For families with school-age children, this time of year brings its own special energy. We’re all looking forward with anticipation (and yet a little hesitation) as we begin a new school year.
The Christian Education Committee is excited about our upcoming programming: Second Sundays (multi-age church school, Cocoa & Conversations, Sunday morning child care) and our middle and high school youth group. We can’t wait to reconnect with old and new friends this fall!
Still, most Christian formation happens at home in the daily practices and routines of family life. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), through its Office of Christian Formation, has suggestions and ideas available at tinyurl.com/pcusa-family. The Office of Christian Formation has just received a Lilly Foundation grant which will be used to support and grow and develop its at-home ministry over the next five years. We’ve discovered that parents and caregivers are interested in gaining confidence about sharing the faith with their children and grandchildren in addition to educational and skill-building opportunities. We’ll be sharing materials and resources with you as they are available.
If you haven’t yet received a copy of Traci Smith’s book, Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home, we have one to share with you. We also have a story bible with 150 stories for ages 4–8, Growing in God’s Love. Please contact the church office or any member of the Christian Education Committee and we’ll be delighted to get one to you.
Blessings to all as we begin our school year and church program year together.
The Christian Education team facilitates programming and ministry for youth and children in addition to supporting caregivers. If you’d like to support the committee or volunteer, reach out to Jeff Bolognese, Jenny Hutton, Sharon Oaks, Laura Parkhurst, JV Virago, or Melissa Virago.