2015 Sunday School Classes – 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.

Let the little children come to me. Do not stop them,for the kingdom of God belongs to them.  Mark 10:14

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IMG_1252Pre K – K  Come sing, dance, create and play together around the lessons of Jesus’ love for all the children of the world. Children three, four and five years old have time to expand their knowledge, independence, and creativity in an atmosphere of support, respect, and encouragement while emphasizing friendship, kindness, love, sharing, helping and taking turns.  We weave simple understandings of God, prayer, and the life of Jesus into relationships with other people and the world around us— often with carefully selected picture books and a hands-on activity.

Grades 1 – 5   Sundayphoto 1 (2) School participants immerse themselves in two-month long units that focus on different Bible stories.  We begin every Sunday with song and an opening lesson about our current story.

Following the opening, students travel to a different “Station” each week to explore their Bible story in a fresh and creative way.  They may bake in the church kitchen, study a particular artist in the art room, engage in a missions project to help others, or play games that review the details of the story.    Each Station creatively reinforces the Biblical message and offers an opportunity to try new things and develop new skills.

Grades 6 – 7   GRAPPLE –  Our 6th and 7th graders have a curriculum that will be a lot of fun and interactive: where all of the students and teachers can learn, ask questions and look for answers together. They will also have a building “mission” project to work on.

Grades 8 – 12  OFF THE GROUNDS at Hole in the Fence – Grades 8 – 12
All teens are invited to join Bill Ross at 10:00 every Sunday morning at Hole in the Fence Café. This Off the Grounds classroom is designed for our youth to hang together, to discuss their world and their faith, to ask questions and share what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Coffee, mocha, cocoa and baked goods are a given!

June 14, 2015

Calling all Sunday Schoolers!  We’re very much looking forward to this Sunday’s Children’s Day Service!  Please plan to be in the sanctuary by 8:30 this Sunday to get ready for the 9:00 worship service.  We have a song to practice with tone chimes, a bell in the bell tower to learn to ring, microphones to adjust to our readers’ sizes, and ushers and book mark distributors to get ready at the doors!  If everyone is there by 8:30, we’ll have time to get all that set before the service starts.

We will have a copy of each of the reading parts there for you.  We hope you can stay after for the brunch at 10:00, when we’ll enjoy some great food, and have a chance to honor all of our teachers.

See you Sunday at 8:30!

May 31, 2015

We wore red ribbons in Sunday School to celebrate Pentacost, fifty days after Easter when we commemorate the Holy Spirit descending onto Jesus’ followers.  We read the Bible story telling of flames appearing over the disciples, who were gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish spring harvest festival.  They were able to speak in different languages, and Peter told them that this was the beginning of  a continual outpouring of the Spirit that would be available to all believers from that point on.

This dovetailed beautifully with our discussion of “Hugging Prayers” or “Crying Prayers,” when we’re sad or disappointed and we just want to climb into Jesus’ lap and have him hold us.  The children told about different situations within their families, at school, in sports or in relationships, when feeling God’s Spirit with us is a powerful and much-needed comfort!

Our talented students then made some really beautiful Prayer Posters in the Art Station, thanks to Miss Beth and Miss Jan.  The posters are displayed in the Sunday School rooms, and we hope you get a chance to slip up to see them.

This week, we’ll be enjoying the Games Station.

Be sure to pencil in Children’s Day on June 14, when our Sunday School students will be participating in the 9:00 Worship service in lots of interesting ways.  It will be followed by an all-church Brunch hosted by the Board of Christian Education to honor our students, young and old, and their fabulous teachers!

Vacation Bible School registrations are available on the church website, and a free music CD is available with your pre-registration!  http://fbcnlnh.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/VBS-Registration-Form.jpg    We’ll be going back in time each day of VBS this year — check out our Bible Blast to the Past Time Machine in Cleveland Hall!

See you in Sunday School…

May 24, 2015

We’ve been learning that Jesus talked to God a lot! His disciples were eager for Jesus to teach them to pray. As we’ve talked about this story, we’ve been learning about all kids of prayer, and we’ve decided that there are no limits on when, where, or how we can pray. This past Sunday we tried a few kinds of prayers in motion!

We began with a football prayer. We listed people or things that we thank God for, and people or things we’d like God to bless. Then we tossed a football across the room as we named off our choices to pray for.
In the Science Station, we learned that labyrinths are an ancient sacred design. They’ve have been found in different cultures and forms all over the world, with the oldest discovered on an island off Crete, on a coin dating to 3500 BC! A labyrinth can be a powerful prayer and meditation tool, quieting the mind, and drawing our attention to the heart and soul.

Our church offers a regular monthly opportunity for people to walk a beautiful room-sized labyrinth. Our parish nurse, SS and LabyrinthJanice Cundey, along with Jan Reney and Lloyd Littlefield who were each able to tell the kids about an experience they had had walking the labyrinth, arranged for the Sunday Schoolers to walk the big labyrinth!

They looked over an enlarged map of New London, and identified various people and places they could pray for, or thank God for. Each entity was written on a prayer card and placed somewhere on the labyrinth. As the children walked the labyrinth, they could stop and pray for, or give thanks for, someone or someplace in town. They also had an opportunity to write the names of people they’d like the congregation and the Prayer Group to hold up in prayer.

This week we’re continuing our unit, with another fun station and more unique activities…sure hope you can join us!
See you in Sunday School….

May 17, 2015

Grades 1-5 – We’ve been talking a lot in Sunday School about prayer, including going through the language of the Lord’s Prayer to see what Jesus taught his disciples when they asked him to teach them to pray. We found out that there are no limits on when or where we can pray, and that prayer is a conversation with God…which implies both talking to God, and listening for God’s answer.

On Mother’s Day, our moms are definitely special people we want to pray for — and thank God for! We learned more in the Story Station about Jesus’ prayer life, and his disciples learning to pray. We potted some beautiful flowers to give to our moms to show them our love.

Join us this Sunday for the Science Station and some fun with labyrinths! Also, pencil in June 14 for our all-church Children’s Sunday and Brunch. The Sunday Schoolers will be participating in the 9:00 am Worship Service that morning. Immediately following the service, all of our students and teachers will be honored at a yummy brunch hosted by the Board of Christian Education.

Registrations for our June 22-26 Blast to the Past Vacation Bible School are available on the church’s website: http://fbcnlnh.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/VBS-Registration-Form.jpg
Each family gets a free CD of the VBS music with pre-registration, so print it out and get it to the church office to reserve your spot in this week of fun! Please call the church office if you (or your teenager) are available to help out any of the mornings that week!

May 10, 2015

We had a “combination pack” last week in Sunday School as we introduced our new unit on Prayer!  We met Miss Amber for a Cooking Station in the kitchen to bake Irish soda bread for communion at the Gathering, then went upstairs while it was baking.  It was delicious, and still warm for communion!

Back in the classroom, we learned about Jesus teaching the disciples to pray using the Lord’s Prayer, focusing on the line, “Give us this day our daily bread…”  We talked about all the things that constitute “daily bread” in our lives.  Over and above the expected answers of food, clothing, and shelter, the kids came up with things that really round out our humanity, such as love, gratitude, hope, and happiness.  We talked about the importance of the word “daily”, as we practice trusting God for provision day-by-day.  One of the students noted that the “daily bread” line reminded him of God providing manna and quail to the Israelites, when they could only keep enough food for one day and had to trust that God would provide again tomorrow.  It’s sinking in, folks!

The bulletin board in the Reney Room has prints of many famous paintings of people in prayer.  We learned how to draw the human form, and we had a lot of fun as each student took a turn “posing” as one of the figures in the paintings, while the other students drew them.

We sure hope you can join us this week, when we combine a super secret Mother’s Day project with our Story Station.

May 3, 2015

Elementary Grades 1 – 5 – Upstairs Blue Room
This week, we start our final unit of the Sunday School year: Lord, Teach Us to Pray. The Bible tells us that Jesus was a man who talked to God a lot.

We’ll be focusing on the Lord’s Prayer, the special prayer Jesus taught the disciples when they were curious about how Jesus prayed. We’ll be learning a lot about prayer in general, as well. We’ll find out that there are many ways to pray, and every week, we’ll try another kind of prayer.

Grades 6 & 7 – Grapple with Faith – Meet in Upper Youth Room

Grades 8 – 12 – Off the Grounds – Meet at Hole in the Fence Cafe

Looking ahead:VBS Web Page Invite

June 22-26:  Mark your calendars for our Bible Blast to the Past Vacation Bible School, for children entering Kindergarten – entering Gr. 6.  We’ll be taking a time machine back to Bible days to learn all about the many facets of God’s love for us.  Print out a couple of extra registrations so you can invite a friend, a grandchild, or a neighbor.  Our VBS was very popular last year, so please pre-register ASAP to reserve your spot.  Each family that pre-registers will receive a free CD of the VBS music!

Registrations are available in the church office, or they can be printed from the church website:  http://fbcnlnh.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/VBS-Registration-Form.jpg

For further information on these classes, or ways you can be involved, please contact Pastor Cindy or the church office. Everyone is welcome!

Vacation Bible School

Every summer we invite all elementary aged children 998993_10200642139910865_1790407433_n(going into grades K through 6th in the fall) to join us for a week-long adventure.  Summer 2012 we “traveled” to Nazareth, Jesus’ hometown.  Our summer 2013 journey led us to Babylon to learn of Daniel’s courage in captivity.

For five days, the children experience a part of history as they hear, touch, and even taste what it was like to live in Bible times!   They explore the Marketplace shops with costumed vendors, they visit and talk to real characters from the day’s story, they participate in the Palace games, dance to lively Bible songs, and sample foods from far away.  Each day the children learn lessons about God’s love, God’s faithfulness, and how to trust in God.

DSC_0262To register your children for this free awesome Bible adventure please check our website in May or call 526-6511.

Check out this video with clips from VBS 2013!  (Thank you Ben Harrold for all your hard work on this video.)

Video Clip (click on link):  VBS 2013 Babylon