Backwards Advent Calendar

I love Advent!  I get to work on it in September all the way through December!  For me it is such a time of joy.  Preparing for the Christ Child and readying ourselves for Him to enter are lives.  What do we do to get ready?  There are so many options!

A book? A daily reading of scripture?  Something more 21st century….. a daily inspiration in our inbox? An online community studying the same passage?  Or there is, of course, the classic countdown Advent Calendar.   Continue reading “Backwards Advent Calendar”

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Worship Bags

Worship Bags are an easy cheap way to engage children in worship.  These are so welcoming to visitors and sends the message that children are welcome in church.  Best of all, they can be put together on a slim budget and don’t take a lot of upkeep! Currently, St. Andrew’s has worship bags (I have also heard them call “Play and Pray Bags” – super cute!) in both of our worship spaces and new things are added every month to keep them fresh.  We had a wonderful volunteer crochet bags for us.  But you could just as easily get cloth bags from Michaels.   Continue reading “Worship Bags”

Children’s Chapel

12011230_10152944081347030_8217188331575475795_nAt St. Andrew’s we are blessed with many young members who attend Sunday morning.  After a year of the nursery being filled with 4-5 year olds, I decided that there were better ways to use their valuable time during worship.  Thus, Children’s Chapel was born.  Our Chapel is specifically tailored to those ages 3-7.  They process out ahead of the Gospel Book with their own cross and Crucifer (one child chosen before the service) into a Sunday School room.  They are in Chapel until the Peace.  The Chaplain rotates every week.

Here is the general outline of our Chapel:

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Thankful Pumpkins

img_8587This is my very first blog post ever!  So I decided to start off simple.  What better way to start a new endeavor than by being thankful.  This year, all of our Sunday School classes and all of our youth groups are using thankful pumpkins to steer their prayers in class.  Each class has a pumpkin and is writing on it something or someone they are thankful for.  At the end of November, all of the pumpkins will be used to decorate to decorate the altar. Continue reading “Thankful Pumpkins”