Family & Children's Ministries

 **Mark your calendars! Christmas Pageant - “How the Grinch Found Jesus - 9AM worship on 12/17. We will be recording the pageant at 9AM worship and showing it at 10:30AM worship. It will also be on Facebook Live on our People’s Facebook page.

Workshop dates (9:15-10:15AM): 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3 & 12/19. Video workshop on 11/26.  Dress Rehearsal: Saturday, 12/16 at 10AM. Please let Emily know if your child can participate on 12/17. All preschoolers will be sheep:) Please contact Anne Staton (staton.anne@gmail.com) if your child is interested in playing an instrument or singing for the Prelude at the beginning of the service on 12/17.

Christmas Tree Blessing: During the Art workshop in the upcoming Christmas rotation, children will be creating an ornament. They will also bring home a Christmas Tree Blessing for your family to use before you decorate your tree this season. I’ve included the blessing for you to use if you put up your tree before the blessing comes home from Sunday School with your child.

 A Christmas Tree Blessing

God who created the birds in the air, the fish in the sea, the stars in the sky, and the trees in the ground, bless this tree as we decorate it and make it a joyful symbol in our home.

May its branches remind us of the shade and shelter you provide for us and for many creatures. May its trunk remind us of your strength.

May its lights bring us peace.

May we remember your gift to us this season, the gift of baby Jesus.

Amen.

Note: After decorating the tree, set up a manger scene below the tree.

This practice excerpted from the book Faithful Families: Simple Practices for Daily Family Life by Traci Smith. Published by Chalice Press, 2017. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Sue Koch