It’s that time again! Sunday school begins at 10 am, September 10, followed by worship at 11 am. Parents are asked to please review our updated Health and Safety Guidelines. If you are new to us, please fill out our Children and Youth Registration. If you have already completed this in previous years you don’t have to do it again. But please let us know if your contact information has changed.
For questions and information on anything Christian Education related please contact Jenny Newman at Jennyrunew@gmail.com or 412-720-6392.
Nursery Care and Extended Session
Nursery care for infants and toddlers will be provided from 10 am until the conclusion of worship each week. Extended Session will be held during worship each week for children ages preschool through 3rd grade. Kids will be dismissed from worship during Passing of the Peace following the Time for Children. Jenny Newman and Extended Session staff will provide worship and prayer time, snacks, and story time.
Preschool through 5th grade class
Teachers: Katie Smith, Linda May, Meghan Jones, Gwen Harcar
This year we will be using the PC(USA) curriculum called Growing with Grace and Gratitude. The class may be divided into smaller groups by age depending on attendance.
Teachers, Jenny Newman, Joe Ashenden, and Marcus Robinson
We will use a combination of our Feasting on the Word lectionary-based curriculum and the PC(USA) Big God, Big Ideas.
Join us on Dec. 17 as our children and youth lead worship and present the annual Sunday school Christmas Pageant.
We will rehearse from 6:30 to 7 pm on Thursday, November 30, December 7 and 14. We will also use some Sunday school and extended session time to prepare as we approach the date as well. We know this is a very busy time for families. Please attend as many of the rehearsal times as you are able.
Join us after church on Sunday, Dec. 3 in the Chapel during coffee hour for Appetizers and Advent to kick off the Advent season. We will have Advent calendars, devotions, and other materials for you to take to celebrate Advent at home. We will also be decorating our Chapel Christmas tree.
Acolytes and Water Pourer
Pouring the baptismal water and lighting the Christ Candle are vital parts of our worship service. There is a sign-up sheet for Sundays in the narthex of the church for children and youth are interested in being a part of the service in this way. We will have a training for new Acolytes and Pourers after worship on September 17. Contact Jenny Newman for more information.
We have a plan! Students 7th grade older interested in confirmation will begin meeting monthly in September, starting with Pittsburgh Presbytery’s day-long confirmation retreat at Camp Crestfield on September 30. We will meet through and meet through March 2024 and confirmands will be received at the March session meeting and confirmed during the worship service on Sunday, April 7. Our tentative meeting schedule is below. All our monthly meetings will be held after church from 12:30 to 2:30 pm and lunch will be provided.
· Monthly Meetings: October 15, November 12, December 17, January 21, February 18, March 17
· Attend March Session Meeting (date TBD)
· Sunday April 7—Confirmation in worship
This year we will be joining our friends at East Liberty Presbyterian Church for our weekly youth fellowship time. Beginning September 13, youth 6th through 12th grade will meet on Wednesday at ELPC for Club One Sixteen from 4:30 to 7 pm. Dinner is provided each week at 5 pm. Jenny Newman will partner with Sarah Hackett (ELPC Director of CE and Youth) in planning and leading the weekly sessions. ELCP is located at 116 S. Highland Ave. Students will enter the church at the Highland avenue entrance and meet in the second floor parlor.
We will also continue volunteering at Hot Metal Bridge’s The Table monthly and other youth gatherings throughout the year. Please see the fall youth calendar for all the upcoming dates. Youth who will be service at Hot Metal and attending youth group at ELCP are required to complete our church’s Universal Permission form, so we have updated contact and health information. (You only have to fill it out once!)
Coffee for Sale
Friends! We have ground regular and decaf coffee from our mission partners at El Porvenir available for sale in the church office. Prices are $14 per bag for regular and $15 for decaf. Stop in the office during office hours or after church on Sundays to get some! You can also purchase coffee anytime online at www.BuildingNewHope.org
· Parents/students will be reminded to follow all guidelines in our existing General Health and Safety guidelines/policy. Parents/students will be reminded to follow all guidelines in our existing General Health and Safety guidelines/policy. Health and Safety Policy
· Completion of our registration form for children and youth will be required for all those attending Extended Session, Sunday school, and all other in-person programs. Visitors and those not in our registration system will be asked to provide contact information. Children and Youth Registration