Children’s Ministry: May

Church School/ Children in Worship
May 21st is the last Sunday for Church School and Children in Worship. The following week, May 28, children ages 3 through those who have completed 2nd grade will be meeting together in Room 204, upstairs in the Education Wing, when they are released from the 10 a.m. service. The teachers, worship leaders and children all had a very wonderful year together.

Teacher Appreciation Reception, May 21
The Christian Education Ministry invites everyone to express appreciation to our Children in Worship leaders, Church School teachers, music leaders, and youth leaders. We hope that everyone will extend their sincere thanks to those who have taught and led our adults, youth and children with a creative, faithful and willing spirit. One way to show our thanks is to sign or write a short note on the banner that is available in the Gathering Area on the Sundays prior to the reception. Please spend a few minutes to show your support and appreciation. You will find a listing of all the Children in Worship leaders, Church School teachers, music leaders, and youth leaders and you may write a word of appreciation to them individually or as a whole. Of course you may thank them in person or send a personal note to them as well.

On Sunday, May 21, all leaders, teachers and music leaders will be recognized for their service to Hope Church during the worship service and there will be a cake reception in Commons II during Pizza Sunday where the banner will be displayed. Hope Church values our educational opportunities and we ask everyone to stay for this short reception to share in the celebration.

Prayer PALS: Prayers Always Lovingly Said
On Sunday, May 7, we will celebrate the Children’s Sabbath, a day when we as a congregation promise to nurture and pray in support of the children of Hope Church as well as those children with special concerns around the world. We want to celebrate all children on this Sunday and everyday that follows.

The congregation will have the opportunity to select names of children to support and pray for in the coming year. The names of all the children in each family will be included on the Prayer PALS sheet. We hope that this will allow each child in a family to have a similar experience with their Prayer PALS. There will be more information and ideas on how you can convey to those children how important and cherished they are by Hope Church. We will also provide cards that may be sent to the family to introduce the adult to the child(ren). Our children are an important and valuable part of our congregation as they share their joy and energy with each of us and we celebrate them. Please note: the 4th and 5th graders will take part in the 11 a.m. service.

~Jocelyn Van Heest, Children’s Ministry Director