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Messages from the Children, Youth, and Family Ministry

FAMILY NIGHT, SUNDAY NOVEMBER 19 FROM 5:30-7:30 in the Parish Hall of Zabriskie Chapel. Please join us for this quasi-pot luck dinner that is always a wonderful time of food, fellowship, and fun. This is a night for all ages.  Children will have Sunday School and the adult portion of the evening will be held in the Parish Hall. All are welcome and the nursery will be opened and staffed for our youngest parishioners. For more information please contact John Hogg, Director of Children Youth and Family Ministries.

SAVE THE DATE: NOVEMBER 26:  Immanuel Church will be hosting its fantastic Advent workshop and wreath making on Sunday, Nov 26, from 12:45-3:00pm, in the Parish Hall at Zabriskie Chapel.  There will be lunch, wreath making materials and plenty of opportunities for fun, fellowship and a little learning.  Please stay tuned for more information to come. In the meantime, if you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact John Hogg, Director of Children, Youth and Families.

happy kids clipartWhat is Godly Play? This wonderful time is a liturgical program of storytelling, prayer, and reflection that is designed specifically for children 3-7 years old as an alternative to the Liturgy of the Word at the 9:00 a.m. Eucharist. This fantastic ministry is designed to help children worship and learn to know God in a developmentally-appropriate setting. Parents should bring their children to the Godly Play room and return to pick them up during the Passing of the Peace, so that they can join their families and the congregation for Communion.
Snoopy and Charlie Brown clipartSunday School is provided for children from preschool through 5th grade. Except for the third Sunday of every month when Sunday School is offered as part of Family Nights, the classes are typically held on Sunday mornings starting at 10:15 a.m. and ending at 11:00 a.m. (in time for the 11:15 a.m. Eucharist). All classes are held in classrooms on the lower level of Zabriskie Chapel, and parents are asked to pick up their children outside of their classroom. Volunteer teachers provide a loving atmosphere and fun learning activities ranging from storytelling, dramatic play, and art for the youngest children to challenging games and discussions for the 5th graders. For the curricula, we use primarily Weaving God's Promises, a three-year Episcopal curriculum for children. Children may join Sunday School on any Sunday - just show up and be ready to have fun!