After the hustle and bustle of Halloween and trick-or-treating, families everywhere gleefully anticipate the ending of Daylight Saving Time, happily taking on that extra hour of sleep.
This year Daylight Saving Time ends in the wee hours of the morning on Nov. 3, 2013. So be sure to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday, Nov. 2 and consider changing the batteries in your smoke detectors, while you're at it.
Every year on this particular Sunday we are met with early birds who forgot to change their clocks, so be sure to take the gift of an extra hour of sleep and snooze with it! But don't forget that this Sunday, Nov. 3 in Chapel Time we'll also be revealing the winners of the kiddo's Costume Contest and the teacher's pumpkin carving contest!
Have a safe and Happy Halloween, we'll see you Sunday, bring a friend!
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For the past few years at Laurel UMC we've chosen the Sunday before Halloween and turned it into a costumed extravaganza that spills into the following Sunday. And I'm here to tell you that things are no different in 2013!
The kids are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to Sunday school (keeping it church appropriate, please!) where they will take part in a costume contest. The kids and teachers get to vote on:
*Best All Around Costume
*Most Original Costume
Prizes are awarded in each category the following Sunday.
And this year we've added a little twist to this fun-filled Sunday: The teachers will be carving pumpkins and presenting them for the kids to vote on those as well. The classroom/teacher with the most votes will get to have a party!
So, be sure to come decked out in your Halloween best this Sunday, October 27, 2013. And of course, bring a friend!
Calling all dads, grandpas, uncles, 'adopted' male figures and their kids! (Though "kids" is wide open to interpretation!) Family Ministries is sponsoring a Dad & Me Date on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.
Things will kickoff at 11am with a taco lunch at the church, followed by some 'rolling' good times bowling at Fat Cat Lanes.
In this fast-paced, busy world that we live in it's nice to slow down and spend some quality time with not just the family, but our church family as well. So, whether the "kids" are 6, 16, or 46 we invite all dads to take part in this afternoon of fun with the kids.
Since we've upped the ante on Bible verse memorization this past week, it was pointed out to me that it might be helpful to share the Bible verses so that the parents can help their kiddos earn a trip to the Treasure Chest. I'll do my best to stay on top of the verses and sharing them here in the Kid Connection.
First, the curriculum that we're currently using (Grow, Proclaim, Serve!) makes life a little easier in the land of memorizing verses because the focus is on one verse over the course of a unit. I'm considering adding bonus prize opportunities for being able to share about the previous week's story/lesson, so take the time and look over the sheets your kids are (hopefully) bringing home from Sunday school each week.
So, with no further ado, the Bible verses...
Unit 1: Sept. 8-Sept. 29
"Speak, Lord. Your servant is listening." -1 Samuel 3:9
Unit 2: Oct. 6-Oct. 29
"I will live in the Lord's house as long as I live. -Psalm 23:6
In the meantime, I'll try and drop a line about the stories the kids are exploring each week, just in case your Sunday school papers get lost in that mysterious vortex that ours do in my family.
See you in Sunday school, bring a friend!
In Sunday school land at Laurel UMC if you want to take a trip to Miss Becca's treasure chest, you must tell her last week's Bible verse.
This is all well and dandy but we've been rocking the same verse for the past few weeks, so it was time to up the ante. Given our wide-ranging ages, if the kiddos knew the verse, but not necessarily the verse (1 Samuel 3:1-21, for example) they could still take a trip to the treasure chest. However, this past Sunday (Oct. 6) we made knowing the whole enchilada a necessity. So in order to sneak a peek into the treasure chest the kids need to know the verse and the book, chapter, and verse number. We also happened to get a new verse this week, so if the kids come in knowing the whole enchilada from our previous verse plus their new verse, then they get to walk away with two treasures! Not too shabby, if I say so myself...And I do!
So, be sure to study those verses kiddos, we'll see you at Sunday school!
This past Sunday, Oct. 6, I took the kids on a field trip, showing them what's what with the various bulletin boards that we claim as our own in Sunday school land - outside the classrooms. The hope is to not only engage our parents, but to get the kids involved too.
First we wandered down the hallway and we talked about how they can support their fabulous Sunday school teachers with the Sunday School Teacher of the Month bulletin board - pictures, cards, notes...Anyone care to guess what this Sunday's Chapel Time activity is going to be?
Next we talked about things they might want to check out on our main bulletin board. And that's when the excitement level amped up about 110%.
You see, last week's Pinterest Find of the Week was the Erupting Pumpkin Experiment! We discovered this particular activity courtesy of the blog, Growing a Jeweled Rose: Learning and Loving Through Messy Play. Since we're firmly in the land of October it is the perfect time to discover just what your pumpkin can do for you, in this case it can, well, erupt...throw up, whatever. The kids were so excited by this experiment our Pinterest Find of the Week will have to be held over one more week just by popular demand. And all you need for this fun experiment is a pumpkin, baking soda, vinegar, and food coloring (see below).
Be sure to take a peek at what's new on our bulletin boards, we're taking the chance and time to make them as interactive as possible.
See you in Sunday school; bring a friend!
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