big Backyard – ToGo bags

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As part of our activities in God’s Big Backyard this summer, the children are making ToGo bags which will be donated to Newark Empowerment Center. We hope that our church community will join us in serving our larger community by helping us gather supplies. If you are able to contribute our project, please use the link below to let us know.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4CAAA62CAB9-stthomas1

Thank you so much for your support!

Blessings,Belinda

Summer Children’s Worship: God’s Big Backyard

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Summer Children’s Worship for children 3 years and older will begin on June 9 and run through August 18 during the 10:30 a.m. service.  Children will meet the children’s worship leader in the Great Hall before the service and then walk downstairs or outside together, depending on the activity planned, at 10:30 a.m. The children will then rejoin their families during the Peace. Our theme this year is “God’s Big Backyard”: Where Kids Have a Blast Serving Jesus. Each week, in our very own “Big Backyard”, the children will hear a story or do an activity (art, drama, music, games, etc.) based on one of the many bible stories that illustrate how we can serve our families, our friends, our neighbors, our communities, and God.  This year, we will be asking for parents or other parishioners to be guest leaders. Keep an eye out for your chance to lead!

St. Thomas’s Children’s Ministries Breakfast on April 28, 2019

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Hello St. Thomas Community.

Just a reminder that this Sunday, April 28 is Family Church Sunday at St. Thomas’s and it is also the day we will have our annual St. Thomas’s Children’s Ministries Family Breakfast hosted by St. Thomas’s Children’s Ministries. Everyone in the parish is invited, but especially children, youth and their families. See below (or the flyer attached ) for details and please RSVP if you can with how many are attending and what food items you are bringing, if any. You can RSVP by calling me at 302-388-4017 or emailing belmar43@aol.com or by going to SignUpGenius by copying and pasting the link below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4CAAA62CAB9-20191.

Thanks!! See you all soon!

Blessings,
Belinda

Annual Children’s Ministries Family Brunch

April 28 is also the day of our annual Family Brunch. On this day, families of children and youth and whoever else would like to join us, will gather in the Great Hall at 9:30 a.m. for a potluck brunch. Each family/person is asked to bring something to share (eggs, breakfast casseroles, meats, bagels, muffins, fruit, etc.) if you are able. Beverages will be provided. The children will then attend the 10:30 a.m. service with their parents.

Family Church Sunday

April 28 is a Family Church Sunday. There is no separate children’s worship time that morning. However, the nursery will be open for children ages birth to 3 years. Children will attend services with their families.

Easter Egg Hunt 2019

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Please see our Easter 2019 flyer about the egg hunt on Easter Sunday, April 21.  Feel free to print, copy and/or pass our flyer along to others in our community.

The Easter egg hunt and special goodies will be available after the 10:30 a.m. service on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019.  This event will be hosted by St. Thomas’s Children’s Ministry. 

Everyone is welcome to attend!!


Blessings,Belinda

Children’s Ministries needs volunteers

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Our fun summer times are almost at an end and the time for fall preparation has come. I’m excited!

Regular Children’s Worship will begin again on September 10 for children 3 years (potty trained) to 6th grade. Sunday School normally runs from 9:30 to 11:10 a.m. Registration for Sunday School will begin at 9:15 a.m. in the Great Hall on September 10, 2018.

Our goal is to have three Sunday School classrooms this year. In order to do this in the best way that we can, we need at least two more teachers. I am praying we can find some new faces to join our children’s ministry team. Teaching involves an average commitment of two Sundays a month and an hour or two of preparation the week you are the lead teacher. We teach in teams of two so you would be lead teacher an average of once a month. If you are more comfortable being the helper teacher each time, that is fine too. This ministry is an act of both giving and receiving. The children teach and inspire us as much as we do them. And the team members are a tremendous support and inspiration to each other. Training for Godly Play and training for Living the Good News for anyone who needs it will be held in late August/early September and as needed. If you feel called to be a part of children’s ministry in any way, please contact me at belmar43@aol.com.

Thank you for all the support that you, as a congregation, provide to our children and their families.

Blessings,

Belinda

Children’s Ministries schedule

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Sunday School resumes on September 9, 2018.

From May 27 to September 2, St Thomas’s nursery for children aged birth to 3 years will be open from 10:15 to the end of the 10:30 a.m. service.

Summer Children’s Worship for children 3 years and older runs through August 19. Our summer theme this year is The Fruit of the Spirit, based on Galatians 5:22-23 (But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control). Each week, we will learn about a different spiritual gift through scripture lessons, stories, hands-on play/art activities, service projects, and/or take-home assignments to promote real-life applications of the fruit of the Spirit. On most Sundays this summer (when children’s worship leader is available), children are invited to the Undercroft from 10:30-11:10 a.m. The children will rejoin their families at the Peace. On some Sundays (when a children’s worship leader is not available), children will remain with their families and are invited to complete the activity in the Fruit of the Spirit bags found in the basket by the sanctuary door.

If you have questions, need more information, or would like to volunteer to help this summer, please contact Belinda Young-Payne at 302-388-4017.