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Children’s Ministry Director
With the exception of infants who may go straight to the nursery, our children begin their Sunday morning worshipping with their families in the Sanctuary. Following a “Time with Young Disciples” the children exit for child focused programming in the Christian Formation Center. Their Sunday morning (1st hour) routine includes:
Gathering Time: (Approximately 9:20-9:40) The current “Life with God” curriculum features a plant being watered and nurtured. With that image in mind, a personalized small potted “plant” was given to each child at Fall Kick-off. When they enter the building, each child picks up their plant, rounds the corner and places it in a color-coded (by age) plant stand in the Gathering Room. The children then choose a woven mat to sit on in the large circle. Our time as a “community” follows this pattern each week:
An opening song, “Welcome to the Family” is sung as the children settle into the circle. Under the direction of volunteer Becky Hazelton, a Sign Language Interpreter, the children have learned ASL signs for the song.
Child size offering plates are passed around the circle of children. The money they give is sent to World Vision for the children’s sponsorship of a young boy, Denis Revelian, in Tanzania, Africa.
Following the offering the children stand to sing the traditional Doxology using American Sign Language.
Prayer is included in each child’s classroom, but when special needs are known or voiced, we hold hands as a community and pray for those concerns together.
The children are then dismissed to their age-specific classrooms.
2’s and 3’s
1st ~ 3rd
4 ~ 5th +
Classroom Time: (Until 10:20-10:30) Renovare’s “Life with God” curriculum is utilized in each classroom. This 58-lesson series highlights the spiritual disciplines of Prayer, Meditation, Study, Fasting, Service, Simplicity, Solitude, Submission, Guidance, Confession, Worship & Celebration as exemplified in the lives of Biblical characters. From August through November the age specific lesson plans focused on O.T. personalities in the experiences of Moses, Pharoah, Caleb, Deborah, Gideon, Samson, Ruth and Hannah.
At the onset of Advent, we took pause from this sequence, ‘pulled out’ the curriculum’s Advent section, and focused on a Nativity character each week. This study included Mary, Joseph, Angels, Shepherds and the Magi.
A New Teaching Method was introduced in the 2’s/3’s and PreK/K Classrooms last fall. Each week wood peg people are custom painted to match the characters in our preschoolers’ Beginner Bibles. These manipulatives provide a “Godly Play” type of storytelling for the teacher AND a reenactment and review for the children.
Recess Time: (Approximately 10:30-10:45)
As each class dismisses, the children exit to the playground for supervised snacks and play. A “Snack Ministry” was launched in November of 2016. Each Sunday individuals or couples assemble the snacks on a cart and roll it to the playground to serve the children during break. This ministry has been a blessing in initiating and strengthening relationships between children, parents and those serving the snacks. It has also allowed me to be more available for interaction with children, parents, and volunteers.
2nd Hour Programming: From 10:45-11:30 programming for children simplifies to 3 classes:
Nursery care continues for parents involved in adult Christian Education classes.
Wiggles & Giggles consolidates 2’s/3’s and PreK/K children for 45 minutes of reading, free play and access to the Godly Play manipulatives from the 1st hour’s Bible story.
A One Room Classroom unites 1st~5th+ students for 3 rotating learning experiences.
Bi-monthly Marlene Linthicum teaches a “hands on” series profiling various Bible character Sometimes she “goes deeper” into the life and experiences of people the students studied 1st hour. Other times the characters are new. During October the presentations included Joshua, Deborah, Gideon and Samson.
On opposite months Peggy Tomita is offering “Godly Play” presentations of the Parables of Jesus. After each presentation, students make a detailed craft representing the parable to put into their personal wood Parable Box. This study continues through 2017.
On the last Sunday of every month Linda Sites and Patricia Guild offer a creative Puppet Ministry class that is full of expression, excitement and sheer joy!
Special Seasonal Events:
Kick-off Sunday: (September): At the “Rally” event on September 9 children were given customized “Ministry Fair Passports” to guide them through each of the 15 ministry group tables. At each table they asked a specific question and wrote the answer on their passport. Then they were given a sticker from the ministry representative. With passports complete, they returned to the Children’s Ministry table for a gift/reward. Most children stayed at church to participate in the Traveling Taco lunch and Team Trivia. The younger ones who didn’t (about 12) ate and played games in the Christian Formation Center.
Advent Craft Series: (December): Marlene Linthicum and Peggy Tomita teamed up for a 2nd hour 3-week Nativity Craft series in December. During the sessions #15 different students painted and decoupaged wood Nativity characters they studied in their classroom 1st hour. By Christmas they had completed their own ‘First Nativity Set’ which we presented to them in a hinged wood box (along with a surprise baby Jesus) at the family Christmas Eve Service.
Christmas Eve Family Service: The Christmas Eve service was a joint venture guided by Pastor Jonathon and Townie Losey with special liturgical art pieces created by Ruben Guajardo and Dieter Brehm. The service featured a meditative Godly Play style presentation reflecting on key characters in the Nativity narrative and a Christmas Eve homily by Pastor Jonathan. Each child in attendance received a hand painted, gift packaged baby Jesus. There were more than 30 children in attendance.
Attendance: We regularly served 33 children in LVHPC’s children’s ministry in 2016 with an average of about 20 each week. With much credit going to Interim CM Director, Tanya Eveleth, LVHPC welcomed several new families in 2016. I am grateful for the groundwork she laid in Children’s Ministry and the systems in place when I came on board in August.
With respect, joy and appreciation I acknowledge and thank these 52 volunteer adults and youth who formed and shaped Children’s Ministry at LVHPC in 2016:
Nursery:Teresa Archbold, Harriet Archibald-Woodward, Paul Boles, Barbara Lotz, Darlene McPherson, Beth Price, Nancy Sperling, Scott Smith and youth assistant, Hannah Archbold.