Saturday, Feb 9, at 9:30-11:30am
Family Campout Fri 5/3 - Sat 5/5
(or just join on Saturday 5/4)
Caspers Wilderness Park
Register by 4/15
Join other adventurous souls from St. Paul's and head outside for a weekend of old school tent-camping! As part of our initiative to offer antidotes to our over-screened lives, we are offering a first-ever camping excursion this Spring. The location is lush and wild, but close enough to minimize interruption to work schedules on Friday. Don't have gear? You can rent from REI, or check out this local lending website: https://www.letmeborrowthat.com/
What to expect:
- Great facilities: real bathrooms (yay!), beautiful nature center, excellent playground, rustic camp sites, hiking trails, plentiful oaks and sycamores, and beautiful views.
- Friday afternoon (check in at 2pm) to Sunday morning (check out 12pm), with option for people to just come during the day on Saturday
- Shared dinners and campfire time with group games and songs
- Nature activities for kids on 5/4, plus lots of free time to explore
- Simple, interactive outdoor worship service Sunday morning
- Far enough to "get away" but easy distance to minimize
- Please RSVP to me (Cassie) by 4/15, and consider helping to organize kids' activities, camp fire activities, or meals. Let me know if you'd like to be part of the planning to make this a memorable experience!
News from the Pews
Play time after Church
Did you know that the wonderful preschool playground is available after church on Sundays? Parents are welcome to gather in the backyard of the Rainbow Room (nursery) after the 9:30am service and let their children play in a safe, contained environment while parents get to visit with each other. Some parents have expressed concern over the wide-open church campus out front, losing track of their kids. So make use of this great resource, and enjoy the other parents while you're at it! The only request is that the playground area be cleaned up and left perfectly tidy for the preschool classes that will meet there the next morning. If you prefer to stay out front with your kids, just please ask them to stay out of the Parish Hall where there is no supervision after church.
Church School in April
We continue having our combined story time during Lent, using Godly Play to tell the story of Jesus' life as it led up to the events of Holy Week and Easter. After the story, kids split up into two groups for age-appropriate activities in response to the story. I can't stress enough how highly I think of our teachers; we are so fortunate!
Palm Sunday 4/14: Important Instructions!
On Palm Sunday, things are a bit topsy-turvy. Everyone will gather on the patio for a celebratory procession into the sanctuary. We ask that families process together in a group and be seated in the front pews, because you will be invited to have communion first (even before musicians) so that children can exit and head to class for the conclusion to the Godly Play lent series. The adults will stay put for the somber, dramatic reading of the Passion narratives, then collect their children on the patio at the conclusion of the service.
Easter Festival 4/21 10am
Bring your own Easter basket! After church that day we'll have our annual Easter Egg Roll and various playful activities for our rambunctious littles to help them revel in the big celebration. There is no church school this day, so kids will receive a goody bag to help occupy them.
Volunteers are needed for a few jobs that day:
- Someone to oversee the egg hunt for the younger group (this simply involves holding back the line until you say go, but it's an essential job!)
- Someone to man/woman a few different stations (parachute games, bubbles, egg on a spoon game - we have materials for all of these)
If you have older kids who like to help, send them my way. They can join me after communion on Easter to quickly roll out/hide the eggs (this is usually a great relief to them after a long service!) or they can help with the other activities.