Film Showing: Pixar's "Coco"
Friday, November 1 6:30-9:00 pm
in the sanctuary of St. Paul's
WHO: Anyone, all ages! Grandparents, kids, adults, teens...
WHAT: Pizza and movie night! Pizza and popcorn provided. Bring pillows and blankets if your kids want to be cozy on the floor.
WHY: To learn from one culture's tender narrative about the eternal bond of family, preparing us for All Saints Sunday.
Rsvp to Cassie.
Saturday November 16, 9:30-11:30am
at home of Karen Meade
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.
Save the Date:
Advent Workshop and Lunch
Sunday November 24, 11am-12pm
We will prepare together for Advent by assembling Advent wreaths to take home while learning ways to prepare for the mystery of Christmas. Suggested donation: $10 per family to cover supplies and lunch.
News from the Pews
Church School in October
Children continue to gather in Adult Ed (behind the Parish Hall) while construction continues. They'll be split into two groups (Primary Group - age 4 through 2nd grade, and Intermediate group - grade 3-5), with the older group moving into the Preschool Teacher Lounge for their lesson.
Lessons in October are from Godly Play for the younger group, while the older group will begin a new series on The Lord's Prayer.
Anchored Families: Parenting Resources
Deepening Your Memories with Family/Slowing Down Time
I really like this short blog post with suggestions for adding intentionality with our families. The writer is a time-management guru that I follow and love.
All Souls Day with Kids
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/s 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 placed 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.
Be Well, in every way!