A Note from Wendy
What a great Sunday we had with all the children filling their backpacks with prayers to get ready for their first day of school. One little guy asked me, "Ms. Wendy, do you think with all these prayers in there I will have room for my lunch and my books tomorrow?" I told him yes!! (smile). I still have some backpack tags for those children who were not able to be at the service last Sunday. You can pick one up in the basket at the Children's Church sign up table right in front of the Sanctuary doors.
If you did not fill out a NEW emergency white card, please do so when you drop off your child/ren for Explorers Sunday school. I am updating and need NEW cards for everyone. A greeter will be at a table at the children's center to help you out.
On September 13, 2015 we will begin our new worship and Sunday school hours. Sunday school will be provided during the 9:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. worship hours. I have to wait and see the numbers for our 9:00 a.m. Sunday school hour to completely know what that will look like. The 10:15 a.m. Explorers Sunday School will be grouped as follows: Kindergarten-grade one, grades 2-3 and grades 4-5. If the classes get too big, I will separate them. During the 11:30 a.m. worship time, I will have Children's Choir except on the second Sunday of the month when I will have Mission Possible Kids. Everyone from Kindergarten to 5th grade is welcome to join us for choir and Mission Possible Kids.
I am still looking for teachers; see below for the needs. I am not quite sure of the needs for the 9:00 a.m. time slot, but I know I will need K/1st grade teachers to coincide with the adult Bible study classes meeting at that time. I love your children, but I cannot teach all the classes.The good news is that I now have 2nd/3rd and 4th/5th grades covered. Many thanks to Lynda Blaylock, Nancy and Rick Adler, Penny Porsch, and Suzanne and Helder Menendez. I also have one 9:00 a.m. K/1st grade class covered, thanks to Lyndsey Lessner and Kelly Oleson. And, I have three volunteers for the K/1st grade 10:15 a.m. slot—thank you Jennifer and Chad Selby and Marci Adams!
So here is what I need:
- Teach the 4- and 5 year-old Sunday School class. Straightforward curriculum and prepped art supplies will be provided to you. We recruit sets of teachers so that, with rotation, teachers are often just leading a class once a month. We have organized so that you will be empowered with the tools needed to make a difference in the classrooms Sunday mornings. Contact Wendy McConney to learn more and sign up.
- Teach the K/1st grade Sunday School class. Again, here we recruit sets of teachers so that, with rotation, teachers are often just leading a class once a month and are able to spend their energy with the children, in class, making a real difference on their Sunday. Contact Wendy McConney to learn more and sign up.
- I am also still in need of a few more greeters for the Explorers Sunday School and in the Preschool area. Thanks to Kristi Wilbur, Cissie Vines, Jennifer Selby, Nancy Adler and Allison Brown for committing to greet our families!
Feel free to call me at 214-544-8050, ext. 112, with your questions, concerns or ideas.
Explorers Sunday School K-5th
Kindergarten to 5th graders will use the Explore God curriculum. The 2's-3's and 4's and 5's Preschool classes will continue with the Spark curriculum. Explore God and Spark will provide great opportunities for families to have wonderful discussions each week.
Click here to learn more about Explore God.
Dates to Remember
September 13, 2015
Mission Possible Kids kick-off
September 15, 2015
September 20, 2015
Children's Choir starts back
October 18, 2015:
1st Grade Bible Presentation
Explorers should bring their bibles to class each week.
For the Fall session we will be exploring Old Testament stories beginning with the Creation story. The scripture passage for this Sunday will be Genesis 3:1-24. The theme is: We all need God's love and grace; God forgives.
Family conversations around this lesson plan can be: How do you know God always loves and forgives you? Can I ever get into so much trouble that I'm not lovable anymore? Have you ever had to ask for forgiveness? Was it easy or hard to do so? Do you think this Bible story teaches us that getting into trouble isn't the end of the story - there's forgiveness and second chances?
Check it out: The word sin does not occur in the story but, we recognize it! The first time the word sin appears is in the NRSV translation of the Bible in Genesis 4. We don't know which tasty fruit Adam and Eve ate off the tree in the middle of the garden though it is often pictured in art as an apple. Make an apple pie together and talk about the story as you eat the pie. YUM!! Dear God, thank you for always loving us. Help us to make good decisions. Amen
For the month of September, our Sunday school offering will go to the Interfaith Housing Coalition, a non profit organization that helps families that are homeless become self sufficient again .
Children's Choir Starts back September 20, 2015
Children’s choir will start back up again September 20, 2015 (NOTE THE DATE CHANGE!!!)
INVITE YOUR FRIENDS. The choir is designed for those in Kindergarten through 5th grade. We are going to meet at 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. over at the children's center. Please come directly to the children's center at 11:30 a.m. Parents, you are asked to pick up and drop off at the children's center. We will meet every Sunday EXCEPT the second Sunday of the month when we have Mission Possible Kids. COME AND JOIN US!!!! We have so much fun. Ask anyone in our Children's Choir and they will tell you Children's Choir is the best!
Mission Possible Kids Starts back September 13, 2015
Calling all Agents. Are you ready to start doing Mission work for God again? If you are, we have some fun mission projects planned. Mission Possible Kids, a.k.a. MPKids, is all about empowering kids to actually change the world. Through MPKids, kids become more than "just kids", they become "special agents doing God's work." We will meet the second Sunday of the month in the children's center. Our first meeting will be Sunday, September 13, 2015, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. . Anyone Kindergarten through 5th grade is invited. SHHHHH...our first mission will be Operation Birthday Boxes. We will be making birthday boxes for the Interfaith Housing Coalition, a nonprofit organization that provides temporary housing for homeless families and programs to regain self-sufficiency.
School Supplies for the Preschool and Children's center
While you are picking up school supplies that are on sale and BOGO, please keep Creekwood in mind. I would love any donation of supplies for the preschool and children's center. We can always use more glue sticks, tape, markers, pencils and crayons.
Little Explorers Preschool and Nursery news
Parents, I am combining my two newsletters into one. This is the spot where you will find information that relates to preschool moms. On that note, the formerly known as Creekwood MOPS group is now a moms group called "The Creekwood Momtourage." This is for all moms with preschool and elementary age children. Their NEXT meeting will be Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at the worship center from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. All moms and friends of moms invited!
Dinner and childcare will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, please email Jennifer Robinson.
This group will meet the third Tuesday of the month. Email Jennifer to request membership to the new Momtourage page on Facebook to stay up to date on what's happenings.