West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Monday, January 23, 2017

Christian Education

Coming Soon!
Children’s Room at the Holiday Fair
Our annual holiday fair is on December 3rd this year from 9am – 3pm. The Christian Education will be sponsoring the Children’s Room again this year. We will have crafts and other activities available for children to work on while parents shop/volunteer at the fair. If you are volunteering at the fair and expect that your child will be in the Children’s Room for a long period of time, please
let Sarah Laflamme know so that arrangements can be made to have additional activities ready.
Winter Epiphany Festival and Potluck Dinner
Mark your calendars for January 7th when we will celebrate the winter season and the start of Epiphany. Starting at 4:00pm we will have some outside activities including snowmen building, sledding (snow permitting) and time by the fire! Then we will move indoors for some Epiphany activities and a potluck dinner. At the end of the evening we will share in worship around the bonfire. If you have any questions please speak with a member of the Christian Education Committee.

What’s happening in SS?
Upcoming Curriculum
Unit 3 takes the elementary classes through the first 2 seasons of the Christian Year (Advent and Christmas). The unit focuses on God’s plan for transforming the world through Jesus. The children will focus on the surprises found in the scriptures and the world today during the Advent and Christmas seasons. The middle school and high school classes continue to make connections between current events and their faith. After the New Year, the Sunday school classes will start preparing for Children’s and Youth Sunday on March 12th including preparing for “Nic at Night” the musical that will be presented during the service.

Worshiping on Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve we have three opportunities for worship. All three services will have the same format, but the music at the 6pm service will be presented by the children’s and youth choirs. The music at the 8pm and 10pm services will be presented by the Festival Ringers and the Senior Choir. A special brass group will also take part in the 8pm and 10pm services. Children are welcome at any of the services and there will be a special gift activity for kids 5th grade and under to do during which ever service they attend.

Connecting with Christ
Daily Prayer During the Holidays
As we move into the holiday season, finding time to slow down can be difficult. One way to help yourself slowdown is to include prayer in your daily routine. You can even use everyday items to help you remember to take a moment to slowdown and pray. For example, every time you see a table, take a minute to say the following prayer:
God, thank you for my friends and family. Help me remember to spend time
with the people I love. Amen.

You may find that your holidays are less stressful if you take an extra
moment to pray.

If you have any questions or comments about our Christian Education Program please contact:
Sarah Laflamme Harry Johnson
Christian Education Director Chairperson, CE Committee
Christian-ed@wcumc.us johnson3rd@verizon.net
603-888-1003 978-251-8587


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