March News for Children, Youth,
and their parents:
Lent is here, and even kids have the opportunity to slow their lives down. This is a time of year to wonder about the patterns in our lives, to simplify things, and to focus on what's most important. Adding a positive discipline can be a wonderful thing, such as putting money in a mite box every day and saying a prayer for the children of Glorious Orphanage in Tanzania. We have a wonderful relationship with Glorious, and our Lenten collection from the mite boxes is greatly appreciated! This year our money will go towards teachers' salaries and meals for the kids, as there has been a drought in the region and costs have gone up! Please take a look at their beautiful website:
Please take home a mite box this Lent if you haven't already!
Sunday School classes for K- 5 will meet each Sunday in March, and for Middle School will meet March 5 and 19. Middle Schoolers will be volunteering this month for the first time at the Norwood Food Pantry on Sat. March 4.
High School class meets Sunday, March 12, and Confirmation class will meet on March 19. There are two opportunities for service this month: serving supper at Oasis on Monday, March 13, or at Epiphany School on Monday, March 20. Please let me know if you can help!
Here's a wonderful website to check out:
“St. John's is a nurturing faith community in which young people come to understand, accept, and live their Christian faith as they mature from childhood through adolescence. To help young people develop a relationship with God and live faithfully in the world, we study scripture, nourish spiritual growth through prayer and worship, and encourage active participation in outreach.”
Minister of Children & Youth
Many of our High School Youth participate annually in the CityReach program, based at Ecclesia Ministries, in Boston. At this age-level, we connect Scripture to the world around us, deepen our prayer lives, and integrate fully into different areas of parish life. High school Church School class meets once a month. Varied outreach opportunities enable this age group to focus on living into our role as disciples. A Confirmation Preparation class is held for youth in grades 9 and 10, in alternate years.
Church School classes at this level meet twice a month, with students and their teachers joining families and friends at the time of the Peace so that they may receive Holy Eucharist. Youth in this age group are encouraged to begin participating as worship assistants (readers, acolytes, prayer leaders) during the 10:00 a.m. service on Sundays.
Weekly classes are offered for children age 4 and older, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays. Children and their teachers join their families at the Peace and remain so they may receive Holy Eucharist together. A "Learning about Eucharist" instruction, to help children be comfortable when receiving Holy Eucharist, is offered several times per year.
Ellen Stryer, our Nursery Care-giver provides loving care during our 10:00 a.m. service, September through June. She is assisted each week by a middle or high school youth volunteer. During July and August, we encourage parents to bring children to worship at 10:00 a.m.
Children of all ages are always welcome, year-round, to participate in all parts of our worship services.