August Children and Family Ministry
What will fall look like? This is the million-dollar question that all of us are asking. Know that the Children and Family Ministry Committee is working closely with A Joyful Noise Preschool and the Back to Church Team to develop multiple contingencies for blended online and gathered church school. We are closely monitoring government guidelines and school communications as we plan. We are so grateful for your emails and texts. We miss seeing your family in person and pray daily for you!
F.R.O.G. is our model for innovation: This summer the Children and Family Ministry team is exploring new models and formats of ministry as we plan for multiple contingencies. F.R.O.G. (Forever Relying On God) has long been our motto. Just as the frog lives both in water and on land, children’s ministry must be amphibious—able to thrive both online and in person as we are able.
In the catalog, you will find a wide array of faith formation opportunities and formats: online only, DIY (asynchronous), and hybrid in-person (at home) and online. We are beta testing an online platform, CONNECT, as a one-stop shop for classes, community, and content.
One of the gifts of online ministry is that you and your family can join us from wherever you travel this summer and beyond. Please journey with us in July and August. We welcome your honest feedback about how we can continue to nurture and care for your families.
To participate, simply send an email to Greta Connor.
Would your family like to lead a short prayer, candle lighting, a song or story? We’d love to include the unique gifts and leadership of your family! Send an email to Christine Hides.
Sunday’s in August
Sunday, August 2 at 9:15 a.m. Special Online Family Chapel: We’ll be kicking off our CommUNITY Allies self-paced VBS with activities and movement. Have a paper plate (or circle) and crayons or markers ready for mask making. Email Greta Connor for access to all the VBS activities.
Sunday, August 30, 9:30 a.m. Back to School Blessing in the Memorial Garden: Reservation link and additional information will be provided the week before.
Note: Fall Faith Formation (Sunday School) registration and plans will be shared the week of August 20.
CommUNITY Allies self-paced Vacation Bible School For the Whole Family
From late July–early August for Kindergarten–Sixth Grade
Please email Greta Connor to receive the VBS activity packets. Parents, grandparents, and friends are welcome! CommUNITY Allies uses arts and crafts, movement challenges, music and more to celebrate and inspire families of faith to join together—even as we are all apart. Join us to learn about empathy, community activism, and our global connections from the safety of your home.
Anytime Journey with Jesus
Track your path on the printable map, read stories about Jesus’ life, and take pictures of story connections with your own “flat Jesus” cutout. Those who reach the end of the journey will receive a small prize in the mail.