Children’s Ministry: January 2017

Nursery News – An Invitation

We give a huge thank you to Margaret Buckley as she has staffed the nursery for most of this fall during the transition to the wonderful new nursery. The youth interns have been a wonderful help and add so much to the experience for the young children. We are asking for adults, including parents of the children to sign up to cover a couple of the Sundays a month. Adults of all ages can share their gifts with these young ones. Sign up with a friend if you would feel more comfortable. There are always youth to help with the lifting and chasing. The children love readers, laps to sit in and someone to give them special attention. Please contact Margaret Buckley or Jocelyn Van Heest if you have any questions of how you could be of service or to sign up for a Sunday morning for the worship hour. The signup sheet is in the nursery. Thanks for considering being a part of this nurturing ministry. What a great way to get to know and enjoy the youth of Hope Church and the young children and their parents.

January 8 – It’s an EPIPHANY Celebration

The church school class will share a time of preparation and celebration on this Epiphany Sunday. The children will hear stories, decorate the Epiphany cakes, and learn more about the importance of this special day.

During the 11AM worship service, the children will help with the collection of the white gifts in the sanctuary and then will meet together during Children in Worship to continue the celebration. The children will be in the Commons and their story responses will be on display. We invite the congregation to join them after the service to share some epiphany cake and see the children’s responses.

An Opportunity to Share Your Needlework Talent

For many years Kay MacKenzie has shared her skill at needlework by creating the cross stitch banners that are given to each of the children baptized at Hope Church. She has prepared and provided the material kits for some others to help with the cross stitching and then she has finished the banner by stitching in the name, sewing on the backing, and creating a beautiful hem stitched edge. She is ready and very willing to teach others to continue with this very meaningful work. The banners may be cross stitched in advance but the finishing needs to be done after the child’s name is known. There is usually at least a month advance notice. If you have an interest in sharing your gifts please contact the office or Jocelyn Van Heest. Hope Church has been blessed with Kay’s dedication to the importance of baptism and to the children of the church.

~Jocelyn Van Heest, Children’s Ministry Director