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Parent Connection St. Marks UMC Children’s Ministry November 2009

What About Thanksgiving? I have always been one of those people who gets upset to see how early the Christmas stuff shows up in the stores. Seems like we are seeing it as early at Halloween now! I remember being so disappointed when I went into Target after Halloween, and seeing that they had moved straight into Christmas with their decorations. I wanted to scream “What about Thanksgiving!” Yet this week, I sit here in my office nearly forgetting Thanksgiving myself! I have spent so much time immersed in Christmas between details for the Christmas Extravaganza, working on the puppets scripts for it and looking ahead to Happy Birthday Jesus Sunday. I find myself needing to back peddle as I work on our special “Son’sational Sunday” event for Sunday School on November 22. After the children sing in the service, they will partake in a fun Thanksgiving program with a fun video clip, engaging games and a great Indian corn craft and delicious popcorn for snack. They are not going to want to miss this great morning! I hope your family has a blessed Thanksgiving, and takes the time to remember, it’s about more than the food, show your Thanks to God for the wonderful things He has provided in your life. I thank God for our terrific servant volunteers, and each of the children and their families involved in Children’s Ministry. Blessings to you all,

Darci

Vol. 7

Download attached PDF for the full newsletter, including: -November 22 Check-In -Christmas Extravaganza -Encouraging Year Round Gratitude

Upcoming Choir Dates: 11/22 Angels Choir @ 9 11/25 Voices 4 Christ sing at Thanksgiving Eve Service 12/13 Christmas Extravaganza

REMINDER! Sunday School Children sing 11/22 at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.

Darci Warner Children’s Ministry Director dwarner@stmarks.org

Ashlee Miller Children’s Ministry Assistant Director amiller@stmarks.org


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November 2009

SPECIAL CHECK-IN for November 22 ~Please read carefully~

Sunday School children, ages 3 years through Grade 5 will be performing to the song “Superhero” by GO FISH at both the 9 and 10:30 services. Please note the special CHECK IN PROCEEDURES for that day. For the 9 a.m. service: Children are asked to check in at 8:45. If they are in the ANGEL CHOIR they will check in and go directly to LFH. After they sing, the rest of the Sunday School children will join them on the stage. Upon completion, they will be taken to Sunday school for Son’sational Sunday Activities. Please pick them up in their normal classrooms at the conclusion of the service. All of the rest of the children, ages 3 years through Grade 5 will check in and go to the FLC. After the children sing, they will be taken to Sunday school for Son’sational Sunday Activities. Please pick them up in their normal classrooms at the conclusion of the service. For the 10:30 a.m. service: Children are asked to check in at 10:15. All children, ages 3 years through Grade 5 will check in and go to the FLC. After the children sing, they will be taken to Sunday school for Son’sational Sunday Activities. Please pick them up in their normal classrooms at the conclusion of the service. If children arrive late to Sunday School, and we have already left for the sanctuary, parents will need to wait with them until we return! If you have any questions, please ask us sooner rather than later. It is going to be a very busy morning.

Interested in being part of the Christmas Extravaganza? Families are busy in today’s society, and find them selves having to pick and choose activities. Typically our Christmas Program only involves the children who attend our Wednesday night, Kids 4 Christ programming. We want to change that! We are looking for children to serve in a living nativity, and as readers/speakers. (no memorization required-we provide the script). All ages welcome! The Christmas Extravaganza will held the afternoon of December 14. There will be a practice session Saturday morning, December 12 at 9 a.m.. If you are interested in having your child participate, please let Darci Warner know at dwarner@stmarks.org or 489-8885

Christmas Extravaganza 4 p.m. Sunday, December 13 in the sanctuary

Sit back and relax, while enjoying a great program honoring the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. Featuring: The Praise Unlimited Choir Voices 4 Christ Choir Angel choir Junior bells HIGH FIVE puppet team Cookies - Coffee - Hot Cider served after the program Treat bags for all children present


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OpenTheBook “Enter his gates with thanksgiving.… Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.” Psalm 100:4-5

God deserves our praises not just because he blesses us but because of who he is: our good, mighty, just, and loving God. Teachable Moments 1. Cornucopia of Thanks—Together, choose some items that remind your family to be thankful (an apple, a toy car, a stuffed animal, a key, a school paper). Place them in a cornucopia or basket so family members can think about God’s blessings often. 2. Thankfulness Makes “Sense”—Serve a special snack while playing soft music and using potpourri. Then have children use their five senses to notice some blessings that they usually take for granted. 3. Don’t “Leaf” Anything Out—Cut out leave shapes on colorful construction paper. Then have family members write about people or things for which they’re grateful. Tape the stems onto string to make a festive garland filled with reminders of gratefulness.

November 2009

Encourage Year-Round Gratitude November may be the month when we focus on being thankful, but that’s an attitude we can express each day. Even during tough economic times or family hardships, we all have many blessings for which to be grateful. God gives us life and takes care of us. He loves us and sent his Son, Jesus, to die for us. He puts many special people, including our children, into our lives. Let your children know you’re grateful for them—and also that they can show gratitude to you, to other people, and to God. Here are some ideas for cultivating thankfulness throughout the year: Live out your thankfulness. Gratitude is contagious. When your kids see you giving thanks in all circumstances, they’ll learn to do the same. Remember to thank your children for everything from helping around the house to helping you grow in your own faith. Highlight biblical examples of thankfulness. Scripture is full of “great gratefulness.” Hannah was grateful that God blessed her with a child (see 1 Samuel 2:1). Jesus forgave and healed many people, most of whom were thankful in return. Paul’s letters often begin and end with thankful messages, and many psalms overflow with gratitude to God. As you worship with your children, point out all the ways that God’s people give thanks. Lead children in thank-you activities. Together, brainstorm people in your community or church who’d appreciate an unexpected thank you. Then come up with creative, meaningful ways to say thanks joyfully. Children can deliver thanks with cards, a prayer, a skit, a song, or even a PowerPoint presentation. Be sure to thank kids for their enthusiasm and contributions. Most of us have so many blessings that we often take them for granted. Ask these questions to help your children consider all the ways that God meets their needs: 1. What people and things are most important or special to you? How would your life be different without them? 2. Name 10 blessings or gifts God has given you since this morning. Which ones are easiest to remember to thank him for, and why? 3. Why is it important to express gratitude to people who do nice things for us? Describe how hearing “thank you” makes you feel. 4. How often do you thank God for his blessings? What are some ways we can let him know we appreciate what he does for us?


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