Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Grace Kids Summer 411

With only a dozen or so school days left, summer is just around the corner! I wanted to share some important dates and info with you - so get out your calendars and smartphones!

On May 29, we will be having a Celebration Day at the new church property on Highway 50. This will be a casual 10:45AM service (care provided for 3-5 year olds), followed by lunch on the grounds! Check out your bulletin to see what to bring.

That means that there are only 2 more Sundays before our Summer Sundays schedule begins (more on that in a minute). Will you take a moment in the next 2 Sundays to say a special "thank you" to your children's Sunday School teachers? We have wonderful teachers who love the kids so much and put lots of time, energy, and effort into their classes each week. A note or story about something your child has learned would mean so much.

VBS is coming May 31-June 3. You (and your friends) can sign-up at www.columbiagrace.org! We are looking forward to a fun week as always! Your family won't want to miss it! VBS Sunday will be June 5 during the 2nd service. Children will sit with their families in the VBS celebration service. The nursery will be opened this hour, NO classes in the children's building. (During the 1st service, nursery and preschool classes will meet as usual with all K-5th grade children upstairs.)

June 12 will begin our Summer Sundays schedule. Nursery and preschool classes will meet as usual. All K-5th graders will meet for children's church in the chapel during the 9:15 service. 10:45 will be the Sunday School time for all elementary children. During the summer, we give our teachers the summer off to rest and re-energize. If you are willing and available to serve in a class for one or two Sundays during the summer, let me know and we'll get you plugged into the fun! (Yes, I already have some of you on "my list"!)

Camp dates are as follows:
Preteen (finished 5th or 6th grade): June 20 - 24 ($150) Absolute last day to sign up is June 5.
Middler (finished 3rd or 4th grade): June 27 - July 1 ($150) Absolute last day to sign up is June 12.
Primary (finished 1st or 2nd grade): July 11 - 14 ($135) Absolute last day to sign up is June 26.

This is a "spend the night away" camp at our Nazarene Campground in Dickson, TN. The kids who go from our church will all be together and will be with the counselors from our church. (Yes, we need parents to be counselors!) Please do not let money stop your child from one of the most important experiences of their life. We can find money if your child wants to go to camp! If you have any other questions, I will be more than happy to answer them! Camp is the best!! Once you are signed up, you will get a letter about a week out with last minute reminders and details.

July 17: Move up lunch for families of kids moving into the Student Ministry - In the Loft, following 2nd service

July 26: Nashville Shores - Meet at the church at 8:00AM. We will return to the church at 5:00PM

July 31: Promotion Sunday - All children who will be 3 before October 1st will move to their new classes. Also, new large group/small group format begins for K-5th graders. More details to follow!

Thanks for your support and for allowing me to serve you and your family! If there is ever anything I can do for you, please let me know! If you ever have concerns that need to be addressed, please tell me! I can't fix it, if I don't know it's broken! You are wonderful parents and it is my honor to help you raise people of God!

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