Board of Christian Education News


The Board of Christian Education sponsored an outing to the Sanford Zoo on Sunday, August 17, in the afternoon!  It was planned especially for the children and youth, but all church family members were invited to attend.  We had a very nice turn out for the zoo and zip line event. Here are a few pictures from that day.



Youth Sunday – Pastor Appreciation Sunday

On October 13, the children and youth surprised  Pastor Jackpastorkids1 with a new stole that they had made during their unit on Respect.    They explained that Pastor Appreciation Day is a special day for the church family to show their love and gratefulness to the pastor for his leadership and hard work of the past year. This also commorated the start of Jack’s 5th year as our Pastor.

During their unit on Respect one activity was to cover their palm with green and blue paint then put a different color paint on each finger. They stamped their handprint around a circle four times and later put faces, hair and arms on the “fingers”.  This was about teaching our kids that there are people of different color, race and religion all over this world, but we are all the same and we need to treat everyone kindly and with respect.  While the paints were being used they each stamped their handprint on the front of a white stole.

pastorkids2Another activity was to make prayer beads. They prayed for their Pastor and Friend, Pastor Jack, asking God to give him strength and guidance and for  Suzanne, for all the church work she does and the support she gives Pastor Jack.  They prayed for the members of our church that are on committees and volunteer their time in other ways, asking God to guide them in making decisions and working for the good of the church family and they prayed for all of the members of our church family – the ones we see all the time and the ones who cannot come to worship with us. They prayed for people who are hungry and homeless, for our environment and for the leaders of the world to make the right decisions that there would be no war but instead there would be peace. And there was a bead where the prayer was that we would love one another and accept each other as the unique individuals that we are.

When the stole was assembled, the prayer beads were stitched to the bottom as fringe.  On October 13, at the end of their skit, the young people put the stole on Pastor Jack and invited him walk around and show it to the whole church family. On page 1 of this newsletter there is a photo of Pastor Jack wearing his new stole.

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This is no idle chatter.  The United Church of Christ has been bold in extending an invitation to all. For example, our historic denomination was first to ordain an African-American pastor (1785), a woman (1853), and a gay or lesbian  (1972).

We reach out through Worship, Music, Children’s Ministry, Fellowship opportunities for all, Adult Bible Studies, Missions Projects, Community and Global Outreach .

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