Tis the season! Every year at this time as we make our way to Thanksgiving our thoughts turn to Laurel UMC's Sunday school Christmas program. We don't have many practices scheduled, so hopefully you'll be able to squeeze us into your already jam-packed lives.
Our 2013 Christmas Program goes by the name of Christmas Morning Live! by Nancy Moore. We are looking forward to attempting some new and (hopefully) exciting things with this program, so please keep us in your prayers as we move forward! But let's get down to the info that you need:
Laurel UMC's 2013 Christmas Program Rehearsal Schedule:
*1st Practice - Saturday, Nov. 16 @ 9:30-11am
*2nd Practice - Saturday, Nov. 23 @ 9:30-11am
*3rd Practice - Sunday, Dec. 8 @ 9-10am (during Sunday school)
*DRESS REHEARSAL - Saturday, Dec. 14 @ 9:15am-12:30pm
*Christmas Program - Sunday, Dec. 15 @ 10:15am.
**Please bring your children at the regularly scheduled Sunday school time on the day of the program (9am).
We will feed the kids lunch following the Dress Rehearsal, though we will still have them ready for pick up at 12:30.
Chapel Time will also be used for rehearsal, so even if your kiddo absolutely cannot make it to rehearsals, we can get a lot accomplished on Sunday mornings as well.
Other important dates:
*Advent Wreath hand-out - Sunday, Nov. 24 during Chapel Time
*Hanging of the Greens - Saturday, Dec. 7 @ 9am. There will be activities and decorating tasks the kids can participate in, so bring the whole family out to help deck the halls of Laurel UMC!
*Christmas Tea - Saturday, Dec. 14 @ 12pm
*Caroling - Sunday, Dec. 15 @ 4:45pm This year the caroling will include a hayride to the local Care Centers where our main caroling takes place. A chili supper will follow back in the church's Fellowship Hall.
*There will be NO Sunday School on Dec. 29
With December fast approaching there are a few dates that we want you to be aware of.
First, Advent Wreaths. We'll be handing out Advent Wreaths (or candles for those of you who still have your wreaths from years past) on Sunday, Dec. 2nd. The first Sunday of Advent is Dec. 2nd.
Second, Christmas Program. 'Tis the season to set our sights toward the Christmas program. Parents, guardians, go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief, as this year's program requires virtually no memorization! (Really, go ahead and do a happy dance - I know I did). Because of that we'll rehearse during Chapel Time and only require two Saturday rehearsals (including the dress rehearsal).
Christmas Program Practice Schedule:
Third, Hanging of the Greens. Bring the family and come help decorate and prepare our church for the Christmas season on Saturday, Dec. 8th at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. From your youngest to your oldest, we will have things to for all to help with. The kids are especially invited to get the tree set up in the Fellowship Hall, followed by some crafts. We hope to see you there!
Fourth, Caroling. Join us Sunday, Dec 16th at 4:45 p.m. for Christmas Caroling to the local care centers. We will meet at UMC at 4:45 p.m. drive to The Crossings, Evergreen around 5:30 p.m. and then to Tendernest around 6:00 p.m. After caroling we will return to UMC for some hot cocoa, chili and visiting. A signup sheet will be out on the table at church. Please be sure to sign up if you are planning on attending so we can make sure there is enough food.
Incredibly it's already time to start thinking about the Christmas program. Following is a schedule for you to add to your calendars. If your child will miss a practice, please let me know. Becca's email
This year's Christmas program is scheduled for Sunday, December 18, 2011 during Worship Service (10:15 a.m.)
I'm really excited to get to work on this year's program; the kids always do such an incredible job. I appreciate all of your hard work and effort in helping your child/ren get ready. As usual, if your child has been given a speaking role, then they will need to memorize their lines. So I guess...Away we go!
Christmas Program Rehearsal Schedule:
11/13/11 Scripts will be handed out during Sunday School.
11/19/11 9:00-10:30 a.m. First Rehearsal
11/30/11 6:00-7:00 p.m. Rehearsal
12/10/11 9:00-10:00 a.m. Rehearsal
12/17/11 9:00-12:00 p.m. Dress Rehearsal - *ALL children must attend*
12/18/11 9:15 a.m. Christmas Program
Sunday School dates to be aware of:
11/20/11 Advent Wreath handout
11/27/11 We will be having Sunday School the Sunday following Thanksgiving
12/3/11 9:30 a.m. - Hanging of the Greens - there will be a tree for the children to decorate in
the church's basement, as well as crafts for them to do.
12/18/11 4:45 p.m. Caroling (Family Ministries activity) Meet at the church
12/25/11 NO SUNDAY SCHOOL, MERRY CHRISTMAS!
1/1/12 NO SUNDAY SCHOOL, HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We held a rehearsal during the Sunday School hour today and plan to do so again on 11/29. Things are coming along really well, but I've asked the kids to have their lines & all songs memorized by 12/6/09. As you're helping your child practice at home, please help them be aware of the lines around them so they know when it's their turn to speak.
A practice schedule was handed out today with a tentative practice scheduled on Wednesday, 12/9. I apologize for having gone back & forth on this, but in order to be ready for the 13th, I think it will be necessary to hold this practice. We will practice from 6:15-7:15 p.m. I'm aware some of the kids have activities on Wednesdays, but if it's at all possible for them to be at practice, please try.
For the final dress rehearsal on 12/12, please send your child either in their costume or with a change of clothes, as we will feed them lunch again. We will practice from 9:30-12:00, eating lunch from 11:30-12:00.
Here are the items we have for costumes:
Elves-Hats, shoes, & socks.
Reindeer-Antlers, black gloves for hooves
What we need from you:
Elves-Green and/or red clothing
Children of the World-Get to wear the pajamas! This can include robes & slippers.
**If you are having difficulty either finding clothing or need other assistance, please let me know as soon as possible so we can help.**
What we Still Need:
Mrs. Claus dress
An artistic somebody to help painting backdrops.
I thank you all for getting your children to practices and the help you are giving in learning their lines.
Blessings on your week,
Another great Sunday! We seem to be holding strong at about 30 kiddos each week, which is awesome! It's great to see your beautiful faces each Sunday! And can I just say...Loved your enthusiasm in Chapel Time today, kiddos! You are all such amazing, special blessings, truly!
We will be having our 2nd rehearsal on Wednesday, 11/18 from 6:15-7:15 p.m. I've been informed that several of you won't be able to make it, so we're going to have a practice during the Sunday School hour on 11/22. You'll go to your classes first for your weekly Bible story, then we'll all get together to practice!
Also, on 11/22, we will be handing Advent wreaths out to the children in Sunday School (one per family). This was a tradition when I was a child and one I'm thrilled to carry on now! I'd like to send out a special thanks to my parents, Paul & Sandy Thomae for making these fabulous wreaths for the children & families of our church.
I hope to see you Wednesday!
Love & blessings on your week,
We held our first Christmas Program Rehearsal today (11/14), things went really well, thank you kiddos (and parents) for coming out today!
Practice schedules for November will be handed out tomorrow during Sunday School. With Thanksgiving, there will be few practices for November, while we will most likely have to squish in several those 1st weeks of December. We will focus on learning our songs during chapel time each week so please bring your song sheets.
Great job today, kiddos! Thanks to the teachers for your help and to Vera, Jennie, & Kara for running the Thanksgiving dinner crafts!
See you in church!
Christmas Program Information
Last week you (hopefully) received a Christmas Program Volunteer form. After having looked over the calendar, it’s looking like we’ll be doing a combination of both Wednesday and Saturday practices. I will be getting out calendars with our practice schedule to you by 11/15.
Our 1st PRACTICE will be on Saturday, 11/14/09 from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. This is the longest practice we will have, as we will also be making centerpieces and placemats to contribute to the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, which our church is hosting. The morning will run as follows:
9:30-10:30: Program Rehearsal
10:30-11:30: Constructing the placemats and centerpieces
I plan to post weekly notices as to practices and other pertinent information on the children’s website, www.umclaurekidtalk.weebly.com under the Updates-Blog section, I will categorize them under Christmas Program.
If you have questions, your child needs to miss a rehearsal, or you need assistance in setting up a ride for your child, please either call me at 672-0207 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, in regards to Wednesdays, if you would e-mail me, catch me at church, or call me and let me know what time would work best for you I’m thinking either right after school for an hour or 6:30-7:30 p.m. to avoid dinner and hopefully bedtimes.
Thank you for your assistance and patience as we get rehearsals up and running!
Love and Blessings on your week,
Today in Sunday School parents and/or children received a Christmas Program Volunteer form. This is to inform you I made an error on that sheet. On the bottom portion requesting a response regarding which day-Wednesdays or Saturdays-would be better for your family, practice-wise actually says Wednesdays or Sundays. Clearly, that's not right. So if you could disregard that and input Saturday instead, that would be outstanding. I apologize for the confusion and my apparent lack of proofreading. Following is a copy of that form if you did not receive one.
LUMC Christmas Program Volunteer Form
I know Halloween has just passed, but already we’re looking to the Christmas Program. This year, I have chosen a program that is a bit more extensive than years past-it will run roughly 40 minutes. Because of this, we will need to have practices outside of the Sunday School hour (I don’t want to cause them to miss out on their lessons). Below, along with a list of areas we will need help with (you are not obligated to sign-up), will be an area for you to mark which day of the week would work best for your family-we’ll choose the majority-picked-day or a combination of both. Even if you are unable to volunteer, please fill out & return the bottom portion to me. I will also be asking for help from the congregation at large to help share the load. At this time I’m not sure how many practices will be needed. Thank you for your prayerful consideration!
Compiling-Sharing/Making Costumes - (See the attached list of costumes needed)
Set Design - Not a lot is needed, but someone more artistic than I would be appreciated J
Providing snacks on practice days
Kiddie Coordinating - Helping keep the kids focused and relatively organized at practices
Which day of the week would best suit your family’s schedule for practices:
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