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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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We are pleased to announce a new Director of Christian Education, the Rev. Mrs. Christy Clore. Christy is married to Br. David Lewis Clore, who, to use a good southern phrase, “was raised among us.” Christy and David have one son, Miles Lewis, who is three years old.

Christy grew up at Mayodan Moravian Church. Her mother interned as a Christian Educator here at New Philadelphia in 1966, taught in the public schools for more than thirty years, then became a Christian Educator in our province. That makes Christy almost a “P.K.” Christy attended Oberlin College, graduating with a B.A. degree and a double major in biology and religion. She then attended the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, where she graduated in 2005 with a Master of Divinity Degree. Christy was ordained a deacon in the Moravian Church in July of the same year.

As a friend of David’s family, it was my pleasure to attend his wedding to Christy, which was held on her grandparent’s farm in Stoneville, just outside of Mayodan. Following their union, Christy and David attended New Philadelphia while she served Salem Academy and College, remaining here until she accepted the call to serve the Home Moravian Church.

Though an ordained Moravian minister, Christy does not come to us under call. She sought out and applied for our DCE position, which is not a call position, citing a desire to work with the Spiritual formation of children and adults. Never the less, Christy is eager to serve our children and their families in a pastoral capacity, will assist in serving the Holy Communion, and when the occasion warrants it, she is an able preacher. Our younger children are encouraged to call Christy, “Pastor Christy,” in the same way that they call John “Pastor John,” or me, “Pastor Worth.” Adults (and older children who have the permission of all concerned) are fee to call any of us by our first names.

We believe that God’s work is visible in this call. We received more than 15 applications for the position, and interviewed almost two-thirds of that number, several of them, including Christy, multiple times. Though Christy has been a strong candidate for our DCE position from the very first, we have the additional confirmation of a long, dutiful and fruitful process by which we sharpened our own understanding of the DCE roll at New Philadelphia, and prepared ourselves to welcome our new DCE to the task.

She will begin work on Monday, May 13, 2013, and she will be installed on Sunday, May 26th. Please join us in praying God’s every blessing upon Christy, David, and Miles as they undergo a significant change in the life of their family. Pray for Christy as she undertakes what we believe will be a perfectly timed and tremendously effective period of service as our Director of Christian Education.

The Pastor

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New Philadelphia is seeking a Director of Christian Education. The Director of Christian Education (DCE) provides vision and leadership to overall program development, coordination, implementation, and direction to volunteers for the Children’s Ministries, Family Ministries, and Adult Education

To learn more about the position click HERE to view the job description.

If interested in the position – click HERE to view necessary documents to complete.

You may submit your application by email:  secretary@newphilly.org

You may also submit your application by mail:  New Philadelphia Moravian Church / 4440 Country Club Rd / Winston Salem, NC 27104 / Attn: Church Office

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A tip of the hat goes out to the Junior and Senior High Youth, their advisors—Ross McNeil and Sara Ebbers, and many adult partners for the Children’s Lovefeast. The youth served the lovefeast and then presented a Christmas pageant based on the the new children’s book, My Journey to Bethlehem, by Mona Ketner and Sandra Armstrong. We set out 300 chairs and filled them to overflowing! Thanks for a all the hard work!

The photo of the lovefeast was contributed by Bill Ray III.

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