This Sunday is promotion Sunday. All kids will transition to their corresponding classes based on what grade they are entering this year. Here is a list of grades and room numbers:
Kindergarten - rm 141
1st/2nd - rm 221
3rd - rm 227
4th - rm 220
*All first to fourth graders will start in room 220 for their lesson time.
As we begin our upcoming series on prayer during Sunday mornings, we will be doing some activities on Sundays with the children as well. Here is an article on six way to be a prayer parent. I hope you enjoy.
This past week, Jonathan, Levi, and I headed down to Virginia to visit my family. While there, my mother gave us the advice to start establishing traditions that we want to continue as Levi gets holder, even though he is only a year. Days later, I was issued the same challenge at a Bible study I attend - start developing traditions that help your family remember the true meaning of Christmas.
It is so easy to caught up in the fun events going on (like our upcoming Charlie Brown Christmas on Wednesday, December 16th at 6:45 - yes, that was a shameless plug). Yet as parents, it is important for us to continually remind ourselves and our children of the true meaning of Christmas. Traditions can help with this. Here are some Christ-centered Christmas traditions ideas:
1) Advent wreath - Traditionally, there are four candles around the outside of a wreath with one in the middle. Each of the four Sundays before Christmas one candle is lit and a passage from scripture is read. (Don't worry if you missed a week - just double up!) There are variations for which each candles represents. Here is one:
* Hope - Read the story of Elizabeth, John, and the birth of John the Baptist in Luke 1:5-25 and 57-79.
* Love - Read the story of Mary and Gabriel's announcement to her in Luke 1:26-38.
* Peace - Read the story of Joseph and the angel appearing to him in Matthew 1:19-24.
* Joy - Read the story of the shepherds in Luke 2:8-15
* Christ - Read the story of Christ's birth in Luke 2:1-7, 16-20.
2) Read Christmas story before opening presents on Christmas morning. You could use a traditional version or use a kid's bible like the "Jesus Story Book Bible".
3) Watch a Christmas movie that includes the true meaning of Christmas, like the "Nativity Story" (I have not seen it but heard good things about it).
4) Go to a live nativity.
5) Have a Happy Birthday Jesus party complete with a cake!
6) Check out this blog post. It has some great ideas!!!!
Hello EBC Family!!!
I am so excited for this opportunity to serve you at EBC!!! Starting in the fall of 2009, I have been faithfully attending EBC (except while living in Toledo for a year - the commute was a little too far). I have loved being able to watch so many of our kids grow up from a far and am excited to have a more direct part in helping them grow into grace-followers. To help you get to know me a little bit more, I want to share with you some of my background. I have worked with kids since I was twelve. My parents' cultivated in me a desire to serve others. Some of the avenues I have served with kids in include a summer camp (called Pleasant Hill Outdoor Camp or P-HOC - I talk about it a lot!), after-school ministries, teaching, and nursery. My husband, Jonathan, and I have been married for almost three years. We have one son named Levi who turned one in August. We are praying that we will be moving back to Xenia by the middle of November. I am looking forward to living in-town after currently living 25 minutes away. I am looking forward to working with parents and fellow childcare workers over the next few months to just learn how God has been working at EBC and how He might use me in this new role. Thank you so much for your support over the past month! It has been so invaluable! God bless and go in God's grace and peace throughout your day!
Operation Shoe Drive for Honduras
We have been asked to help one of our SS teachers with a special project! Taylor Schwartz is going on a mission’s trip to Honduras in May and her team is hoping to take new shoes to pass out to kids there. Wouldn’t it be great if we all bring in just one pair of shoes per kid and shower her with about 75 shoes from her church????
We have only 4 weeks to get this done! Taylor says the best kind of shoes to get is the following list below. Bring in your shoe donation soon! Please no used shoes
2. Croc style
(can be found at the dollar store or dollar bins)
Children's Ministries Director