“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

-Proverbs 22:6

Sunday School & YOW 2020-2021

We know that many families and children want to continue learning about their faith with others and that the Sunday School and YOW (Youth on Wednesday) programs are a big part of that journey. It was difficult for all of us when we had to call an abrupt halt to these programs in March, perhaps especially for our children and youth who were preparing for First Communion and Confirmation.

Pastor Jeff, Teresa Palumbo (YOW) and Elizabeth Crummy (Sunday School) are formulating plans which will allow these programs to continue in some capacity, while simultaneously honoring the need to continue to stay physically distant until it is safe to once again be together.

First Communion – September 26 & 27th

We have scheduled First Communion for September 26th at 5:00 p.m. and September 27th at 10:30 a.m. The rain date is the following weekend October 3-4 at the same times. We anticipate the event will take about 30-40 minutes. If those dates do not work for you, please let Elizabeth know and she can look into figuring out something else for your child.

Also, we have decided that rather than organizing a separate event for the 3rd Grade Bible Blessing, that we would do that on the same day.

Everyone needs to wear a mask –special ones are being made for First Communion children, but they should also arrive with one. The service is being filmed and parts of it included in future worship streams. If this is not OK with you, let’s brainstorm how your child can participate without being filmed. We cannot replicate the complete service, but every child will get an opportunity to have their name called and to walk in with their poster. We will still be able to have those children who volunteered to do the 1st & 2nd readings and the gospel do them. Please let me know if your child is still interested. Their readings are one of the things that will be filmed for future inclusion in a streamed service.

At Home Preparation

It has been awhile since we have been together. The best content preparation would be for you to spend some time going through the green A Place for You book and reading, discussing and doing activities together. We did not get a chance to make the banner or bake bread together, but if you would like to bake at home, contact Elizabeth for the recipe and some helpful baking hints. DO NOT bring the bread you bake, but consider saving it for future at-home communion if you watch the weekly streamed services. We will not have a rehearsal, so it would be important for you to go through the sequence of events at home with your child which was previously sent via email to all families involved.

YOW and Sunday School this Fall

Sunday School and YOW families should watch for information about what those programs will look like in 2020-2021. We are still working out the details, looking into resources and finding out the availability of our volunteers.

  • The general idea is that we would begin the year offering remote programming twice a month starting in October. It will most likely be live for YOW and recorded for Sunday School.
  • All the supplies your family will need will be provided each month and attention will be paid to how much adult involvement and facilitation is needed (with the understanding that in all things, the younger your children are, the more support they will need.)
  • We want to reduce the burden on adults to obtain supplies and become instructors as we know you are already doing a lot of that with school.
  • Our goal will be to return to in person programming as soon as we return to a full worship schedule in the church.

Our programs will be meeting less frequently and remotely so our costs will go down in some ways. At the same time, there will be some unusual expenses such as more pre-printed materials and supplies that we send home. There are no set registration fees this year, but any donations will help in covering these costs. Please register ASAP so we know how many materials we should have ready. 2020-2021 Registration Form

We appreciate your patience as we continue to plan. Please check your email, weekly e-news and Facebook for updates. For more information contact Elizabeth Crummy at familyministry@messiahchurch.com.

Sunday School Teachers

We do not meet in the summer, but Elizabeth will be sending out a few activities periodically to upcoming 4 year old through 4th grade families. If you did not receive the recent Bible Bingo activity, please contact Elizabeth at familyministry@messiahchurch.com to update your email address. We do not know what Sunday School will look like this fall, but whatever shape it takes, we will need adult teachers and youth volunteers to make it happen. We are especially in need of two 3rd grade teachers and could use one co-teacher in Kindergarten, the current teacher feels comfortable teaching alone and she hardly ever misses, but it is nice to have backup and an extra pair of hands! Please contact Elizabeth if you are interested.Elizabeth will train new teachers and provide many, many resources. You do not need to be a certified teacher to be successful teaching Sunday School. Start with your faith and desire to share it, call children to action, and the rest will come: materials, special events, classroom management skills, etc. Remember, we will be in our brand new rooms after the remodeling project is completed.

 Donations Requested 

Please consider donating your gently used toys such as a kitchen set, dolls, puzzles, pretend food for the nursery and the 3 and 4 year old Sunday School classes. Please email Elizabeth at familyministry@messiahchurch.com to let her know what you have to donate and she will let you know if, when and how we can safely collect them.