Calendar & Seasonal Events
We schedule events throughout the year to celebrate the church season with our younger members. These events are great fun, and we invite you to join us!
Children's Discipleship Kick-Off
Each August Children’s Discipleship sponsors its kick-off event following the 10:00 a.m. service. This is a morning of fun, food, and fellowship that allows our parish family to come together to celebrate the beginning of the new Discipleship (Sunday School) year.
The Season of Advent & Christmas
Family Advent Fair
Our Family Advent Fair is held one Sunday during Advent every year. Children and their families have fun making family crafts, including an Advent wreath. (There is a minimal fee to cover materials.)
Las Posadas (Begins the first Sunday of Advent until Christmas Eve)
The custom of Las Posadas celebrates Mary and Joseph seeking shelter in Bethlehem on Christmas. Each day between the first Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve., statues of Mary and Joseph journey to 25 different homes throughout the neighborhood and find refuge for the night. Families are provided resources that enable them to participate in simple meditations and given suggestions to make this event a meaningful experience for everyone.
Following the Christmas Pageant rehearsal, children, 1st-5th graders are invited to join the Inreach Shepherds in a Christmas Caroling outing. Children will gather to make Christmas cards and then go caroling to parishioners who are home-bound. Look for details and sign up information in the bi-monthly email blasts and The Shield.
The annual Christmas Pageant is usually presented the week before Christmas at the 8:45 a.m. worship service. Shepherds, sheep, angels and more! For additional information, see Christmas Pageant.
The Season of Lent & Holy Week
Mite Boxes/Lenten Offering Boxes
Our children participate in the Lenten Season with a take-home devotional. The devotionals are specifically designed to provide families with prayers, scriptures, and other items to help children focus on the meaning of Lent and Easter.
Mite boxes (different verbiage). The mite boxes are returned to the church at the 8:45 a.m. service on Easter morning. The white cross will be placed in the church so that children can put their mite boxes on one of the shelves on the cross. A small offering of flowers is also appropriate.
This optional atrium experience will be offered to children 2nd grade and up during Lent. Participating children will meet on Sunday mornings for presentations and work time related to the theme of preparing for communion. The series culminates in an on-campus weekend retreat which will include an opportunity for the children to participate in the Rite of Reconciliation (Confession) as well as a special communion celebration. Children completing the Sacramental Preparation series will be recognized and presented with a Bible.
Palm Sunday Procession
All children are invited to participate in the Palm Sunday procession. There’s even a donkey! Children who attend Children’s Chapel on Palm Sunday will be invited outside to re-enact Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
Liturgy of the Light
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School, for children ages 3 through 8, occurs in July. Children participate in crafts, games, and Bible lessons related to a common biblical theme. A nominal fee is charged and parents are asked to volunteer.