West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Christian Education

Coming Soon!
Intergenerational Easter Service and Easter Egg Hunt
Come explore some Easter surprises at the 8 o’clock service on Easter morning (April 16th)! This service is planned to engage worshipers of all ages. The children’s and youth choirs will present the special music and the scriptures will be read from a kid-friendly translation of the bible. Following the 8 o’clock service, the Christian Education Committee invites all children 3 years old through 5th grade to participate in our annual Easter Egg Hunt!

Potluck Supper and Outdoor Movie Night
On May 6th the Christian Education Committee invites everyone to a potluck dinner and movie under the stars. The potluck dinner will be at 6pm with the outdoor movie starting at 7:30pm. As always popcorn and other concessions will be for sale during the movie! We ask everyone to bring blankets and lawn chairs for the movie which will be set up in the back yard (weather permitting). Stay tuned for hints about the title of the movie!

What’s happening in SS?
Worshiping Together on Easter
On Easter Sunday, we encourage all children and youth to worship with their families as part of their Christian education. It is a great time for all of the generations to learn from each other how to worship the resurrected Christ!

What is each class exploring?
The Lower Elementary Classes (K/1st/2nd) will continue to explore the scriptures using the Whole People of God curriculum through the end of the program year. The Upper Elementary class will explore the lectionary scriptures until May and then will spend three weeks exploring and learning about prayer, specifically the Lord’s Prayer. The junior and senior high youth will continue to explore current events and will prepare for the Easter Sunrise Service.

Connecting with Christ
Spiritual Discipline –
Fasting The spiritual discipline of fasting can be an opportunity for spiritual growth. At the heart of fasting as a spiritual discipline is the need to remove the things that distract us and pull us away from God. For many people, me included, food is one of those distractions, so I invite you to join me in a day of fasting from food during Holy Week. We will start fasting following the Holy Thursday service on 4/13 and break the fast together at a special Good Friday meatless dinner at 6:30pm on 4/14 (to which the whole church community is invited). For those participating, information will be provided about fasting practices and encouragements given out during our fasting day. In addition, there are adaptions to fasting that can be made if you have special health requirements or if children/youth want to participate. Please contact me by April 9th if you would like to join me
in this fasting spiritual discipline! - Sarah
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 hjohns24@csc.com
978-320-4090 978-251-8587

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