CE Update

Hello everyone!
from Mary Maleski, Christian Education Director

This our first CE (Christian Education) update. There is a lot going on and I’m sure knowing the details will be appreciated. It is important for you to read to the end – to be prepared for Sunday school this week.

Please know that information may also be found in Connections and in Presby Press.

If you have not picked up your CE Calendar for Sunday school, be sure to see me on Sunday. The calendar covers important information for September through December. We are doing things differently this year and it will be important for you to know when Sunday school is scheduled, when there is a family event and when there is an Interactive Sunday.

This year the theme throughout the life of the church is “Who is My Neighbor?”

In Sunday school we will look at stories in the Bible of people who have had to leave everything and move to a new place. Can you imagine?!? People today have to do this for a variety of reasons; new job, new start, to be closer to family, or to escape a bad situation. In understanding and being kind to our neighbors it helps us to understand what it means for someone to be “new” in a “new place.”

In Kids Club we will wonder about this theme and how it relates to how God wants us to be in good relationship with him and with others. On Wednesday, September 19th, we will look at images of God found in the Bible and what we can learn from them.

Youth Group this week will gather and have fun as we begin a new year! We will explore what it looks like to live into the world as Children of God and Disciples of Christ throughout the year.


Sunday School

September 16th, 9:15 am

Our story this week is found in
Genesis 12:1-5

The LORD said to Abram, “Leave your land, your family, and your father’s household for the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation and will bless you. I will make you respected, and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you, those who curse you I will curse; all the families of the earth will be blessed because of you.”

We are asking the children/youth to consider what that would mean for them, if they were asked with no time to spare to move. How they would prepare, what would they pack and what would it feel like to leave the place they call home. Consider what it would feel like to not know where your next meal would come from, how you would bathe, where you would wash your clothes, if you would have electricity or internet… or even a TV. What problems do you think you might run into? This is a reality for some as refugees, victims of natural disasters, or who for other circumstances are forced to leave their homes.

This week’s assignment is to empty your book bag and repack it with what you would take with you if God commanded you, like Abram and Sarai, to pack up and move. Don’t forget you will need clothes, something for entertainment that does not use electricity or internet, and above all you are going to have to carry it on your back.

You do not need to bring your packed bag to church. Take a picture or make a list of what you packed to share in class on Sunday.

We are also asking the children to try to live with these items only for 1-2 days… no ipads or TV. How hard is it? For our pre-Confirmation class how do you do your homework. Parents, try having them go to the library to use free internet. I would like this group to journal about how they felt.

As you can see there is a lot to think about. I look forward to hearing all about your experience on Sunday.

Also a reminder: If you have not registered for Kids Club yet – please do so!
Spaces are limited.


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