Summer has sprung! (Already!!!)
What a wonderful time of year to celebrate God’s creation! As part of their spiritual development process, young children look at the natural world to help explain their questions about how the world came to be. Through hands-on experiences, children learn about the wonderful world around them and the wonderful God who made it! At First Presbyterian Church, we’d like to provide more of those natural-world opportunities for children. We have two exciting projects coming up this summer, and we need your help to make them happen!
First, the children at First Presbyterian Church have worked very hard to help support the Community CROPS garden going in across 18th street from the church. Now, it’s almost time to get to work! We will be responsible for one plot in the garden, as well as the surrounding flower bed. Obviously, our kiddos will love taking care of the plants on Sundays, but we are looking for people throughout the week who would be able to come to the garden to water and weed. Ideally, it would be one day a week if we have enough families. Please email/call Steph to volunteer!
Second, we are beginning to make plans for developing an outdoor learning space for the kids to learn and play first-hand with natural elements. This learning space will include trees, branches, rocks, plants, and lots of recycled and reused materials. Printed below is a list of requested materials—if you happen to have any, feel free to drop them off! Also, we will need to have some people-power to set everything up. Please let Steph know if you would like to be involved in building the learning space. We are planning to have a work day on Saturday, May 26th. Thanks in advance for your willingness to help!
Children’s Music Appreciation Day
Sunday, May 13th will be our Children’s Music Appreciation Day. Ring and Sing and Kaleidoscope will both be sharing music with the 11:00 congregation that day, as well as sending a special message to their families in honor of Mother’s Day. Please plan to join us, and invite your families!
School is almost out!!! While the kids cheer, parents look for things to do with the kiddos that are inexpensive, fun and meaningful. Luckily, we have an opportunity for all of that through First Presbyterian!
Each Tuesday throughout the summer, we’d like to invite you and your family (and other friends and neighbors) to our Play! Program! This is a great way to connect with other church families in a relaxed and informal environment, as well as a wonderful way to allow our kids to learn about God’s Big Backyard. We will alternate morning/evening times each Tuesday and meet at our new outdoor learning area here at First Presbyterian. (If the weather is bad, we’ll find an indoor location like the Joyo Theatre)
No need to RSVP.
Fun and FREE!
If you would like to be involved in planning a simple craft or bringing a small snack for the kids, let Steph know!
The first playdate will be on June 5th, from 6-8pm!
Vacation Bible School planning has begun!!! This year’s theme is all about God’s UNDERWATER world. VBS will be July 8-11 (Sunday through Wednesday) from 9am-noon each day. We’ll have our final family celebration Wednesday, July 11th at 6pm in conjunction with F3.
Registration is OPEN! Go to http://overboard.
Here are some VBS planning projects that are underway:
Calling all artistic people!!!
We are very excited to turn our Fellowship Hall into a very large aquarium! We will be making props for VBS each Sunday throughout the month of June at our VBS Props Class. Join us from 9:15-10:15 in the youth room (216) to express your inner creativity and make some “fishy” creatures to be used for VBS!
**Also, if you like to do woodworking or building projects, never fear, you can build stuff for VBS! Talk to Steph for specifics!
Did you used to love doing science projects? What about always wanting to play games in P.E.? Maybe you just LOVE making name tags? Whatever your interest area, there are opportunities to use your interests and gifts to serve. Helping with VBS is a wonderful way to connect with our young people and teach them about God. We are looking for all kinds of teachers and helpers, for anything and everything! (crafts, snacks, games, skits, even science projects!) Sign up to help online at: http://overboard.
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