Throughout the year, the Education Board assists the director of Christian education with the Christmas pageant, the Pre-Lenten Pancake Breakfast, the Easter Sunday service, Christian Education Sunday, teacher recruitment and recognition, youth fund-raising events and Vacation Bible School. It meets once a month in the evenings.
The Education Board also assists the director of Christian education with the Sunday school program, which is run in two sessions and is offered to children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The board solicits individuals from the congregation to teach for one or multiple semesters.
God provides! We now have all the staff needed to run VBS! Thank you Emily Creech who will be our music leader! Mark Swihart will be our science professor and Wendy Swihart will teach the preschool group, with Emily’s assistance. Sue Hetler will be our snack leader.
We are looking for 3 actors, of any age, who will be presenting a short skit each morning and at the close of each day. As always, teen leaders are needed as well, and of course KIDS! Registration is open – go to vacationbibleschool.com/acc. Tell your friends! The dates are July 25 to 29, when we’ll be turned inside out and upside down on Main Street!
Easter Sunday is just a few weeks away! We invite you to celebrate the Easter service with your entire family as we rejoice in the Good News that Jesus is ALIVE! The children can enjoy small gift bags from the Christian Education board. Coloring pages and word searches will also be available.
New policies in place
Beginning in September, we will be instituting new policies that require any person working with the youth of our church to complete a few simple forms and allow us to do a background check. Please do not be concerned – there was no event that precipitated this new policy. Most churches have similar policies and requirements, and the Christian Education Board felt it appropriate to institute this change.
There is no longer a sign-up on the bulletin board outside of the Community Room. It seemed that was not a process that was working for anybody. If your child is of age to acolyte, he or she may be asked to do so on Sunday morning.
We are imperfect people, but God has given us the gift of being able to change things we do not like about ourselves. As parents, we have a great responsibility to show our children that God wants us to continually be changing and growing. One of the ways God wants us to grow is our faith lives. God desires a close relationship with you. Although my children are yet small, I have come to realize that the most important moments are not the BIG moments – first steps, starting elementary school, graduating from school. It seems to me the most important moments are the little ones – kissing boo-boos, reading together, laughing with one another, sharing moments of your day. And so it is with God. God wants us to turn to God in the little moments as will as the big ones. So I hope that among the things you wish to change in this new year, you will see a closer relationship with God. That is a big part of your life. You will be giving your family the gift of a life partner who is ever present, ever consistent and ever loving.
I am pleased to announce our teachers for Sunday school for the spring semester:
Pre-K/K: Mark Swihart
1st grade: Karen Terhaar
2nd-3rd: Stacy Nichols
4th - 8th: Julie Coe
Senior High: Julie Kaczor and
Steve and Shelley Coppola