12/3: Take Home an Advent Wreath
Join us after the 9:30am service to craft your own wreath, complete with candles and
booklet of nightly prayers, as a tool to ground your family in the spiritual
practice of preparing your hearts for this holy season.
12/17: Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
The time for planning the annual St. Paul's Christmas pageant is here! We'll have our one rehearsal after church on 12/17. Please let Cassie know as soon as you're able if you plan to be around for the pageant, and she'll let you know part-assignments. More info to come.
12/24 5pm: Christmas Pageant/Christmas Eve Service
Join us for this enchanting service which includes our annual pageant for kids.
News from the Pews
Church School Lessons in Advent
During Advent we will be using our Montessori-based curriculum called Godly Play. This is a brilliant, quiet program of storytelling that invites kids' own verbal and artistic responses.
We have a handful of extra crafts and crafty supplies for you to take home and make with your kids. Find them on the patio after church on Sundays through mid-December (or as long as supplies last).
Church School Pictures
If you have a recent school picture of your children who attend the elementary Church School class (grades Kinder through 5th), please bring one for us to post on our wall so we can celebrate our growing little community of kids.
Middle School Class
Bring your tweens! We have a growing group of insightful, lovely 6th-8th graders and a marvelous curriculum that invites reflection on our Christian tradition in relevant, meaningful ways. Bring your middle schoolers often so they can benefit from this wonderful offering during the 9:30am service.
Remember to ask the ushers in the sanctuary for the Children's Bulletins/activity sheets and crayons for those days when your kids join you in church and need some help being engaged.
Anchored Families: Parenting Resources
CREATING A MEMORY TABLE
A Ceremony Following the Death of a Loved One
Designed for ages 5+
This activity presents an opportunity to talk about death and dying and about the ways in which people are present to us after we die, although the focus should be on remembrance and life.
1. A table or piece of carpet that can be dedicated for this purpose for one or two days.
2. Candles (wax or battery-operated)
3. Items that represent the person being remembered: photos, favorite drink or food, item of clothing, item representing favorite hobbies, etc.
1. A few days ahead of time, explain to your children that you will be making a memory table (or altar - whichever word you prefer) to honor a loved one who has died. Tell them to think about what they would like to put on the table and take suggestions.
2. Gather items for the memory table. On your chosen day, arrange them on the table together as a family.
3. Light candles and place them on the table to celebrate the light the person brought to the world, and the light of their memory.
4. Talk about the significance of each item place on the table. Tell stories about the person and what you remember most about them. Take the opportunity to remember the person's personality as well as their interests. Were they kind and compassionate? Funny? Disciplined?
5. To deepen the conversation, ask questions like:
How does the person being remembered still live on in your lives? How can you honor their memory? Conclude by again celebrating their light in the world and the light of their memory.
*Excerpted from the book "Faithful Families: Simple Practices for Daily Family Life" by Traci Smith. Published by Chalice Press, 2017.
Used by permission.