2016/2017 Sunday School Classes – 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.

lehem.  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