2015/2016 Sunday School Classes – 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.

May 8, 2016

We’ve begun our final unit of the year called “Making Choices.”  We’re learning about the story of Jonah and the choices he made to run from God and then to run back to God.  We are also  learning that 1) God gives us the freedom to make choices, and 2) God provides us with the strength to make healthy decisions.

This Sunday, May 8th is Mother’s Day.  Join us for our super-secret, super-special Mother’s Day project!

And June 5 is Children’s Sunday!  We will again be participating in the 9:00 Worship Service, telling the congregation about the year’s activities and sharing some of our music.  ALL ages of Sunday Schoolers will have an opportunity to participate with reading parts, songs, ushering, etc. so we really, really, REALLY hope you can all be there!

See you in Sunday School…

May 1, 2016

We finished off our Jesus Calling the Disciples unit with a Video Station last Sunday, filming interviews with members of the congregation at coffee hour.  Our interviewers did a marvelous job asking questions like:

  • When did you decide to follow Jesus?
  • Why did you decide to follow Jesus?
  • What does following Jesus mean to you?
  • What do you feel is the most important thing about being a disciple of Jesus?

Back up in the classroom, we watched some of the interviews.  People who were interviewed thought those were thought-provoking questions, and we thought they had great answers!  We spent the remainder of our class time reviewing all the things we’ve learned about being Jesus-Followers over the past several weeks, and singing our two theme songs for the unit.

IMG_4555Throughout the month of May, we move into our last unit of the year called “Making Choices.”  If you’ve been away from us for a while, this would be an excellent time to jump back into the fun!  Our study focuses on the story of Jonah and his struggles to obey God, as we learn that 1) God gives us the freedom to make choices, and 2) God provides us with the tools and techniques we need to make wise decisions.

We’ll be talking about standing up to peer pressure, keeping ourselves safe and keeping our bodies healthy as we explore how our choices affect ourselves, and others.  This week, we’ll also have a chance to watch the rest of the Coffee Hour interviews, and dig into a brand new station.

Pencil in May 8 on your calendar, because we have a super-secret, super-special Mother’s Day project planned!

And June 5 is Children’s Sunday!  We will again be participating in the 9:00 Worship Service, telling the congregation about the year’s activities and sharing some of our music.  ALL ages of Sunday Schoolers will have an opportunity to participate with reading parts, songs, ushering, etc. so we really, really, REALLY hope you can all be there!

See you in Sunday School…

April 24, 2016

We’re learning about the disciples!  Pastor Cindy joined us for our ‘opening’ last Sunday, andIMG_4523 we found out that only four of Jesus’ followers were definitely fishermen, and two dealt with money.  The Bible doesn’t really tell us about the occupations of the other six before they became fishers of men.  Did you know that the first names of the disciples can be remembered with two memory helps?  The first is STAMP for Simon, Thaddeus, Andrew, Matthew and Philip, and the second is “Toast with Peanut Butter and 4 Jellys” for Thomas, Peter, Bartholomew, James, John, Judas and James son of Alpheus.

IMG_4521We opened a dozen plastic eggs, each one containing a short biography of each disciple, and found them on our colored chart of the men who were Jesus’ students.  Our Games Station with Miss Jen and Miss Jan was a hit, as always!

This Sunday we will NOT be sharing our song at the 9:00 service, since we realized it is school vacation week for many families.  We wanted to wait until all of you could join us!

We’ll save it for our June 5 Children’s Day Program, where we’ll be celebrating our students of every age, and telling the congregation all about our Sunday School year during the Worship Service.

This week, we will be doing a special culminating activity in the Video Station for our Jesus Calls the Disciples unit by interviewing friends and members of FBC at the 10:00 coffee hour.  We will be working in small groups, asking the congregation about how they became Jesus-Followers and what it means to them to be His disciples, and filming their answers.  Please meet in Cleveland Hall at 10:00 so we can outfit you with some partners, a microphone, your interview questions, and a recording device.  Then we’ll take the videos upstairs to watch them!

See you in Sunday School…

April 17, 2016

This past Sunday we learned that a disciple is a student or a learner.  We talked about how we, as Jesus-followers, KNOW about Jesus (in our heads) and come to LOVE Jesus (in our hearts).  Both of those two things change our lives, and make us want to OBEY Jesus (with our IMG_4514hands.)  We listed lots of ways to show our love for God and for others through our actions.

Last Sunday, Miss Jan and Miss Janet introduced a “sweet” project for us in the Art Station, designing with candies.  This week we’ll be running around with Miss Jen in the Games Station, so come prepared for some raucous fun!

***Thinking ahead ***
We’re planning to share the song and sign language we’ve been learning in two weeks, at the end of the 9:00 Worship Service on April 24, so if you don’t normally attend that service, please pencil in on your calendars to arrive in Cleveland Hall by 9:40 so we can practice a bit.  Kids at the 9:00 service will proceed to Cleveland Hall before the sermon.  We will go directly to Sunday School as usual at the end of the service.

April 10, 2016

Our Sunday Schoolers have been talking about Jesus as a master coach, who formed his disciples into a team.  We learned that:

Jesus didn’t just call one disciple..he called a group of disciples

He talked to them together, prayed with them together, sent them out two-by-two to teach others, and he created lots of group learning opportunities

Each of us is an important part of the church…what we are together is more than what each of us can do alone

Jesus taught us to live and work together with other disciples.  We can’t be true disciples of Jesus and say, “I want to follow Jesus, but I want to do it all by myself.”

A huge amount of Jesus’ personal teaching, correction, encouragement, and character development is designed to come to us through a close network of other Christians

IMG_4489Our kids did an awesome job this past Sunday in the Mission Station, painting some scenery for the upcoming musical, “Makin’ Room!”  They donned their paint shirts, and rolled borders and stamped all sizes of colorful dots around the canvas backdrop that will be used as a screen for the filmed scenes, shown within the musical on April 16 at 7:00.  We hope a lot of you have the play on your calendars…it’s going to be super!

We’re also practicing a couple of songs about discipleship that we hope to share in church on April 24.

This week, we’re looking forward to some brand new activities with Miss Janet and Miss Jan in our Jesus Calling the Disciples unit.  Come join the fun and bring a friend!
See you in Sunday School…

April 3, 2016

IMG_4474We sure had a lot of excitement on Easter at FBC’s Sunday School! IMG_4477 We started out telling each other the Easter week story with our Resurrection Eggs, then went down to hunt for eggs filled with Easter treasures hidden throughout the Meeting House.  Back up in our classroom, we made some really clever letter bead bracelets and lanyards with Miss Beth, Miss Jan, and Miss Pam.

We chose an acronym from the white board to weave into our items, such as:

WWJD             Walking  With  Jesus  Daily

FROG               Fully  Rely  On  God

JOY                  Jesus – Others – You

FISH                 Faithful  In  Serving  Him

PUSH               Pray  Until  Something  Happens

GOLF               God  Offers  Love  and  Forgiveness

HOPE               He  Offers  Peace  Everyday

FAITH              For  All  I  Trust  Him

ASAP               Always  Say  A  Prayer

This Sunday we’ll continue our Jesus Calls the Disciples unit in the Missions Station, working on some scenery for the Makin’ Room play, which will bring awareness to the issues of homelessness and affordable housing.  We’ll be painting, so please wear clothes that you don’t value too highly, or bring something to put over your clothes.  We’ll try to have some paint shirts available as well.

Looking forward to being creative with you all!  Bring a friend to join the fun!

 March 27, 2016 – HAPPY EASTER!

IMG_4451 Can you imagine the cheers when the team bursts onto the football field, or the raging applause when the star of the show comes out at a concert?   Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem must have been a Bible-times equivalent of that sort of excitement.  Their king and savior had arrived in town, and people were pumped!  Our Sunday schoolers processed joyfully with palm branches at both the 9:00 and the 11:00 service, and we talked in depth about Palm Sunday and what it meant to the Jesus-Followers of the day.

IMG_4452We learned a lot in a very cool Science Station with Miss Jen and Miss Jan.  The net on our bulletin board is filling up with kids that are being ‘caught’ by Jesus!  Please stop up and see our completed story board in the Reney Room.

This week, we’ll meet in our Sunday School rooms right at 10:00 to explore the Easter story, then we’ll go to the Meeting House to hunt for eggs filled with special Easter items, and come back up to the Art Room for a fun Easter craft.

LOTS of good things to look forward to this Sunday as we celebrate the new life of Easter…we sure hope you can join us!

Special Invitation:

Dear Parents,

Easter Sunday, April 27th – In addition to our 6:15 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service, a 7:00 breakfast, a 9:00 Traditional Service, and an 11:00 Gathering, we are inviting all students, ages pre-K through grades 5 to a special Easter Sunday School hour of stories, crafts, activities, music at 10:00.  Included in the celebration is our annual Meeting House Easter egg hunt.  We will be inviting our older students, grades 6 – 12, to be our helpers that day.  Nursery care is provided.

Palm Sunday Clip Art

 

March 20, 2016 – Palm Sunday

All children are invited to join our palm procession down the aisle during the final hymn at the 9:00 service on Sunday, March 20thPlease meet in Cleveland Hall at 9:45 to receive your palm branch.

March 13, 2016 – Fifth Sunday in Lent

We have officially kicked off new unit about Jesus Calling the Disciples, which we will continue to explore throughout March and April.  We started learning a new song with sign language.  Ask your child if he or she can remember the signs for ‘Jesus,’ ‘work,’ or ‘follow!’

Jesus Calling the DisciplesWe heard the Bible story of Jesus calling his first followers: every-day, common fishermen, then went on to dabble in the art form of mosaics in the Art Station with Pastor Cindy, Miss Jan and Miss Pam.  Be sure to poke your head into the Reney Room to see our story board of a colorful Sea of Galilee water-front scene!

This Sunday we’ll continue ‘delving into discipleship’ in the Story Station!

See you in Sunday School…

March 6, 2016 – Fourth Sunday in Lent

IMG_4293Thank you, Miss Vicky and Miss Jan for a great Story Station last Sunday.  After a review of our Old Testament Bible Teachings of The Shema and The 10 Commandments, and our New Testament verses of the Greatest Commandment and the Beatitudes, we heard a story and each created a take-home “shadow box” of the Beatitudes to end our two-month unit.

During the months of March and April, we will dive right into a fresh study:  Jesus Calling the Disciples.  It’s the perfect time to jump back in if you’ve been away for a while.  We’ll be learning a lot about the original Jesus-followers –ordinary fishermen, as well as discovering how Jesus still calls people today to be his disciples.  We have all new scenery and bulletin boards, including a life-size dock and ‘waterfront’ so stop up and visit our classrooms.  We’re very excited about the wonderful opportunities we have lined up for our kids to get involved over the next several weeks!

This Sunday we will also celebrate our March birthdays with a special treat and a small gift from our birthday bag.  Hope all our spring babies can join us!

Rehearsals for our play, Makin’ Room began last Sunday, and will continue each Sunday (except Easter) after the Gathering from 12:30-2:00.  If you are interested in participating as a singer, a camera person, or a dancer, please let Cindy Johnson know by calling the church office ASAP.

February 28, 2016 – Third Sunday in Lent

What a great week it’s been!  We started Sunday with a fun Games Station in Sunday School with Miss Jen and Miss Jan, and many of us just got home from an amazing overnight all-church retreat at Camp Wilmot during school vacation.  People were sliding on the big hill, skating and playing hockey on the pond, warming up with a HUGE bonfire and marshmallow roasting, and creeping outside for a late-night moonlight hike.  Indoors, “kids” of all ages enjoyed lots of fun wooden games, puzzles and board games.  The potluck was delicious, as were the 11 apple pies and various other desserts to finish the night off.  If you missed it this year, put it on your calendar for next February.  It’s definitely a highlight for everyone!

This Sunday we will finish our Bible Teachings unit with a Story Station and Beatitudes project.  We sure hope you can join us for the fun and learning!

Don’t forgetMakin’ Room play rehearsals begin at 12:30 this Sunday.  We need singers, dancers, actors and film makers.  Lunch will be provided, and then we’ll jump right in!

February 21, 2016 – Second Sunday in Lent

A big THANK YOU to our Sunday Schoolers for braving the frigid weather to share about their unit, and sing/sign a song during the Combined Worship service this past Sunday.  SO many people in the congregation mentioned how much they enjoyed it, and how appreciative they were.

Thanks also to our talented students and seamstresses for sharing your work on seven beautiful lap quilts.  We already have reports of “thank you’s” and a “PLEASE tell the children how much I love and appreciate this!” from our kind delivery volunteers.

We’ll be returning to the classroom this Sunday for a super fun Games Station to reinforce all the Bible Teachings we’ve been exploring over the past few weeks.  The following week, we’ll finish the unit with a Storytelling Station.  It’s not too late to jump in – or jump back in –  on the fun and learning!

Important Reminders:
1)  We sure hope you can join us for all or part of the church’s annual Winter Retreat at Camp Wilmot on Tuesday/Wednesday, February 23-24!  It’s always a blast with lots of fun, indoors and out: hiking, sliding, games to play, songs to sing, and food to eat.  Rides are available from the church for those who would like to join us for dinner at 6:00 on Tuesday  but would prefer not to drive.  Directions to Camp Wilmot are available in the church office or by email.

2)  A spring student production of “Making Room – The Musical” –  will begin rehearsing after the Gathering on Sunday, February 28, from 12:30 – 2:00, for an April 16 show.  We need elementary and middle school actors and singers, screen actors and dancers.  Dave Chaves will be working with our singers, Cindy Johnson with our actors, and Angela Tarleton and Katelyn Glidewell with the dancers.  Contact cindyjohnson@fbcnlnh.org if you are interested in participating in some way!

 February 14, 2016 – First Sunday in Lent

Combined Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.  No Sunday School this week.

Quilts

What an amazing job our Sunday School kids did on their seven lap quilts!  The students designed them, then “tied them off” after our adult helpers sewed them together for us.  We also made some beautiful Valentine’s Day cards to go along with the quilts when they get delivered to some of our older FBC friends who can’t get to church as often as they would like.

We’ll show the quilts to the congregation this Sunday at the Combined Worship Service at 10:00, and tell a little about our Bible Teachings unit.  After the service, the quilts and cards will be available for delivery.  Names and addresses of recipients have been provided by Health Ministries, if you would like to take one to someone in his or her home, or at the Clough Center after church.

Speaking of the Combined Service this Sunday, we will be singing and signing the song that we’ve been working on, “You Shall Love the Lord Your God.”  The praise band will be accompanying us on piano, guitars, and drums, so please make an effort to be there to share this with the congregation!

We will practice in the Meeting House with the band at 9:30, so please try to come a bit early!  Moms and Dads…there is a coffee hour before the service in Cleveland Hall, so drop off the kids to practice at 9:30, and go catch a cup of coffee and some fellowship!  See you Sunday!

February 7, 2016

quilts 1We are deep into our Bible Teachings unit by now, and we’re learning so much!  This week we talked about several of the Beatitudes and what it means to be caring and merciful.  We also looked at several quilts, old and new, and discussed the history and art of quilt making.
quilts 2
Each of the students had an opportunity in the Mission Station to follow patterns to design and lay out the squares for some beautiful lap quilts.  Ask your child how they did this!  The quilt pieces went directly to six volunteer seamstresses from the church who are stitching them up as special gifts for some of our older FBC friends, who can’t get together with the rest of us very often at this point in their lives.

This Sunday, we’ll take needle-in-hand in our second week of the Mission Station, putting the finishing touches on the quilts as we tie them off.  Parish Nurse Janice Cundey has supplied us with a list of folks who are sure to be cheered by a nice warm lap quilt made by some very loving children, and we’ll be delivering those as soon as they’re completed.

Another wonderful opportunity lies in our future!  We have been learning a song about the Greatest Commandment, with sign language.  The chart is pictured below, if you’d like to have your child sing it to you.  We have been invited to share that song at the Combined Worship Service, at 10:00 on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.  Music Director Dave Chaves will be accompanying us, possibly along with a couple of the Praise Group instrumentalists.  We need ALL of our singers and sign-ers!  Please be in the Meeting House promptly at 9:45 to go over the song once before the service!

Because of the combined service and the congregational meeting that follows, there will be no Sunday School on Feb. 14, BUT we have some very special Valentine Bags for the students to enjoy that morning after they share their song!

January 31, 2016

1st – 5th GradesBiblical Teachings This week we’ll be starting our two-week Mission Station making quilts for shut-ins. Today is “design day,” then our wonderful volunteer seamstresses will sew our designs into quilts over the following week. On Feb. 7, we will finish them off during Sunday School. We sure hope you can join us for an awesome opportunity to reach out to some of our older FBC friends!

6th-7th Grades – Join the Middle Schoolers up in the Youth Room. Students will be discussing today’s sermon topic and scripture readings.

January 24, 2016

We learned a lot about the Beatitudes – and the Christian attitudes they promote! –  this past Sunday, beginning with drawing their numbers out of a container and rephrasing them one by one in terms of common language and situations .  We’re also practicing a song with sign language that we’ll share soon.

The very cool Science Station we went to with Miss Janet and Miss Jan reinforced the way that Jesus turned things ‘upside down’ for his early followers.    This week we’ll be Cooking up some fun, so we sure hope you’ll join us!

Pastor Cindy came in to tell us about an exciting event coming up in March and April:  Our own musical!  It’s called Making Room.  It will offer opportunities for film makers, stage crew, actors, singers, and dancers.  We’ll rehearse from 12:30-2:00 after the Gathering on all Sundays except Easter.  Please see the flyer below if you didn’t already get one, and be thinking about how you might want to be involved!

See you in Sunday School…

January 17, 2016

We missed seeing all of our awesome students in Sunday School last week!  The combined Worship Service and new Deacon installation was really a beautiful service.  We’re so pleased and honored that one of our fourth-graders was a junior usher.  Good job, Ben!

Love THOSE neighbors?  Those who mourn, and those who are persecuted are BLESSED?  Jesus’ teachings really turned the world as people knew it right, smack upside-down.  He gave folks a whole new viewpoint about the purpose of the Law, and what true and pure faith consists of.  Gaining new perspectives by looking at the world through a different lens is part of what we’ll be studying  this week as we jump into a brand-new Science Station.

Here’s the line-up for the rest of the Bible Teachings unit.  Sure hope you can join us for all the fun and learning ahead of us!

Jan 24        Cooking Station
Jan 31        Missions Station. — We’ll be doing a two-week project helping to make lap quilts for shut-ins.
Feb 7         Missions Station
Feb. 14      Combined Service – NO SUNDAY SCHOOL
Feb. 21      Games Station
Feb. 28      Storytelling Station

See you in Sunday School…

January 10, 2016 – No Sunday School This a.m.  –

Please join us for a Combined Worship Service @ 10:00 a.m. when we will have our new Deacons installation.

We began our study of Bible Teachings this past Sunday, briefly going over all four of the scriptures we will be focusing on:  Sunday School 132016The Shema, The Greatest Commandment, The Beatitudes, and the Ten Commandments

Deut. 6: 4-9     The Shema

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.

Matt. 22: 34-40     The Greatest Commandment

When the Pharisees heard that [Jesus] had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them [a scholar of the law] tested Him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”

He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”

Matt. 5: 3-12      The Beatitudes

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

We discovered how Jesus used the Shema as the basis of the Greatest Commandment, and we looked at our bulletin board of the Ten Commandments to point out that the first four commandments are about loving God, and the last six are about loving others.  All three Bible Teachings tie together!

In the Art Station with Miss Beth and Miss Jan we each made our own mezuzah.  Since the end of the Shema encourages us to write God’s commands on our door frames, a mezuzah (actually the Hebrew word for ‘doorpost’) is hung diagonally on the door frame of a home.  The doorpost is the symbolic dividing line between the swirl of the outside world, and the safe haven of the home.  A mezuzah contains a tightly rolled parchment with the Shema on one side, and the Hebrew word Shaddai on the back, one of the names for God.

Today, there are all kinds of mezuzat, made of ceramic, wood, metal, plastic or glass, including children’s styles with basketball uniforms, ballet
slippers and space ships, and adult styles made of beautiful pottery or fine metalwork.  We hope you can find a place for yours!


***THERE WILL BE A COMBINED WORSHIP SERVICE AT 10:00 THIS WEEK, JANUARY 10, SO THERE WILL BE NO SUNDAY SCHOOL .

We look forward to seeing everyone on Jan. 17 as we continue to learn more about Bible Teachings!

See you in Sunday School…

We began our study of Bible Teachings this past Sunday, briefly going over all four of the scriptures we will be focusing on:  The Shema, The Greatest Commandment, The Beatitudes, and the Ten Commandments

Deut. 6: 4-9     The Shema

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.

Matt. 22: 34-40     The Greatest Commandment

When the Pharisees heard that [Jesus] had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them [a scholar of the law] tested Him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”

He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”

Matt. 5: 3-12      The Beatitudes

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

We discovered how Jesus used the Shema as the basis of the Greatest Commandment, and we looked at our bulletin board of the Ten Commandments to point out that the first four commandments are about loving God, and the last six are about loving others.  All three Bible Teachings tie together!

In the Art Station with Miss Beth and Miss Jan we each made our own mezuzah.  Since the end of the Shema encourages us to write God’s commands on our door frames, a mezuzah (actually the Hebrew word for ‘doorpost’) is hung diagonally on the door frame of a home.  The doorpost is the symbolic dividing line between the swirl of the outside world, and the safe haven of the home.  A mezuzah contains a tightly rolled parchment with the Shema on one side, and the Hebrew word Shaddai on the back, one of the names for God.

Today, there are all kinds of mezuzat, made of ceramic, wood, metal, plastic or glass, including children’s styles with basketball uniforms, ballet
slippers and space ships, and adult styles made of beautiful pottery or fine metalwork.  We hope you can find a place for yours!


***THERE WILL BE A COMBINED WORSHIP SERVICE AT 10:00 THIS WEEK, JANUARY 10, SO THERE WILL BE NO SUNDAY SCHOOL .

We look forward to seeing everyone on Jan. 17 as we continue to learn more about Bible Teachings!

See you in Sunday School…

January 3, 2016

Our Las Posadas Coffee Hour was a wonderful culmination for our Journey to Bethlehem unit!  A hearty THANK YOU all of you who brought food, who were there to help organize the happenings, or who watched our program and took a tour.  Our kids did a great job reading parts, doing their Las Posadas parade, serving refreshments, and tour guiding.  Thanks to the older kids who served as our ‘devils,’ too!

This Week:  On to a new unit, Bible Teachings!  During the months of January and February, we’ll head to seven new stations to explore the Ten Commandments, The Beautitudes, The Shema (Love the Lord your God with all your heart…) , and The Great Commandment.

We’ll spend two weeks on a Mission Station designing and tying lap quilts to give away.  If there are any seamstresses or tailors out there who would be willing to machine-sew a 36-block lap quilt — 6 rows of (6) 6″squares — during the week between Jan. 31-Feb. 6, please let Nancy Allenby know at njallenby@aol.com.

The Birthday Penny boxes will be out this week!  If you have a January birthday, or would like to honor someone who does, please bring a penny for each year of the life you’re celebrating.  December and January Sunday School birthday boys and girls will also get to choose something out of the birthday bag.

Looking forward to another year with our stellar students!  See you in Sunday School!

December 27, 2015 –  No Sunday School classes this week.

December 20, 2015 CLASSROOM CLIPBOARD

We had a flurry of activities in the Sunday School rooms this past week!  After we explored the ‘gold’, and real frankincense and myrrh that the wise men dropped off for us this week, we located the wise men and angel for our nativity, and added the pink candle of JOY to our Advent wreath.

Miss Vicky and Miss Janet helped us make and package up our Christmas gifts for our families.  (If you weren’t able to join us this past week, rest assured that we have an extra for you to take home this week.)  We made beautiful Chrismon gift tags with Miss Jan and Miss Pam, wrapped our Nativity at Night paintings, and made some luminaria bags for our upcoming Las Posadas party this Sunday.  Whew!

Speaking of which, we have a VERY exciting Sunday coming up with our Las Posadas Coffee Hour!  Please make sure to arrive in Cleveland Hall no later than 9:30 this Sunday, especially if you are bringing an ingredient for the coffee hour refreshments.  If you attend the 9:00 service, there will be an opportunity for you to slip out before the sermon begins.  We have some little parts to go over and costumes to don, and we’ll be decorating the room and making and plating our food.

At 10:00, we’ll be ready to share a little impromptu play about the Las Posadas festival, serve our special foods, AND lead some tours upstairs to the Sunday School rooms so that the congregation can see what we’ve been up to over the last two months!  Hope you can all be there for all the fun of this important event!

There will be a Christmas ornament on the tree for each child to take home, as well, so please plan to take yours!

 December 13, 2015 CLASSROOM CLIPBOARD

We added the PEACE candle to our advent wreath, and found our shepherds hidden in the classroom to add to our nativity set on Sunday morning.  We also noticed that some shepherds seemed to have dropped by during the week to leave gifts of a lamb and a basket of fruit, and put a sheep skin under the baby Jesus in his manger!  We had a good discussion about the shepherds, and headed in for “Art in the  Dark.”

Our Art Station focus was the Nativity at Night.  We looked at several famous paintings of nativity night scenes, and talked about the various ways the artists “tell” us that it’s night time in the paintings.  Then we turned the lights off in a darkened room to see our own Sunday School nativity set with a spot light on it, to create our own nativity night scenes.

This coming Sunday we’ll be in the Cooking Station mixing up our ultra-secret parent gifts!

Dec. 20 is our Las Posadas Coffee Hour.  Thanks for all of the rapid responses on the food items we need for that.  We have only one thing left that we still need:  a package of soft tortillas.  Please let me know if you can bring those.  Otherwise, we’ll look forward to seeing everyone in Cleveland Hall with their ingredient no later than 9:30 on Dec. 20 so that we can decorate, make our food, and get ready for the PARTY!

December 6, 2015 CLASSROOM CLIPBOARD

Counting Our Blessings, Sharing Our Blessings.”

CLASSROOM CLIPBOARD

 Preschool and Kindergarten Join Miss Amber in Winnie’s Wonderland classroom.

1st – 5th Grades – Journey to Bethlehem –Meeting in Cleveland Hall and then head up to the Green Room on the second floor.

6th-7th Grades   The Middle School class will be meeting in the Youth Room on the second floor.

 8th-12th Grades will meet with Bill Ross across the street at the Hole in the Fence Café.

 

November 29, 2015 CLASSROOM CLIPBOARD

Our stable behind the Inn has just had animals up to now…but something very special is happening!  Mary and Joseph have arrived, and we found our small Mary and Joseph nativity figures hidden in the room to add to our tabletop scene.  As Advent begins this coming Sunday, we’ll really get further into the story of the Journey to Bethlehem!

This past Sunday we had an awesome Science Station with Miss Jan and Miss Beth, and learned a lot about collecting information for censuses, and tracked the actual mileage and possible paths that Mary and Joseph traveled to get to Bethlehem.  We talked about our own Christmas journeys and looked at those on a map as well.

This Sunday, we’re doing a very exciting project:  A Gingerbread Nativity Scene, complete with palm trees, characters, and animals.  Come get your creative juices flowing as we make marshmallow sheep, and pretzel fences and a shredded wheat roof for our stable!  This will be a centerpiece for the Las Posadas Coffee Hour that the Sunday Schoolers are hosting on Dec. 20.

Just a reminder of all of our upcoming Journey to Bethlehem projects and events:
Dec. 7:  We have a neat “Nativity at Night” painting project planned for the Art Station
Dec. 13:  We’ll be “cooking up” our own very special Christmas gifts to give to our families!
Dec. 20:  For our culminating Journey to Bethlehem activity, the Sunday School will host a Las Posadas Coffee Hour at 10:00 for the whole congregation.

***We’ll meet in Cleveland Hall at 9:30 to go over parts, and to decorate and put out all the food.

Dec. 27:  There will be no Sunday School classes.  We’ll look forward to seeing you when we gather again on January 3 with a brand new unit!

Can’t wait to see you in Sunday School…

November 22, 2015 CLASSROOM CLIPBOARD

Our Sunday school “stable in Bethlehem” is still inhabited only by animals, and we’re patiently waiting for something veryIMG_3769special…which is about to happen!

This past week we read a couple of news articles, discussing the “who, what, where, when and why” of the stories, then we applied those questions to the Christmas story. You can see the kids’ answers on the white board below.   In the Story Station, we made figures and animals for our Journey to Bethlehem story board in the Reney Room.  We hope you have a chance to come up to see it!

Come explore with us this Sunday in the Science Station, where we’ll talk about our own Christmas journeys, learn about censuses, measure the actual mileage of Mary and Joseph’s trip to Bethlehem, and more!

We’ve been really missing seeing some of you, so we hope you can be there for some of the special activities we have planned.  Please mark these on your calendar so you don’t miss any of the fun:

1)  Nov. 29:  We’ll be decorating two Gingerbread Nativity Sets with the Middle Schoolers, complete with all the candy and trimmings.  These will be table decorations on Dec. 20 (see below.)

2)  Dec. 7:  We have a neat “Nativity at Night” project planned for the Art Station

2) Dec. 13:  We’ll be “cooking up” our own very special Christmas gifts to give to our families!

3)  Dec. 20:  For our culminating Journey to Bethlehem activity, the Sunday Schoolers will host a Las Posadas Coffee Hour at 10:00 for the whole congregation.   Las Posadas means “the Inns” in SpanishIt is a 400-year-old tradition celebrated in Mexico, Guatamala, and the southwestern part of the United States. The festival lasts nine nights.  For the first 8 nights, a parade of Nativity characters, lead by Mary and Joseph, visits area houses. This is similar to our Trick-or-Treating — except, the travelers are turned away everywhere they go.  On the last night, which celebrates the birth of Jesus, they are finally invited in for a feast…which will be our coffee hour!

**We’ll meet in Cleveland Hall at 9:30 to decorate and put out all the food on Dec. 20.

See you in  Sunday School…

November 15, 2015 CLASSROOM CLIPBOARD

Preschool and Kindergarten Join Miss Pricilla in the nursery this morning for a time of singing, crafts, story and playtime. The class is using the Sparks curriculum series.

 1st – 5th Grades   Throughout November and December we’ll focus on an Advent them, Journey to Bethlehem.  It is a journey to a small town with humble people, where we will find a poor family away from home.  It’s a journey to the time when God became one of us.  We’ll become aware of the meaning and purpose of the Advent season, and we’ll learn about the prophets who foretold Christ’s coming.  Most important, we’ll continue to think about gifts as we recognize that JESUS is God’s greatest gift to all people! This week join Miss Janet and Miss Jan in the Art Station.

6th-7th Grades   Dee Doheny will be up in the classroom with the students this Sunday to continue their preparation for the Bring Your Own Box Overnight (on December 5th) and their study of homelessness. Jesus asks us to care for “the least of these.” What does this mean for us in the community and in our world. The class meets in the Youth Room upstairs.

8th-12th Grades will meet with Bill Ross across the street at the Hole in the Fence Café. All teens are invited to attend this “Off the Grounds” discussion group.

Adult Class What do you think Jesus means when he says the pure in heart “will see God”? Today’s class will focus on the Beatitude from Matthew 5:8.   Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Join Tom Coverdale (facilitator) and the rest of the class down in the Activity Room for this week’s discussion.

Women’s Group will be meeting in the Pastor’s office with Tracy Coverdale.

November 8, 2015 Pumpkin People Plaque

Did you hear that FBC’s Noah’s Ark won the town’s Pumpkin People contest in the “organizations” category?  A huge  thanks to all our creative pumpkin                                             animal makers out there!

We finished our Time, Talents and Treasures unit this past Sunday with a review of all that we learned.  Ask your kids about the interesting Station that followed, involving tasting and feeling some fresh herbs (and pickles!) and looking over some groceries, with a good discussion of which gifts we buy and which we give from our time and talents.

If you haven’t been able to be here as much as you hoped this fall, this is the perfect time to jump Bethlehem sceneback in!  Join us this week for a brand new Games Station.   We’ll begin to travel to an empty stable in Bethlehem, awaiting the birth of Jesus.  Throughout November and December we’ll focus on an Advent them, Journey to Bethlehem.  It is a journey to a small town with humble people, where we will find a poor family away from home.  It’s a journey to the time when God became one of us.  We’ll become aware of the meaning and purpose of the Advent season, and we’ll learn about the prophets who foretold Christ’s coming.  Most important, we’ll continue to think about gifts as we recognize that JESUS is God’s greatest gift to all people!

November 1, 2015

If you haven’t been up to see the “FBC’s Got Talent” bulletin board in our Sunday School rooms, please come up for a visit!  We’ve have had a great time identifying our personal God-given “specialties,” and learning how we can share those to serve God, as well as those around us.  This past Sunday, we wrote all of the qualities we see in ourselves on the white board, then came up with some awesome “Five Minute Favors” we could do for others using what we’re good at.

We then traveled to the Cooking Station where we did a craft, and decorated some Hidden Treasure Cupcakes, to remind us that God has placed some pretty special hidden treasures called gifts and talents inside of each of us, which we can use to give back to God when we share them with the world.

If you have a few minutes and want to hear something very interesting about the impact of an attitude of giving, click on the link below for Krista Tippett’s “On Being” broadcast from this past Sunday.  Adam Grant is a corporate psychologist who has just released a book called, “Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success,” which incorporates studies and case histories that suggest the benefits of an attitude of giving at work.  At 31, Grant is a father of three, and the youngest-tenured and highest rated professor at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.  Helping is at the basis of his professional credo, and he purports that giving in the workplace can lead to extreme success.  He advocates practicing generosity — what he calls making “micro-loans of our knowledge, our skills, our connections to other people” — in a way that is transformative for others, ourselves, and our places of work.  Maybe good guys really DON’T finish last!  Click on “play episode” and listen for yourself:

http://www.onbeing.org/program/adam-grant-successful-givers-toxic-takers-and-the-life-we-spend-at-work/transcript/8064

October 25, 2015 CLASSROOM CLIPBOARD

You can see by the white board below that our Sunday Schoolers were very thoughtful as they identified who helps them and contributes TIME to them throughout their day.  Maybe you were the recipient of a “Give Back Coupon” thanking you for the TIME you give a child.  If so, we hope you feel appreciated!IMG_3621

In the Games Station with Miss Jen and Miss Jan, we played some great games, such as a balloon game where we popped the balloons to find strips of paper with ideas of how we can give back to God.  Another game helped us recognize that the things we do in life, whether for school, for our family or for the church,  all take TIME.  When we don’t allow ourselves enough TIME to do something, we add pressure and stress to our lives. To be good managers of the things God has given us, we have to plan ahead and commit the TIME we need to complete what we really need and want to do.

Several of the students stayed after the Gathering to help with FBC’s Pumpkin People display:  Noah’s Ark (or should we IMG_3632say, Noah’s Kayak?) complete with pairs of pumpkin animals marching up the plank.  Stop by to see them on the front lawn of the church!

Join us this Sunday, kids, for a closer look at our Sunday School’ Talent Resumes on the FBS’s Got Talent bulletin board, plus new and exciting station!

October 18, 2015 CLASSROOM CLIPBOARD

Preschool and Kindergarten Join Miss Amber in Winnie’s Wonderland classroom for a time of singing, crafts, story and playtime. The class is using the Sparks curriculum series.

1st – 5th Grades Our fall theme is “Time, Talents and Treasures,” exploring all the wonderful ways God takes care of us and the ways we can share our blessings with others. This past Sunday we focused on how we spend our time. We also discussed ways we could use that time to give back to God. In the Science Station with Miss Beth, Miss Jan and Miss Janet we did a skit with play money and experienced the concept of giving our Time, Talent and Treasures through a science lens. This Sunday: Games Station with Miss Jen!

6th-7th Grades Dee Doheny will be leading this week’s middle school class. Last week the class made a Get to Know You Better bulletin board with photos and bios. The class this week will discuss our Spiritual Gifts and how we can share them in the church and in this world. All 6th and 7th graders are welcome to this lively hour of discussion, study and activity in the Youth Room upstairs.

8th-12th Grades will meet with Bill Ross across the street at the Hole in the Fence Café. This week’s topic: “Blessings: Best when given away.” All teens are invited to attend this “Off the Grounds” discussion group.

Adult Class Our next examination of the Beatitudes will focus on the second of eight statements made by Jesus: Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Join Mollay Jallah (facilitator) and the rest of the class down in the Activity Room for this week’s discussion.

Women’s Group will be meeting upstairs in the BWF Room with Tracy Coverdale. The group is reading and discussing 31 Days of Praise by Ruth Myers.

PUMPKIN PEOPLE AND OUR PUMPKIN FEST
Today at 12:00 in Cleveland Hall
All are invited to contribute to this year’s FBC Pumpkin Person: Noah and his Ark-full of Animals. We need your help with the menagerie – in sets of two!
Join the church family for a creative afternoon of designing this year’s Pumpkin Person, Noah and his ark-full of animals. We will meet after the Gathering on Sunday, the 18th at 12 noon to create sets of critters, assemble Noah, his ark and send them up the plank to board the ark on the front lawn of FBC. Please bring some pumpkins and/or gourds to help fill our ark!

October 11, 2015

Preschool and Kindergarten Join Miss Amber in Winnie’s Wonderland classroom for a time of singing, crafts, story and playtime. The class is using the Sparks curriculum series.

1st–5th Grades   Our fall theme is “Time, Talents and Treasures,” exploring all the wonderful ways God takes care of us, and the ways we can share our lives and blessings with others. Join Miss Nancy who is teaching us the story of the Widow’s Mite and how Jesus taught us to give. We are learning a new song called “Jesus Said: Give.” Miss Beth and Miss Jan return this week to help us learn together in the Science Station.
6t h–7th Grades Dee Doheny will be leading this week’s middle school class asking, “who am I and who does God want me to be?” All 6th and 7th graders are welcome to this lively hour of discussion, study and activity in the Youth Room upstairs.

8th–12th Grades will meet with Pastor Cindy across the street at the Hole in the Fence Café. What does it mean to be blessed? All teens are invited to attend this “Off the Grounds” discussion group.

Adult Class   Join Mollay Jallah, facilitator, and the rest of the class down in the Activity Room for this week’s discussion on the first of the Beatitudes: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:3).

Women’s Group will be meeting upstairs in the BWF Room with Lisa Glidewell. The group is reading and discussing 31 Days of Praise by Ruth Myers. The books are in! Please pick one up in class or stop by the church office for your copy.

PUMPKIN PEOPLE AND OUR PUMPKIN FEST

October 18th at 12:00 in Cleveland Hall

All are invited to contribute to this year’s FBC Pumpkin Person: Noah and his Ark-full of Animals. We need your help with the menagerie – in sets of two!

You may remember last year’s Pumpkin Moses (parting the Red Sea) last year? Or how about Pumpkin Naomi and Ruth on the front lawn? Our youth created three Pumpkin People to participate in the town-wide 2014 New London Recreation Department Pumpkin People project. We want to support the creative efforts of our FBC family and invite you to “get on board.” Please join us in Cleveland Hall at noon next Sunday, October 18th.

Reminder:  October 4 – NO SUNDAY SCHOOL  

We had an awesome week in Sunday School.  In our opening, we began to learn a song called, “Jesus Said Give.”  We talked about people being hungry for things other than food, and colored food items labeled with different qualities of time and talents that we can “bring to the table,” such as kindness, sympathy, laughter, friendship, listening, praise, attention and forgiveness.  We put those foods on the “What Do You Bring to the Table” bulletin board you see pictured below.

Miss Beth and Miss Jan had some fun activities lined up for us in the Art Station.  Since we’re focusing on the story of the Widow’s Mite, we did coin rubbings, and designed a new type of currency called ‘God Dollars’ using phrases, symbols and words that remind us that we give back to God in return for all that God has given to us.

Just a reminder:  There will be a family-friendly Combined Worship Service at 10:00 this week, so that we can focus on World Communion Sunday and Stewardship Sunday as a whole church.  This means there will be no Sunday School. 

Crop Walk follows Worship.  Gather at 12:30 at Elkins Beach to walk around Pleasant Lake with the FBC team walking to do our part to prevent world hunger!

September 27, 2015

Happy Fall, Sunday School Families!

We have some pretty awesome Sunday Schoolers.  In keeping with the whole congregation’s fall focus of “Counting Our Blessings, Sharing Our Blessings,” the Sunday School is doing a unit on Time, Talents and Treasures.  After a discussion of how uniquely we are made, the children filled out Talent Resumes, detailing what they feel we’re good at, what others tell them we’re good at, and what they have to share with others.  We learned that your kids are good at everything from building with Legos to reading, from pet care to computer coding, from sports and art to caring, and from making friends… to making pot holders!  We certainly have a variety of ways to share God’s love with the world around us!

In the Story Station with Miss Beth and Miss Jan, the older kids did a skit for the younger ones about the  Widow’s Mite , which is our main story for the unit.  They all constructed and decorated Blessing Boxes, into which they can put slips of papers listing what they’re grateful for.  Let’s help our kids keep counting those blessings, folks!

This week we’ll travel to the Art Station…

This week’s classes:

Preschool and Kindergarten Join Miss Amber in Winnie’s Wonderland classroom for a time of singing, crafts, story and playtime. The class is using the Sparks curriculum series. This week’s lesson: Creation.

1st – 5th Grades Our fall theme is “Time, Talents and Treasures,” exploring all the wonderful ways God takes care of us, and the ways we can share our lives and blessings with others. Join Miss Nancy, Miss Beth and Miss Jan for singing, crafts and a lesson. This week’s station: Storytelling.

6th-7th Grades Pastor Cindy will be leading this week’s middle school class. We will be asking: ”Who am I…Discovering who God intended me to be.” All 6th and 7th graders are welcome to this lively hour of discussion, study and activity.

8th-12th Grades will meet with Bill Ross across the street at the Hole in the Fence Café. All teens are invited to attend this “Off the Grounds” discussion group.

Adult Class meets in the Activity Room downstairs with facilitator Steve Allenby. In the weeks ahead we will be discussing “blessings” as described by Jesus in Matthew (5:3-12) and Luke (6:17-23) commonly referred to as the Beatitudes. This week we will take a look at these passages from the ‘10,000 foot level’ and try to provide some context. In future weeks we will delve more deeply into each Beatitude.

Women’s Group will be meeting upstairs in the BWF Room with Tracy Coverdale, reading together 31 Days of Praise by Ruth Myers. This group will hold their first class on October 1st. Please contact the church office if you would like a book ordered for you.

A very special thank you to the Board of Christian Education, Sunday School teachers and helpers, the Membership and Communication board members, members of the Stewardship Committee, office staff, Dave Chaves and all of the church family members who made last Sunday’s Rally Day a delightful Welcome Back event for all.

September 20, 2015 – Rally Day!  Welcome Back Celebration
9:00 a.m. Students from all grades will be participating in this service.

10:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages:

Preschool and Kindergarten – Winnie Williams’ Classroom Room (off of Cleveland Hall) with Miss Amber

1st – 5th Grades – “Time, Talents and Treasures” with Miss Nancy, Miss Beth and Miss Jan. Meet in Cleveland Hall and we’ll head upstairs together.

6th-7th Grades – Meet in the Youth Room upstairs.

8th-12th Grades – Meet at Hole in the Fence Café (across the street) with Bill Ross

Adult Class – Meet in the Downstairs Activity Room. Sermon on the Mount with facilitator Steve Allenby

Women’s Group – BWF Room (upstairs) with Tracy Coverdale.

11:00 a.m. The Gathering Service

12:00 p.m. Welcome Back BBQ in Church Parking Lot

CLASS DESCRIPTION:

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    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!