Christian Education Committee Annual Report 2017
Members for 2017: Pastor Mary Anderson, Chris Grudzien, Cyndy Rooker, Karen Seitz, Dan Thomas, Amie Fatcheric, Jessica Sahm
Teachers: Chris Grudzien, Cyndy Rooker, Karen Seitz, Jessica Sahm, Amie Fatcheric, Dan Thomas (Adult Ed.)
There were 20 students enrolled in the Children’s Sunday School. Even after many students were confirmed in the spring, the students continued to attend Sunday School and were assistant teachers!
After investigating other curriculums over the summer, we decided to continue using Cokesbury’s One Room Sunday School “Deep Blue.”
Winter (January – February): Jesus, God’s Son, and The Parables
Spring (March-May): Jesus Shows Love, Hosanna, and Peter Rocks
Fall (September-November): Judges and Kings, From Shepherd to King, The Wise King
Winter (December): A Time is Coming
Souper Bowl Sunday held February 5th.
VBS meetings began.
Six students were invited to attend confirmation class. Classes were held February 12 – March 5.
“40 Days of Kindness” Lent activity. The students drew a heart on the calendar for every day they performed an act of kindness.
Students also participated in One Great Hour of Sharing.
Confirmation class met with the Session.
Sunday School students made palms out of their hands for church as no palms were beingordered.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt was held Sunday, April 2nd. This was a community event. The congregation was asked to donate candy and cookies. Instead of putting the candy in the eggs this year, we made goodie bags and the children were given them when they returned their eggs. Thirty-eight children hunted for eggs. A Citizen reporter attended and featured our event in their newspaper. Games including a raw egg toss, Twister, ping pong ball cross toss, and pin the tail on the bunny were played. There were prizes for four gold eggs (filled baskets), five large metallic eggs (five Holy Week symbols). Refreshments were also served.
Confirmands presented to church Sunday, April 16th.
Doug’s to Go event held May 18th. Raised $552.70 for Vanderkamp scholarships ($153 from bake sale and donation jar, plus profit of $399.70 from Doug’s).
Children’s Day held May 21st with a picnic that followed. Members of the congregation were asked to participate in an Instant Bible Story play just like the students do in Sunday School!
June – July:
VanderKamp: Camperships were awarded to all, thanks to the generosity of our church. Spring Rummage sale proceeds went to camperships. Seven of our children attended, some for more than one session!
This year we began collecting returnable cans and bottles to raise money for Vanderkamp scholarships. A total of $101.05 was raised for this summer’s camp scholarships. We will continue to collect for next year’s campers.
VBS was an ecumenical event. The Methodist, Baptist, Sennett Federated, and Presbyterian churches joined forces to present “Super Heroes.” Held June 25th through June 29th at the Baptist Church.
See separate VBS report.
Kicked off the start of school and Sunday School with a back pack blessing in church.
Children packaged supplies donated by congregation and Sunday School to make 30 hygiene kits for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
The children joined UNICEF’s Trick or Treat for Halloween program raising $87.55.
Advent books given to the children, included the Christmas story, activities, and a count down calendar.
Christmas program: A Day in Bethlehem.
Almost 60 people attended and participated in this program. The church dining hall was transformed into Bethlehem. Participants were given “shopping lists” and visited several shopkeepers who spoke to them about the exciting news of Jesus our Savior being born this day in Bethlehem. Shoppers went to the stable, carpentry shop, pottery shed, painter’s hut, metal shop, scribe’s tent, and the bakery. At each shop they learned about what life was like in Bethlehem when Jesus was born and were able to do hands on activities like wood working, painting, baking and art work!
The program was followed by a dish to pass luncheon.
The children sang with the choir during the Christmas Eve morning service. Laura Granger and Martha Mills rehearsed several times after Sunday School with the children.
Baptisms: The CE committee continues to send monthly newsletters to children who have been baptized in our church but cannot attend our church/Sunday School. The beginning of the year the Splash newsletter was sent to the youngest children. This only extends to children for 36 months. Following that, we decided to send Clubhouse Jr. as a more age appropriate magazine. For the older children the monthly Pockets magazine subscription has been sent.
Confirmation Class: A new class began February 2017. New confirmands: Grace and Meagan Fatcheric, Jenna Grudzien, Noah Hickok, Dylan Leubner, Danielle Moore.
Youth Fellowship: The youth group joined with UMC for several activities. Some activities the youth group were involved in were Lazer Tag at Destiny, the apple orchard and a trip to the movies to see the movie “Wonder.”
Protecting Children: Annual review of our Child Protection policy was completed.
Adult Bible Study: Dan Thomas continues to hold this class on Sundays before church service. It is always an insightful class as Dan shares interesting background and leads discussion based on the scripture lessons of the day’s sermon.
Scholarship reminder: There is a Westminster College Scholarship available for up to $76,000 ($19,000 for four years.
Thanks to the support of the church, a wonderful committee, and creative, hardworking teachers, the Christian Education Committee has been blessed with another year of sharing the good news with the children of our church and community.