From Mandy, RE Coordinator:
Thank you for attending the Families Meeting last week after Water Communion. It was a deeply helpful and productive session. When we put our heads together, we came up with something for this new church year that will both provide structure and room to grow.
Starting in October, the new schedule for RE will look like this-
1st Sunday of the month- Fellowship for Families
During this week, young people will be encouraged to come to church, sit at the Busy Hands table if they choose, and then meet afterward for 30 minutes in two age groups- elementary and youth. Youth will be with Rev. Karen and the younger ones will go with Mandy. During this time, parents are encouraged to help themselves to coffee and some adult conversation.
2nd Sunday of the month- Youth in Session
During this week, young people will be in service until after the Time For All Ages. Then, Jocie and Elliott will escort them into a learning space to focus on the month’s theme with activites and discussion. There will be no busy hands table.
3rd Sunday of the month- Mighty Meals
This is a new monthly event that we haven’t tried before. We’re excited to invite the congregation to directly minister to families! For those who are able, we ask that you bring a dish/snack to pass among families with children, so that parents get a break after service when they don’t need to make their family’s meal. During service, the Busy Hands table will be active. After service, children are invited into the multipurpose room to eat together and play games.
4th (and 5th) Sunday of the month- Regularly Scheduled Service
There will not be a mighty meal in October, since the 3rd Sunday of the month coincides with the Reeb campout. Our first trial of this ministry will take place on the third Sunday in November.
Staff will take this time to plan for the next month.