Sunday School

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April 26, 2015

Did you know that this week is the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day? Our elementary-aged Sunday Schoolers learned all about the founding of Earth Day in 1970, and it’s purpose. They worked hard and did a great job caring for Creation by sprucing up the flower bed right outside the office door at FBC. They decorated fish cookies for their snack afterward…yum! This Sunday we’re meeting at the church to carpool to Elkins Beach on Pleasant Lake for the culminating activity of our unit. The ice is out on the lake just in time for us to cook our own Breakfast on the Beach and share a meal just like Jesus and the disciples did. Come hungry and ready for a crazy culminating culinary experience!

April 19, 2015

Imagine learning about Bible stories and the reality of God’s amazing love and grace while cooking, dancing, playing games, and doing science projects!  We make Sunday school exciting by allowing children to explore Biblical truths by using all of their senses and a variety of activities.  First Baptist offers classes each Sunday from 10:00 – 10:50 a.m. for Preschool/Kindergarten students, Elementary-age students, and Middle and High Schoolers during the school year.

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(Pre-school) 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.

IMG_1265Sunday School (Grades 1-5) 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.

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

 

We had a great Games Station this past Sunday! Along with the fun and games, we talked about the amazing things the disciples were able to do when they listened to Jesus, and let him empower them! As disciples, sometimes we struggle to accomplish things on our own, when what we might need to do is to listen to Jesus in our lives.

Today we’re planning to honor God’s wonderful creation with some Earth Day activities! We’ll be outside sprucing up the flower beds by the office entrance, and planting some flowers for the whole congregation to enjoy as they come in and out of the building. There is a Peace Garden that Sunday Schoolers of past years put in on the other side of the building that needs the same loving care. We’ll be going back in to decorate (and EAT!) fish-shaped sugar cookies as a reward after all our hard work. If it rains, we have some indoor Earth Day projects lined up.

Sunday April 26 is our end-of-unit culminating activity: a REAL Breakfast on the Beach, just like Jesus and the disciples! We’ll be meeting at the church promptly at 10:00 and taking a field trip to Elkins to cook our breakfast on the shore of Pleasant Lake. More information will follow in next week’s Sunday School update! Miss Nancy

April 12, 2015

What a memorable morning we had celebrating Easter in Sunday School at FBC!  The Middle Schoolers joined Grades 1-5, producing an awesome video of an impromptu play about the first Easter morning.  It was complete with a life-sized empty tomb, and costumes and name tags for our characters!  We’re hoping to make the video available soon, so you can see our version of the events.

IMG_1991Miss Jan and Miss Beth had all kinds of Easter crafts and activities waiting for us afterward, including a beaded cross necklace and a lesson about the colors of Easter jelly beans.  We finished our Sunday School hour hunting for Easter eggs filled with faith-based treats, hidden throughout the sanctuary.  We saw some pretty full collecting bags out there!  If you IMG_1993were celebrating Easter elsewhere, we missed you!  We have some of the Easter items available for you to take home this Sunday.   (By the way, if your preschooler ended up with a blue percussion egg, please drop it by the church office.  Our visiting musician was missing his shaker egg by the end of the hunt )

This week we step aside from Palm Sunday and Easter, and jump back into our Breakfast on the Beach unit, where we’ve been exploring the story of Jesus appearing to the disciples on the shore after his resurrection.  Come prepared for some raucous fun and competition in the Games Station, which will be a good review of all that we’ve learned so far!

Looking ahead:
1)  April 19:  We have a special Earth Day Event — Mission Station planned.

2) April 26:  Our last Sunday of the unit, we can’t wait for a ‘grand finale’ Cooking Station, where we’ll be making our own breakfast.  Hope you can all be there, so you don’t miss any of the culinary action!

3)  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, gets 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

Also, please let Pastor Cindy know if you’re available as a VBS helper — or, for our middle and high school friends, a junior helper.

See you in  Sunday School… 

April 5, 2015 – Happy Easter!

All Sunday School classes will be offered today.
Our Meetinghouse Easter Egg Hunt will be held following the classes.

Pre – K/K  Winnie’s Classroom – Miss Pam will be celebrating the Good News of Jesus and Easter morning with the preschoolers. We have a special Easter craft and an Easter Egg Hunt scheduled.

Elementary Grades 1 – 5 Breakfast on the Beach – The Blue Room – Palm Sunday was pretty special around First Baptist Church! Thanks to all the parents who brought their kids at 9:45 for the Palm Procession around the Sanctuary at the end of the 9:00 service. The folks at that service said what a smile it brought to their faces seeing our Sunday Schoolers marching around with the palms. We then took some of our palm fronds upstairs to make beautiful palm crosses, under the direction of Jan Reney. Thanks to Carole and Dave Wood, we had an awesome Science Station where we learned more about fishermen, and even tried our hand at knotting some real nets, which are now up on our boat display. Go up and take a look!

We’re very excited about the great variety of crafts and activities lined up for Easter morning! We’ll end our Sunday School time with an egg hunt in the sanctuary. Bring a friend or two to join in our celebration of the Risen Lord!

March 29, 2015 – Palm Sunday

This past Sunday we visited the Story Station! We’ve been learning about how the disciples recognized Jesus after the resurrection, and how we can recognize the presence of Jesus EVERY day. We talked about our memories and how they become the stories of our lives. Using memory boxes and memory games, we were reminded of the importance of stories and how each of us has a story unique to us. The disciples shared the story of Jesus with others — and because of those stories, we now know about the love of Jesus in our own lives! We finished the class with a guided meditation of traveling to the beach as part of the fishing crew that was invited to breakfast with Jesus that morning. Ask your kids if they remember the song we learned: D-I-SCI-PLES!

Today we’ll be processing through the meetinghouse at 9:45 to celebrate Palm Sunday and then traveling to the Science Station to learn more about Jesus’ appearance to his disciples on the beach.

On Easter morning, we have lots of special crafts and activities planned for the Sunday School children, followed by an egg hunt in the sanctuary. We sure hope you can join us!
Miss Nancy

March 22, 2015 – Fifth Sunday in Lent

This past Sunday, Aomi Mochida, our Japanese friend from Colby-Sawyer College, showed us how children are honored in her culture on Girls’ Day and Boys’ Day. She showed us how to make sushi, and ‘piggy pancake sandwiches’ with delicious sweet red bean paste in them. We also made origami paper hats that children in Japan wear on their special days to celebrate them.

This week we start our new Lenten Unit: Breakfast at the Beach! (Please visit the classroom and see the beautiful boat pictured at the top of this page.)We’ll be talking about the Easter story and how the disciples recognized Jesus in familiar places doing familiar things after his resurrection. We’ll be focusing on the story of Jesus’ final miracle as he appeared to the disciples on the shore, telling them to fill their nets on the other side of the boat after an uneventful night of fishing, followed by breakfast on the beach. We’ll be looking for ways to meet the resurrected Jesus in our own lives, and finding the love and hope of Jesus in the faces and actions of others! Join us for a giant mural-making this week in our Art Station! Miss Nancy

March 15, 2015 – Fourth Sunday in Lent

We have had some really fun and unique winter activities in Sunday School during our Jesus and the Children unit, and we’re excited that spring will have just as many interesting and unusual things to look forward to!

This past Sunday, Aomi Mochida, our Japanese friend from Colby-Sawyer College, showed us how children are honored in her culture on Girls’ Day and Boys’ Day.  She showed us how to make sushi, and ‘piggy pancake sandwiches’ with delicious sweet red bean paste in them.  We also made origami paper hats that children in Japan wear on their special days to celebrate them.

We blessed sixteen “Sibling Satchels,” full of treats and cards for David’s House. Those will be deliveredSatchels very soon to some brothers and sisters of children receiving treatment at CHaD.

This week we start our new Lenten Unit:  Breakfast on the Beach! We’ll be talking about the Easter story Breakfast on the Beachand how the disciples recognized Jesus in familiar places doing familiar things after his resurrection.  We’ll be focusing on the story of Jesus’ final miracle as he appeared to the disciples on the shore, telling them to fill their nets on the other side of the boat after an uneventful night of fishing, followed by breakfast on the beach.  We’ll be looking for ways to meet the resurrected Jesus in our own lives, and finding the love and hope of  Jesus in the faces and actions of others!

Join us for a giant mural-making this week in our Art Station!  See you in Sunday School…

March 8, 2015 – Third Sunday in Lent

Pre – K/K Winnie’s Classroom – The preschool children gather in Winnie’s Classroom with Miss Priscilla this week to hear more stories about Jesus and his love for them. There will be popsicle crafts, story time, music and snacks.

Elementary Grades 1 – 5 Jesus and the Children – The Blue Room
Last Sunday, with the help of Miss Beth and Miss Jan we packed up ten ‘Sibling Satchels’ for David’s House with the congregation’s amazing donations…games, toys, puzzles, arts supplies and fun pads. We even made cards to go along with these bags of gifts.

Today we have a super special treat lined up! Our Jesus and the Children unit has taught us how very much Jesus loved and valued children. People in Japan celebrate Girls’ Day in March, and Boys’ Day in May to honor the children of their culture. Aomi Mochida, a Japanese student from Colby Sawyer College, will be joining us during Sunday School to tell us all about Japanese Girls’ and Boys’ Day. We’ll be preparing and sampling some Japanese food, trying our hands at origami, and learning about how children in Japan are celebrated. Kids, please come so we can officially appreciate you! See you in Sunday School! Miss Nancy

6th/7th Grade Class is Back! Come GRAPPLE with us! Upper Youth Room
Oh my! Last week we broke the ice and boy oh boy did we have a great time. We are so looking forward to seeing a full house during our official “Kick Off” this Sunday. We will be grappling with topics that lead us to Jesus. This Sunday we will ask the question: “Who Do You Think Jesus Is?” Join Miss Debbie, Miss Steph, our two college student leaders Jacintha and Susan and me upstairs for a great time of fun and learning about Jesus together. Mr. Joe

 March 1, 2015 – Second Sunday in Lent

Thank you to all of our Sunday School families who were able to get their children to church last Sunday to participate in the Gathering!  We’ve had many wonderful comments about how much our song and skit were appreciated by our church family!  For all of those who were out of town over school vacation or unable to be there, we missed you and we’ll try to do it again before the end of the school year.

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

PreK – K SPARK – Come sing, dance, create and play together around the lessons of Jesus’ love for all the children of the world.

Grades 1 – 5   POWERXPRESS: Jesus and the Children  Our Grades 1-5 Sunday School unit during January and February is Jesus and the Children. We’ll explore the ideas that:
• Young or old, we’re all children of God
• We’re all a valued part of the faith community
• Every person is someone of worth
• Children have something to teach adults!

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!

Vacation Bible School

Every summer – usually the third week of June – we invite all elementary aged children (going into grades 1 998993_10200642139910865_1790407433_nthrough 5 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 this year’s VBS !  (Thank you Ben Harrold for all your hard work on this video.)

Video Clip (click on link):  VBS 2013 Babylon