CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Christian Education Committee 2019

 

Members for 2019: Pastor Mary Anderson, Amie Fatcheric, Chris Grudzien, Cyndy Rooker, Karen Seitz, Dan Thomas, Amy Hickok, Noah Hickok

Teachers:

    Children: Chris Grudzien, Cyndy Rooker

    Adult Education: Dan Thomas

There were 11 students enrolled in the Children’s Sunday School (Nursery-Grade 6).  Many students who were previously confirmed continued to attend Sunday School and helped out as assistant teachers!

We continue using Cokesbury’s One Room Sunday School “Deep Blue Kids Adventure.”  There is a Deep Blue Adventure app for the families that contains the videos for each week, trivia games that review the lessons and a parent portal explaining what the children are learning in the week’s lesson and the anchor point.

 

Themes:

Winter 2019 (Jan-Feb):  We Are Family, Different Kinds of Family

2019-2020 Loving God, Loving Neighbor

Spring: Observing Lent with Our Family, Observing Lent with Our Friends

Fall: Communities Welcome, Community Foundations, Stories that Shape Our Faith Community

Winter: Church Communities Celebrate Jesus, Jesus Leads the Community

 

We started the year out with the hiring of a Youth and Family Coordinator to work 20 hours a month.  Summer David, member of our congregation, was hired for this position.  One huge project was the remodeling of the nursery room next door to the Sunday School classroom into a comfortable youth lounge    (painted walls, new mural, area rug, repainted furniture, fun pillows).  The children love it!  The first portion of the Sunday School program is now held there and the students move to the regular Sunday School classroom for the second half of the class.  Also, the former craft group room which was no longer used, was turned into a welcoming nursery area (painted walls, fun play rug, new toys, repainted changing table).  If you have not seen these improvements, please stop in.  I know you will be impressed!

 

January/February:

Souper Bowl Sunday held February 3rd.  Total: $73, 72 items, correctly predicted Patriots would win the Super Bowl.

Youth Group FREE Spaghetti Dinner February 11th.  Dinner netted over $500 for youth group activities.

One Great Hour of Sharing fish banks handed out February 11th, returned Easter Sunday.  Total of $50 collected.

 

March:

Youth activity:  March 17th, video “Dumplin” was shown with discussion and taco meal.

 

 

April:

Lent calendars and devotionals given to children Ash Wednesday.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt was held Sunday, April 14th.  We partnered with the New Beginnings 2 Preschool.  It was a wonderful collaboration!  This continues to be a popular 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.  The Tuesday craft group filled the bags.  New this year – the children chose an egg from a bag and that determined the color eggs they were allowed to hunt for!  Games included: Twister, blow-up egg/hat races, Snoopy tattoos, ping pong ball cross toss, sack races, ring toss, and pin the tail on the bunny were played.  The Easter bunny attended in person too!  There were prizes for children who found one of four gold eggs (filled baskets), five large metallic eggs (five Holy Week symbols).  Refreshments were also served. 

 

May:

Doug’s to Go event held May 9th.  Raised $724.34 for Vanderkamp scholarships ($243.52 from bake sale and donation jar, plus profit of $480.82 from Doug’s).

Children’s Day held May 19th. A unit review from one of our curriculum DVD’s was shown to test the knowledge of the congregation and to show some of what we learn throughout the year.  A congregational dish-to-pass picnic was held followed by a family trip to The Wild in Chittenango. 

 

June – July: 

To Mars & Beyond VBS was held two full days (9-3 pm) with a kick off the evening of June 26th.  Our church hosted the VBS this year.  Lunch was included.

 

VanderKamp: 

Last year we began collecting returnable cans and bottles to raise money for Vanderkamp scholarships. A total of $305.45 has been raised so far for summer camp scholarships.  We will continue to collect for the campers.

A scholarship application form was developed for those interested in camperships for VanderKamp or other programs.  This summer many children were able to attend: Meagan and Gracie Fatcheric, Jenna, Alison, and Charlie Grudzien, and Christopher Granger.  Aurora Eaton was unable to attend due to illness.

 

September/October: 

The children joined UNICEF’s Trick or Treat for Halloween program.  $57 collected.

Arby’s Fundraiser for youth group activities was held October 14th.  Many congregation members and friends attended.  Arby’s donated 15% of the profit from 5-8 pm.  Donation from Arby’s - $178.35.

 

November/December:

Samaritan’s Purse: Operation Christmas Child.  Samaritan’s Purse collects the donated boxes filled with school supplies, hygiene items, and some fun items – and delivers them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way.  The Sunday School collected items to fill 6 boxes (3-boys/3-girls).

The congregation was asked to assist in funding the $9 per box shipping costs and all boxes were sponsored! 

Decision was made to participate again next year, hoping to increase our number of boxes (12 plastic shoeboxes were ordered from Samaritan’s Purse).

 

Youth Activity: Attended Christian concert in Hannibal, featuring Seventh Day Slumber.  The members of the band testified about how God has shown his light even through the darkest times!  Eight from our church were able to attend.  Youth also helped with the annual Turkey Dinner. 

 

Christmas Program, “No Fuss, No Stress Christmas Pageant,” presented Sunday, December 22nd,  was held in the dining room.  The program allowed for the telling the Christmas story, singing carols, and dressing up.  During each chapter of the story, we invited anyone that wanted to be Mary, Joseph, and the usual characters to come up on the “stage” and don the appropriate costume/prop. The fact that we might have had only a few or many animals, angels, shepherds, or several Marys and Josephs.  It really did not matter.   A reception followed the service.

 

Family advent calendars were given this year.

 

Baptisms:  The CE committee continued to send monthly newsletters to children who had been baptized in our church but cannot attend our church/Sunday School.  The beginning of the year Clubhouse Jr. magazine subscriptions were sent to the youngest children as they had outgrown the Splash newsletter.  For the older children the monthly Pockets magazine subscription had been sent.  In August the committee sent letters to the parents to check to see if they wanted us to continue the subscriptions. Of the three families, we heard back from only one.  The one response was very appreciative of the past year’s subscriptions but has now joined a church in their area.  With no other responses, we will not re-subscribe for this year. 

 

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.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Cynthia Rooker



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