Backpack Blessing at 10am
It's time to bless our students and teachers as they begin a new school year. Be sure to bring your kids that day, as they will be invited forward (with their school bags!) to be honored, encouraged, blessed, and reminded that they are supported by this church community. Each child will receive a token of that love to take home. This is a great opportunity to invite your friends and their children. In a season that is clouded by the heaviness of scary events, your neighbors may appreciate a moment of sacred care for their little ones.
Connect: Immigration Discussion at 3pm
Child Care provided for up to 5th Grade!
Did you know there is child care for all of our Connect series? We've worked hard to provide it, but it hasn't been used much! If child care is your barrier to participating in these important adult discussions, please RSVP to the church office (or me) about ages of kids you plan to bring.
Next Moms' Gathering
Saturday September 28, 9:30-11:30am
at home of Alma Obregon
Join other moms from St. Paul's for warm drinks and light treats as we open our hearts to each other about the challenges and joys of parenting.
News from the Pews
Church School in August
For August, we are continuing with our theme of "Ecojustice" for Church School lessons.
Kids will continue to gather on the lawn by the brick planter and be walked over to the garden pavilion area at about 10:05am. If you arrive later, please walk your kids over to the garden area. We're having a great time out there - I hope you'll join us! Apply sunscreen before you come, to be safe!
Fall Church School Session Begins 9/15
Children will begin meeting in Adult Ed (behind the Parish Hall) while Parish Hall construction continues. They'll resume being split into two groups (Primary Group - age 4 through 2nd grade, and Intermediate group - grade 3-5)
Assistants Needed for Church School
Kids age 6th grade and up are encouraged to apply to become an assistant for their younger compatriots. See me! (Cassie)
Anchored Families: Parenting Resources
Back to School Ritual*
Heading off to school on the first day can be daunting for parent and child alike, as there are so many questions in one's mind. "What will the new year be like?" "Will I like my teacher?" "Will my child be happy?" This is a yearly tradition involving making a copy of your child's footprints on the first day of school and saying a simple prayer for the year to come. Even if you've already started school recently, it's not too late to do this!
Designed for Ages Preschool through Senior in High School
1. Construction paper
2. Washable tempera paint
3. Wide paintbrush
4. Shallow pan of soapy water
5. Washcloths and towels
Time Investment: 30 minutes
1. On the night before or the morning of the first day of school, paint the bottom of your child's feet with a wide paintbrush and ask him or her to step on a piece of construction paper. As he or she does, say, "Your feet remind us of the journey you will take this year at school. I know that you will learn so many new things and go to so many new places. I hope that you will go with courage and strength and know that God goes with you too."
2. Before the child steps off the construction paper, say this short prayer: "God, please be with [child's name] as s/he heads off on his/her first day of school. May the year be full of new experiences and knowledge, and may s/he walk in light and truth every day. Amen."
3. Wash off the paint from the child's feet and head off to a new year!
Those who are coming to this tradition with older children might be tempted to skip it, thinking, "Well, we haven't done it in the past, we should just skip it." I think it's never too lated to start a new tradition, and this is an easy one to start at any time! Go ahead and start it, no matter how old your children are!
Do handprints instead of footprints.
Show the footprints from previous years and notice how the child has grown and changed.
*This practice excerpted from the book Faithful Families: Simple Practices for Daily Family Life by Traci Smith. Published by Chalice Press, 2017. Used by permission.
Be Well, in every way!