Hope everyone is having a good week! DON’T FORGET TO SPRING YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD THIS WEEKEND! It is hard to believe it is already time for that again!
Kindergarten-5th grade will continue their Lenten series. They begin together in CORL 306 at 10am. After working together on a prayer practice and experiencing the bible story, we will split up into two smaller groups – K-2nd & 3rd-5th – for more activities. This is a great way to build relationships across ages!
- March 13 – Remember to Love!
- March 20 – Seeing Jesus
- March 27 – A Passover Meal
- April 3 – Jesus Dies
Preschoolers will meet in MLC 101 and will be studying these same lessons.
Join us in worship at 9am in Rejoice or 11am in the Sanctuary! Reminder:
**Nursery care is available on the first floor of the Life Center for infants, toddlers, & preschoolers during both worship services and Sunday School. Our nursery staff are all full time elementary and preschool teachers who have received our Child Protection Training. They would love to welcome your little ones to our wonderful nursery spaces!
If you are looking for a Sunday school class for yourself, join other parents in the Life Center during the Sunday School hour.
- **March 20 – The Diaper Bank has reopened their Winston Salem branch, but they are not quite fully operational, so they will be delivering some pallets of diapers to us that we will wrap ON SITE AT FPC on March 20th! We will meet in the back of the Life Center from 2-4pm. If you would like to join us, please sign up HERE so we know how many packing stations to set up! Our diaper collection is ongoing, so feel free to drop some diapers in the red wagons any time you are at FPC!
- April 10– Palm Sunday & Resurrection Egg Hunt! Families are invited to join us at 10 am on the Elm Street/Labyrinth Playground for a resurrection egg hunt. After the hunt, we’ll have some treats and fellowship. **Children are invited to join the Pal Processional in either Rejoice or Sanctuary!
- April 17– Easter Sunday –Children & Parents are invited to join us at 10am on the Elm Street/Labyrinth Playground for bells, bubbles, music, parachute games and fellowship!
- April 24 – No Sunday School for children & youth
- May 1 – 5th grade Celebration Breakfast – 10am
- May 15 – Children’s musical and preschool bibles in worship! (If you have a “rising” three year old, you will be receiving an email from me about the bible presentation.)
**SAVE THE DATE for Vacation Bible School & Summer Kids Disciple Club! August 1-4 from 9am-noon! Registration coming soon! **FPC members and volunteers will get priority registration! If you would like to help with VBS, you can sign up HERE.
LENT AT HOME
During Lent, I’ll be adding this section to the E-News to share some easy ways you can experience Lent at home with your family.
Don’t forget about the “Favorite Things Box” project I share last week! Also, see the attachment.
For this week, I want to focus on family prayer practices. If you already have a routine family prayer time, that’s great! Keep it up! If not, consider trying one of these options:
- Have you ever tried PRAYER CUBES? These are an easy, fun way to let kids choose and recite prayers. THIS ONE has some standard prayers (such as the Serenity prayer). THIS SET has a cube for mealtime and one for bedtime! THIS ONE is not exactly a prayer cube, but would be a great faith-based conversation starter!
- Make a prayer jar/box. Put it on your kitchen table, mantle, or another special place in your home. Set a routine of writing prayers and adding them to the jar weekly (or daily.) Periodically, such as a the end of each month, re-read the prayers in the jar and see how God has answered the prayers and how your prayers have changed.
- The Daily Examen is an ancient method of reflecting on your day. To do this as a family, each family member can take a turn answering these questions: 1) What is something memorable that happened today? 2) Where did you notice God today? (children may need some help with this one at first) 3) What are you grateful for today? 4) Close with prayer. Another way to do this is Faith5. This method is good for slightly older kids and incorporates a bible verse.
- Use a prayer acronym. There are lots of these!
- C.H.A.T. -confession, help, adoration, thanks
- H.E.A.R.T. -Honor God, Examine your life (i.e. confess), Ask for help, Request help for others, Thank God
- P.R.A.Y. – Praise, Repent, Ask, Yield
- T.A.C.O.S. – Thanks, Adoration/Applause, Confession, Others, Self
Other Notes and Info
In this section of last week’s E-news, I shared some suggestions and resources for talking with children about what is happening in Ukraine. If you missed it, you can still read it HERE.
Please be in touch if you have any questions or concerns!
Director of Children’s Ministry
First Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, NC