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The Reverend Christy Clore, our Director of Christian Education, has accepted a call and a contract has been approved for her to serve as the Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Reidsville, NC.  This is a designated intentional interim position, so she will be helping this congregation transition from their retiring pastor while helping them move through a period of discernment for their future ministry. Christy is not leaving the Moravian Church, she is serving “on loan” from the Southern Province to the Presbyterian Church. 

After feeling led to pursue training in transitional or intentional interim ministry, she has been seeking opportunities to serve as either an intentional interim or installed pastor.  As an ordained pastor, she was granted permission from the Provincial Elders Conference to seek opportunities in Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations through our covenant partnership.  Just as many of you remember the Reverend Joel Long who served with us, a number of other Presbyterian pastors have served Moravian congregations.  Salem Presbytery is eager for the exchange to move the other direction and Christy brings collegial connections in both the transitional and educational ministries of both denominations to this relationship.

Christy’s last day serving the New Philadelphia congregation will be Sunday, February 19 and she will be delivering the sermon for the day.  We will also be celebrating our Preschool Program during the 11:10 Worship. She will begin her ministry with First Reidsville on Sunday, February 26 so that she may begin the Lenten season with them.

To thank Christy for her service to New Philadelphia, we will be having a reception in her honor during the Sunday School hour on Sunday, February 19. The reception will be in the Fellowship Hall.

If you would like to contribute to a love offering that we are collecting to give to Christy, you can send your contributions to the church office. Please indicate that it is designated for “Christy Clore Love Offering”

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Join us on Sunday, October 2 in the Fellowship Hall

Film Screening – 4-5 p.m.; tickets $5 per adult (to be collected at the door)

Meal & Panel Discussion – 5:15-6:30 p.m.; $5 per person for meal

Click Here to RSVP

Older Elementary & Youth are welcome to attend with a parent/guardian; children’s program provided for younger children.
(Funds raised at this event will be contributed to the Elizabeth Windsor Scholarship Fund)

About the film:

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

About the filmmaker:

Delaney Ruston is a filmmaker, Stanford trained doctor and mother of two.  Along with Screenagers, her award-winning feature documentaries include Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia (PBS), about her father, and Hidden Pictures (PBS) about global mental healthDelaney has been invited to speak and screen these and other films to hundreds of audiences in diverse settings around the world–such as at primary schools, conferences, medical centers, universities, the United Nations, the TEDx stage in Seattle and the World Health Organization. For her work in using film in launching advocacy movements, Delaney has won several awards. She has provided primary care in under-served clinics for over a decade.

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Are you looking for a new way to serve this Fall?

Do you love to tell stories or use your imagination? Do you find yourself asking, “I wonder”, questions? Would you enjoy exploring with the curiosity of a child? Then you would be perfect as a shepherding guide for Children’s Worship & Godly Play!

Join me and other team members to share stories of the Bible and songs with children 4 – 1st grade in ways that make the stories come alive through imagination and reflection. 2-3 leaders needed every Sunday at either 9:30 or 11:30am.

Do you miss the warm snuggles and cuddly moments with your own children or grandchildren? Would you love to explore with toddlers, build a castle or have a tea party on Sunday Morning? We would love to have someone like you building relationships with our young families! Opportunities at 9, 10, and 11am each week.

More opportunities coming soon… stay tuned for ways to serve with H.O.P.E., Trunk or Treat, Operation Christmas Child, or City with Dwellings throughout the Fall.

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September is upon us! Whether driven by weather or school calendars, the slide into Fall is one that leads us easily into routines and rituals. For some this may bring tailgating, for others homework, or maybe both. But all these things flow well into the concepts of harvest time, gathering in from the joys of Summer and preparing the soil for next things.

Gregory Norbert offers these words to describe the season of harvest.

“A time for kneading love’s leaven well, to open up and go beyond ourselves; and as we reach for this moment, we know that love is a gift born in care.”

This is a time to open ourselves and discover new things or uncover things in places that we haven’t explored before even though they are familiar. For children and youth it is the very tangible forming of new community in their class groupings and schedule patterns. For others of us, it may be engaging in a new small group or fresh volunteer commitment. Or it may simply be viewing the comfort of long-standing community in the light of a new season and the projects of that time together.

Fall Education Sunday Kick-Off
On September 13, Education Sunday, we will celebrate some of our many opportunities to grow in the fertile soil of community this year. Throughout September, consider what might offer you fresh bread
in this harvest season and get involved in some of these opportunities.

For Children and Youth on September 13:
9am & 11:10am Worship – Celebrate our 1st graders as they receive their Bibles in Worship.

4-5:30pm – New Philly Kids, for children Kindergarten through 5th grade, is a place to explore the Bible, serve others and have fun! Our Church has Talent! is our theme for the year ahead, join us in the Picnic Shelter as we begin discovering and learning to use our individual talents to serve the Lord.

5-5:30pm – Children’s Ministry Parent Meeting, a brief conversation for parents about the year ahead. Do you want your child to grow into a resilient adult faith? How can we support your family this year? Join us at the Picnic Shelter to discuss focus for this year and opportunities for an upcoming parent topic series with Ellen Fox.

5:30-6pm – Fellowship Kick-off Dinner for all New Philly Kids and Youth families! All children, youth and their parents are invited to come and share in this meal together. Plan to bring a side dish or dessert.

5:30-7pm – Youth Fellowship, for 6th-12th grade youth, is a time filled with service opportunities, hands-on exploring of faith and support of one another. Join our leaders, Erin and Ross, as they share about the
year ahead.

3:30pm Children’s Choir & 5pm Youth Choir, are opportunities for young people to be active leaders in our worship throughout the year. Join in these groups as they get started on this year’s music in the
Sanctuary!

Sunday School Groups for Children & Youth – 10am:
• Nursery – Room 211, Infants – 24 months
• 2-4’s – Room 214
• PreK/Kindergarten – Room 108
• 1st & 2nd Grades – Room 118
• 3rd – 5th Grades – Room 303
• Middle Highs – Youth Building Classroom
• Senior Highs – Youth Building Main Room

Adult Groups for Sunday Morning – 10am:
2nd/Main Floor
• New Beginnings – Topical Small Group
• Inklings – Small Group Book Study
• Reflections – Small Group Bible Study
• Mary Martha – Women’s Small Group Book & Bible Study
• Bona Vita – Lecture-based Bible Study

1st Floor
• David Jones – Lecture-based Bible Study
• Discipleship – Mid-sized Group Book & Bible Study
• Discovery – Large Lecture-based Bible Study 3rd Floor
• Advent – Large Lecture-based Bible Study
• New Friendship – Mid-sized Group Book & Bible Study

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Join us this Sunday, December 8 at 10:05am as our Middle Highs lead us in our first Lovefeast celebrating the coming of the Christ Child!

We share a time of lovefeast especially for children, with hot chocolate and a play, in the Fellowship Hall.  Everyone is invited, we hope to see you there!

Even before Advent began, many preparations were already taking place to get us ready.  Our youth and children have been practicing music, preparing to serve lovefeast, creating a play to act out, getting ready for caroling at Salemtowne, raking leaves and creating new Chrismon ornaments for a tree in our vestibule!  All our groups have been busy…

As the picture above shows off the work of our New Phillies on their Chrismon tree, we hope the Children’s Lovefeast this Sunday will show off the enthusiasm of our Middle and Senior High Youth.

It will be a busy Sunday, as our New Phillies and their families will also be caroling for residents at Salemtowne during the afternoon.  Come out and join in the joy and expectation of the season!

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Fall Sunday School
After a Summer of shared spaces and broader age groupings, we’re excited about moving into Fall Sunday School with smaller groups, new curriculum and some gradual changes in our meeting spaces. We’re looking at having 10 classes for children and youth during the Sunday School hour, plus nursery care just for children from birth to 2 years. We are still working on finalizing the teaching teams for each group, interested??? – I’d love to add you to one of these teams!

Fall Sunday School for children and youth will kick-off on September 8, including a special time during both worship services that morning recognizing our classes.

Children’s Church
As we move through the Fall, we are excited about creating a more dedicated space for exploring ideas about worship and the Bible during our Children’s Church. As changes are ready to be implemented, we’ll let you know as this will be a growing process. Along the way, children from age 4 through 1st grade will be invited to participate in this hands-on way of worshipping. We will be working toward implementing Godly Play, a curriculum that invites children to hear the stories of the Old and New Testaments through wooden sets of figurines that illustrate visually what they children are hearing in each story. Sound like fun?… if you’re a woodworker or are curious about this approach to hearing the Bible, give me a call!

Kids of Faith will now include children from 2nd through 5th grades, since 1st graders will remain included in Children’s Church.

New Phillies
The theme of service that emerged at VBS was such a hit among kids, parents and volunteers alike that the New Phillies will be carrying that into an exploration of stewardship this Fall. New Phillies will go on an Amazing Race adventure during their sessions – learning about service to our church, our community and our world throughout the Fall. We’re excited about weaving music with Miss Sandra into this program more intentionally. New Phillies is for all children from Kindergarten through 5th grade.

New Phillies will kick-off on September 15 from 4 to 6pm. Parents of all children are invited to participate in a parent’s meeting for all areas of Children’s ministry from 4 – 6pm, with childcare provided for children from birth through age 5. A family dinner will follow at 6pm.

Children’s Choirs
Sandra Gray will continue to share her love of music with the children through our children’s choirs. Their rehearsals will begin on September 8 – with K – 2nd graders meeting from 5:15 – 6pm and 3rd – 5th graders meeting from 6 – 6:45pm. Youth will rehearse from 4:30 – 5:15.

These are just the highlights…
Pastor Christy

Children’s Church
September 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th
at 9am worship and 11:10am worship
for 4 year olds through 1st graders
in the Church Library

Kids of Faith
September 15
at 9am worship and 11:10am worship
for 2nd through 5th graders
in the Banquet Room

Sunday School
Kick-off on September 8
2 & 3’s – Main Floor
4’s, 5’s, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades – 1st Floor
3rd, 4th and 5th grades – 3rd Floor

Children’s Ministry Parent Meeting
September 15, 4 – 6pm
(Childcare provided for infants through age 5)
Family Fellowship Dinner at 6pm

New Phillies
September 15, 4 – 6pm Fall Kick-off
October 6
November 10
December 8

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