Second Hour

If you have small children, or even tall ones, that hour after church can be a challenging one. You want to visit and get to know people, maybe even have an adult conversation, but there’s one, maybe two, possibly 3 kids hanging on to your legs making you feel like a human jungle gym. It’s not easy to concentrate or talk like the rational, interesting human being you know you are, under such circumstances. I don’t know if this will completely solve the problem, but I’ll plan to set up a table of quiet activities: puzzles, art, and a big cookie sheet covered in something little ones can push around with trucks. You’ll still need to keep an eye on them, but they may find the activities engrossing enough to free you up to string more than 3 words together. It’s worth a try. Let me know if it works.
Special Bulletins
There are special bulletins available for kids each Sunday with activities that introduce the morning’s lesson theme . There’s a pre-reader and reader version along with crayons placed at each entrance. Be sure to ask the usher for them on your way into worship.

Registration

If you didn’t have a chance to register your children yet, we’ll have forms available up in the sanctuary right before church for you to fill out. Thanks for helping us gather this important information. I’d also love to have a picture of every child for the bulletin board in my office. Come check out how many we have so far, and if you don’t see your smiling face up there let me know and I’ll take your picture right away.

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Save the Date

 On October 26 we have two events happening simultaneously and I can only be at 1, so I need some help. Angie and Kelli Montalvo-Greene have graciously offered to host a Scarecrow Making Party with lunch at their home: BYO Scarecrow clothes. And our youth will be joining teens from Edwards, Haydenville, and St. John’s to go gleaning with Rachel’s Table. They’ll be harvesting food left over in local farm fields and brining it to a local donation center.

Teachers Needed…
I was too quick last week to give away Gabe’s classroom for October. Turns out we just need a volunteer to cover his class on October 5th. He’s enjoying it so much he wants to do it for the rest of the month. But Gabe’s class is way too big, and it would be great if we could split it up into two different grade levels.
I have to tell you that our kids are amazing and really fun to work with. And as a pastor I’ll do everything I can to make it as easy as possible for you if you’re interested in helping. I’ll gather all the materials and props for the lesson. All you need to do is spend about 20 minutes looking over the plan ahead of time so you can lead the class. It’s easy, fun, and – if you ask Gabe, Stacey, Rachel, Angie, Yin-Yin, Lisa, or Barbara – they’ll tell you that they are really enjoying the experience. So please let me know if you’d be willing to help. These kids deserve the best we have to offer, and I hope that together we can see that happen.

See you Sunday,

Pastor Sarah