Good morning! Welcome to Laurel UMC's first virtual Sunday school class in the New Year! We decided to try something new for what is (hopefully) our final month of virtual-only Sunday schooling. Please check out the slideshow below!
Happy New Year!
As you may or may not have heard, our Bishop made the call today asking churches in our conference to suspend in-person services and gatherings through January 2021. (You can see Pastor Dolly's note and the Bishop's letter, here). While our weekly Sunday school attendance hasn't necessarily been robust (understandably so), this is still a hard thing to once again experience in our Sunday school world. However, I'm determined that we'll find a more interactive experience than what we attempted in the spring.
Here are my thoughts:
If all of our ducks manage to get in a row (sanitization stations in each classroom, adequate supplies in order to avoid cross-contamination...), we are still a go for September 13 as our first day of Sunday school for the 2020-'21 school year! Ahead of our first day, we wanted to make sure that we had everyone looped in regarding how things will roll this year.
Upon arrival, your child will check in with Ms. Becca (we'll sign them in similarly to how things have been operating for Worship services).
We will be sanitizing our classrooms and supplies regularly.
Please be sure to keep your kiddo at home should they be experiencing any symptoms or aren't feeling well, in general.
We are SO excited to be back together in person! We know things will look different this year, but we won't take for granted this time we have together.
See you soon!
I hope this letter finds you all doing well! We have certainly missed our kiddos and are excited to share that we will be returning to in-person Sunday school for the 2020-’21 school year! Our first day of Sunday school is looking to be September 13 (we’ll be in touch should anything cause us to push that date back). We know that, for some of you, meeting in person is not an option, so we’re trying to game plan for that as well. On this year’s registration forms there will be a section about your preferences, but know that we’re here to be flexible in this strange year of 2020.
Following are a few housekeeping items that we’ll need you to be aware of prior to our first day:
Please return your registration form to the church office ASAP (or reach out via email to email@example.com).
You can also register online!
Excerpted from the "Read with Me Bible an NIrV Story Bible for Children"
Hello dear ones,
Back for another check in as we prepare to approach Palm Sunday from a distance. Hopefully you've heard that we're on hold for in-person Worship through May 1 (at least), per our Bishop. That said, Pastor Dolly has officially figured out Facebook Live, so you can check LUMC's page for updates on sermon times!
As I'm sure you're all missing your routines, we are surely missing our time with the kiddos. Palm Sunday is always one of my favorites as the kids line up, ready to enter the sanctuary, joyfully waving their palms. The church did order our palms before this all began (see attachment for how you can snag some to take home for Sunday).
UMC.org has a great resource for taking kids through Holy Week (there's a lot going on between the celebrations that are Palm Sunday and Easter, and though the in-between is sad and hard, it's important to talk about). You can check that out here: https://www.umc.org/en/content/teaching-children-about-holy-week-telling-the-whole-story
Our Bible verses (4th-8th+) for this week's Sunday school lesson are Matthew 26:31-56.
Some discussion points from the lesson (most appropriate for our middle >> bigs):
• Jesus asked his disciples to stay awake with him because he was feeling sad and anxious and needed their support. But they kept falling asleep.
• How do you think Jesus felt when he found his friends sleeping?
• Have you ever really needed the support of your friends? Did you receive it? How does it feel to receive support from your friends? How does it feel when they're not able to give you the support you need?
• How can you be a supportive friend to others?
For the younger kiddos, check out this resource:
I'm hoping that everyone is hanging in there with health and sanity in tact. Please reach out if you need anything, we'll do our best to help as we can or connect you with other resources.
Now, besides just checking in, I thought I'd also put a few things out there for you while we're apart. Below, find a few things from March 22 (and March 29), as well as an overview of what's to come in April...Just in case. And, a little bit of this and that:
A few weeks ago, the kids and I went on a deep dive into verses about love during Chapel Time, I invite you to carry on that search in finding verses of hope, love, and faith.
Please send the kiddos my love. I miss seeing their faces and hearing about their week and singing our songs. Looking forward to when we meet again!
Oh, church family…You are so incredibly magical! Thank you so much for your support in getting the Fall Carnival back up and running. It was a spectacular day (in fact, I think the snow worked to our advantage), with oodles of kids and families filling our building!
Kiddos were able to test their throwing arms with the Penny Toss, Bean Bag Throw, Ring Toss, and Balloon Bust; try their luck at the Duck Pond and test their wizardry skills with the Hogwarts Challenge. Creativity flowed at the Coloring and Face Painting stations, while screams were heard from the Youth Group’s Haunted Maze. Nary a tummy was left empty thanks to a fantastically overflowing Concessions Stand.
All of this could not happen without the generosity of many. Generosity of time, heart, food, and financials. The children’s ministry is blessed beyond measure at Laurel UMC. Specifically, I’d like to thank Rebecca Love for planting the seed to bring the Carnival back into action and diving headlong into these shenanigans with me. As always, a great big thanks to our Sunday school teachers for their never-ending willingness to go along for the ride on these things, giving even more of their time. Thanks to Vera Ulschak (and friend), Linda Shelton, Sandy Western, Alex Amestoy, Mary Southworth, Lee, Christine Amestoy, and Sandy Thomae for hopping on board to man and run additional booths/games/ticket-distributing. As well as the youth who helped man booths and run the maze – you are a delight! And a HUGE thank you to Pam and Richard Figg (and all of their marvelous helping hands) for taking on the food portion of things. That is no small undertaking, and it’s much appreciated. An even BIGGER THANK YOU must go to everyone who donated food for the Carnival. Oh my goodness…We had more than enough to feed the many mouths on the 26th, with food to spare to feed the Youth Group some dinners and possibly the Sunday school kiddos on Dress Rehearsal day.
Truly, an embarrassment of riches, is this congregation. To quote Bette Midler, you are the wind beneath my wings. Thank you all for your amazing hearts!
On Sunday, October 27, the Sunday school also held their annual Costume and Pumpkin Carving Contests. This is one of our favorite days and the kids did not disappoint in their costuming! Congratulations to Mrs. Lester’s 4th-5th Grade class on their big win in the Pumpkin Carving Contest!
And just like that, another year of VBS is behind us. What a week it was! Like a major holiday, a lot of planning and preparation go into this week, only to have it behind us in the blink of an eye (especially the disassembling…).
We crafted, we played, we danced and sang, we journeyed through the Bible. First, it was a visit to Daniel and the Lions’ Den where the kids learned to Go Beyond with FAITH. Next, we were introduced to Queen Esther whom the kids got to witness taking a stand and learned to Go Beyond with BOLDNESS! We journeyed on to the New Testament for days 3 and 4, first witnessing the Good Samaritan helping a Fellow Traveler, learning to Go Beyond with KINDNESS. We wrapped up our week with Jesus Comforting Friends on the way to Emmaus, where we learned to Go Beyond with THANKFULNESS and HOPE.
We talked a lot about doing the right thing even when no one is watching and especially when it is hard. We ended the week reminding the kiddos to go into this new school year boldly as themselves, to let their lights shine bright, and to not be afraid to step in if they see something that’s not okay.
And do you know what else we did? We ate! Thank you so much for your generous donations of food! We put a call out early in the week and you more than answered! And thank you to everyone who checked in throughout the week; you are so very appreciated!
This glorious week of VBS could not happen without the help of so many. First, I’d like to thank the congregation, our church family, for making it possible for us to host Vacation Bible School for not only the children of our church, but those of our community. From the purchasing of the program itself, to your donations of craft items, food, and money, we very literally couldn’t do it without your support.
Now I’d like to single out some folks who always go above and beyond in making this week happen. The Sunday before VBS (and in the weeks leading up), these folks always show up. Thank you to the Erbs, the Kellers, and Julie Lester for your hands-on (and brains-in) creativity and help in making the magic happen. A BIG thank you to AJ for creating the new puppet stand! Life will be SO much easier moving forward. And thank you to Allie, Mak, and Tommy for doing all kinds of cute creating ahead of VBS week!
And, of course, thank you to each of our youth and adult volunteers who helped keep things flowing seamlessly each day. Your gifts of time, faith, patience, and love make this week complete. You’re truly out of this world! <3
Finally, the families. Thank you for sharing your kiddos with us! We look forward to seeing many of you in Sunday school!
P.S. The kickoff for the 2019-'20 Sunday school year is September 8 at 9am!
If you can believe it, we are officially in Christmas program mode! We've had our first rehearsal and will officially be assigning roles during Chapel Time on November 12.
If your child has a speaking part, please help them to study their lines and songs. There are five unique songs included in this program (Shepherds, the Innkeeper's Wife, Barn Animals, and Stars each have unique songs, the whole cast has one unique song to learn). There will also be several traditional songs sprinkled throughout - although these are mostly being tackled by our "heavenly choir members." Song sheets, will indicate who's singing what.
Please note the rehearsal schedule for your calendars:
Dive deeper into LUMC's Sunday School happenings on this page!