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Education

The Moses/Exodus rotation for preschool – 5th grade runs October 23 through November 27.

The rotation objective is to bring understanding to children about the part God played in the story of Moses and the Exodus in the history of His people. Knowing how God is committed to His people, we are then able to find and build on our own faith, certain that God is with us always. Important ideas children will learn are:

  1. God called Moses and gave him the power he needed.
  2. Moses and Aaron were messengers of God.
  3. Moses told Pharaoh to “Let my people go!”
  4. Moses proved God’s power through the sending of the plagues.
  5. The people left Egypt in the Exodus.
  6. The miracle of the parting of the Red Sea.

What God did for Moses and his people, God can do for us; even if something seems too big, like the parting of the sea.

Memory verse: Exodus 3:4  God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”      

Don’t forget to ask your children what they are learning in Carpenter’s Corner.  It’s a great way to talk together about our faith!

The  Communion rotation for preschool – 5th grade runs through October 16.

 

The rotation objective is to bring understanding to children about the act of Communion and what it represents. At the conclusion of the Passover meal, Jesus broke the bread, as his body was broken, “in memory of me.” He gave them the cup, as his blood was poured out, as “God’s new covenant.” The covenant was the relationship with God through Christ. In using the bread and wine, Jesus gave his followers a special way to Remember Him. The important things the children will learn from this are:

  1. Remembrance – of Christ’s sacrifice
  2. Celebration – of the new covenant
  3. Ritual – the practice of the church that binds us together

Memory verse: Luke 22:19 “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”     

Don’t forget to ask your children what they are learning in Carpenter’s Corner.  It’s a great way to talk together about our faith!

The  23rd Psalm rotation for preschool – 5th grade runs through August 28.

The 23rd Psalm is a classic piece of scripture that has spoken to people over the centuries. The agrarian culture, the fight for survival, the presence of enemies: these were realities during Biblical times. The images in the psalms spoke to the people reading them; the customs were familiar. The affirmation of the presence of God in some tangible form was a much-needed litany.

The words of this Psalm still speak to us today. It sets forth a rich picture of God’s steadfast love and desire for us, and therefore, the very traits of the Messiah. An image of the Messiah in both the Old and New Testaments is that of the Good Shepherd. He is the one who guides, protects, and provides. He searches for us when we go astray. He resides with us in our deepest valley. The Hebrew prophets, the psalmists, and the evangelists all used this metaphor as a symbol of God’s active participation in our lives.

The memory verse is the entire Psalm.  To know this psalm by heart is to carry with us a scripture that will speak to us in our time of need.

Don’t forget to ask your children what they are learning in Carpenter’s Corner.  It’s a great way to talk together about our faith!

The Deacon’s scholarship is a $500 scholarship offered by the Board of Deacons to members of the congregation.  To be eligible, an applicant must be a high school graduate or graduating senior with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 seeking an advanced education at college or trade school. The form may be downloaded by clicking this link:   FFPC New Deacon Scholarship Form  The scholarship applications are due to the church office by May 8, 2016.

The following requirements and materials are needed to apply for a Deacons Scholarship, approved by the Board of Deacons in 2014:

Required:

  1. Member of First Presbyterian Church of Fenton
  2. Applicant is a graduating senior or a post graduate seeking advanced education (college, trade school, etc.)
  3. Applicant has a cumulative 2.5 GPA
  4. Complete the following

The following information must be typed and attached to this signed application.

  1. List your involvements at school, at church and in the community that best describe your awareness of the needs of others; attach two letters one from your school and one from a community or church individual regarding the involvement
  2. Write an essay of  300 words or less describing a situation when you desired to provide assistance to someone in need that had conflicted with what your peers wanted you to do
  3. State any other information you feel should be acknowledged
  4. Attach an academic transcript of your GPA

Attention High School & College Graduates: Please contact the church office to let us know who is graduating this year.

Also, the Christian Education Committee invites all graduates & their families to the recognition breakfast on Sunday, June 5 at 8:30AM. Wear your cap & gown and share your future plans during 10AM worship.  Please RSVP to the office by May 29.

The “Beatitudes” rotation runs through May 22. Early in in his ministry, Jesus took his disciples up on the mountain to teach them what God wants of them. The Beatitudes give us guidance for living as Christians. Jesus lived the Beatitudes by showing us how to relate to other people.

The children will study the Beatitudes to understand what they really mean. The Beatitudes turn worldly values upside down – Jesus promises good things to people who are having a tough time. The children will compare what Jesus wants us to be with what the world expects, then apply these values to their own lives.

The memory verse:  Matthew 9:9   Happy are people who make peace, because they will be called God’s children.  

Don’t forget to ask your children what they are learning in Carpenter’s Corner.  It’s a great way to talk together about our faith!

 

The “Elijah” rotation runs through April 10th. King Ahab was disobeying the Lord and worshiping the idols of Baal. A contest ensued between the 450 prophets of Baal and Elijah, prophet of God. God triumphed and the people began to worship him. God was heard here in a mighty act.  But when Elijah went to the top of the mountain to talk to God, the message that came to him was in a “still small voice.” As Elijah learned to listen to God’s messages in various ways, we, too, need to remember to listen to all of God’s messages however He chooses to send them.

The memory verse is: 1 Kings 19:12  After the earthquake, there was a fire. But the Lord wasn’t in the fire. After the fire, there was a gentle whisper.

A member of our Women’s Covenant Group asked us to support her niece Hannah’s social justice project leading up to her bat mitzvah. The project is called “Days for Girls Stay in School Kits” to provide basic sanitary needs for girls entering puberty in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. These kits enable young girls to stay in school without embarrassment and with confidence! Our two women’s groups donated 48 new and gently used bras for these girls – now affectionately called the “Bra-Mitzvah” 🙂 Below is a picture with just a few of the women from Monday night’s group!

bra-mitzvah

Lent and Easter are rich in symbolism. The children will learn traditional symbols of Lent and Easter, and discover what they mean. They will also explore what symbols are meaningful to them, even to the point of developing their own personal images. All members of the congregation are also invited to create their own “Easter Art” after 11am worship in Fellowship Hall on February 14, 21, 28 and March 6. All works of art will be on display throughout the Easter season.

Class dates for the “Lent/Easter” rotation are February 14 and March 6. All children attend worship on Youth Sunday, February 21 and communion on February 28.

 

God sometimes has plans for us that we least expect. Saul persecuted Christians – he tried to destroy them and the church because he did not believe in God. But God had other ideas, and brought to Saul a change of heart. The turning point in his life began on the road to Damascus. He allowed God to open his heart and change the whole focus of his life. We, too, should relinquish our wills and open our hearts to God. This rotation runs January 10 – February 7 during the 11am worship service.

The memory verse is:  Acts 9:15  The Lord replied, “Go! This man is the agent I have chosen to carry my name before the Gentiles, kings, and Israelites.” 

WORSHIP SCHEDULE

9:00 am

-Worship Service & Nursery

10:00 am

-Adult, Jr. & Sr. High Bible Study

-K-5th Grade Praise Time, Nursery

11:00 am

-Worship Service

-Church School

-Nursery

Summer 10:00 am

-Worship Service

-Church School

-Nursery


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