July/August Christian Education Events
“Take Out Jesus” – Sometimes we can’t make it to church as often as we’d like, but now there is a new way to take Jesus with us. He can come along on vacation or just to get ice cream. Check out our “Take Out Jesus” kits that have a variety of items for the family to use together to build up their spiritual lives over the summer. Some of the activities include a Prayer Cube that is rolled to determine the prayer to be said, a conversation game for the entire family, a scroll of scripture & coloring pages, and last, but certainly not least, Flat Jesus. We’re encouraging all families to try out a kit and use the hashtag #fpcbhoh and #takeoutjesus when posting pictures. We’ll take a look at all the places Jesus has been with us on August 13th on Blessing of the Backpacks Sunday.
Vacation Bible School – The Green Team is happening on Saturday, July 29! We’ll have our one day VBS Blast from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.. We’ll be focusing on the Earth and how we can be good stewards of our resources. There will be music, drama, games, crafts and lots of fun! We love having a great adult-to-kid ratio, so if you’re available to help with any portion of the day, please contact Miss Adriane.
Calling all Photographers – If you have a phone that you’re snapping pics with during worship or other events, please be sure to share them with us! Our in-house photographer, Dale, does an amazing job, but it’s fun to see things from your perspective, too! Please send photos via text or email to Miss Adriane or to the church office.
Pray Ground – If you’ve been in our Narthex, you’ve noticed a new area called the “Pray Ground”. This area is designed for our young members to have a space to move and play quietly, while still being able to see and observe our worship service. The Pray Ground has a table with coloring pages, books and other soft toys. We saw it’s first use during a recent funeral, and it was very well received by the visiting families. Thank you for supporting this welcoming feature to our congregational families and visitors!
Mission Possible – On June 3 we had a great time at Laundry Day! We helped over 12 families with their laundry- carrying baskets, providing detergent, and providing quarters for wash and drying the loads of laundry. We had a nice time getting to know our neighbors and even asked them what we could pray for. We went home with happy hearts and a list of joys & prayer requests to pray over.
Our next Mission Possible Day will happen in July, coordinating with the Migrant Camp visit. We’ll put together “Take Out Jesus” boxes for the families at the Bloomdale camp. Keep watching for a date to assemble these fun kits!
Youth Group – Scavenger Hunt!! We’ll be looking for a date in July for a Scavenger Hunt with all Youth and in August, we’ll be planning a pool party. Keep watching for details!
We Meet – We had a nice time in June with an impromptu pizza & potluck night. With a small crowd, we spent time hearing about how the summer is going and making cards for the card ministry. We’ll plan another We Meet in July and in August before we resume weekly meals in September. Watch your email for details!
Camp Letters – It’s not too late to get your letters to the campers! The camp mailbox is open! Our campers get the chance to get letters from friends and family while they’re at camp. You’ll find the camp mailbox in the Fellowship Hall, along with a list of campers who would love to get mail! Just write your letters, drop them in the box and we’ll be sure they are delivered while the kids are at Camp Kirkmont!
Envelope Fundraiser – Thank you, thank you! We have gotten over the hump for our Camperships! We’ll be sending 17 students & adults to Camp Kirkmont this year!! We couldn’t have done it without you, so Thank You for helping our campers experience God’s love over the summer at church camp!
Sacred Space – It’s summer! And that means a lighter schedule for our Sacred Space time. Over the summer, we’ll be hearing some books read aloud, including “Who Counts?: 100 Sheep, 10 Coins, and 2 Sons” by Amy-Jill Levine & Sandy Eisenberg Sasso. We’ll also work together to make cards to continue our card ministry until We Meet starts up weekly in the fall.
Worship CDs – An excellent way to continue helping your child be immersed in God’s word and will is to listen to our worship service throughout the week. You can request a CD from Miss Adriane or from the church office to listen to at home or in the car. Listening to the CDs will allow your child to remember what happened on Sunday and help familiarize them with our group prayers and sung responses like the Doxology. Please see Miss Adriane if you have any questions.
Children’s Sunday – Thank you to all who help with our Christian Education program! We were able to recognize our children and Youth on Sunday, June 4 for all of their contributions to our church family’s life. It was a great day with yummy cookies and, of course, a Sundae bar! You can see photos from the day on our Facebook Page. A couple of the pictures from that day are here below.