Children’s Ministry: December 2016

Christmas Ornaments for Children
Each year the younger children (pre-school through elementary ages) are encouraged to take an ornament home with them from Hope Church. This year these ornaments will be available from the tree in Commons II. These ornaments may be taken from the tree beginning December 11th. Enjoy them on your tree.

Church School
The church school children will be participating in some special Advent activities during the season. They will be responding to the wonderful stories about the coming of the Christ child.

Special schedule note: There will be no church school on December 25 or January 1.

Children in Worship
As we begin the Advent season the worship centers are changing to the color of waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. The purple cloths are being displayed, the Advent wreaths are being lit, songs of waiting are being sung and we are listening to the stories of the prophets and the angels telling of the coming of our Lord. Each week, the stories being told in each worship center are printed in the bulletin and we invite you to engage a child in conversation about their worship experience.

Children in Worship will meet each Sunday in Advent. The children will remain in the sanctuary on December 25th for the family service and on January 1st the children will meet together in Room 204.

Children’s Offering
During the Advent season the offering will be used to help with the Tree of Light gift giving. Each worship center will choose a gift request from the tree and share our blessings by fulfilling that request. Some of the children have decorated the stars on the tree, which will be used as gift tags for all the presents.

~Jocelyn Van Heest, Children’s Ministry Director