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A Workshop for 5th & 6th Graders and Their Parents on Faith & Human Sexuality

November 4-5

Friday Afternoon Tween Session – 4:30-6:30pm

Friday Evening Parent Session – 7:30-9:45pm

Saturday Tween Session – 9:45am-2:15pm  (lunch provided)

Saturday Tween & Parent Session 2:15-5pm

$25 event cost for full weekend

Download your registration form here – Registrations Due Oct. 15, 2016

He, She, We and God is taught by Jenny Beaumont.  Jenny is an Episcopal educator, a trained facilitator and teacher currently on staff at Christ Episcopal Church, Charlotte, NC.  She brings 15 years experience in education and ministry to the dynamic conversation that connects the experience of faith with our sexuality. She leads workshops on Christian Faith and Human Sexuality throughout North Carolina.

The focus of our event is comprehensive faith and human sexuality seminar taught over a Friday afternoon and Saturday.   The program is based on universal needs of tweens (older elementary children) and their parents.  To honor and lift up parents as the primary sexuality educators for their children, the program involves parents as an integral part of the conversation.

The program is a developmentally appropriate, creatively interactive, faith-based approach to sexuality that lays human sexuality in the context of faith.  Direct and indirect teaching around God’s creation, scripture, and sexuality as gifts from God are intertwined throughout the workshop.  Conversations and teaching around the stewardship of gifts, responsible behavior, and God’s grace and love abound in this workshop.

For questions, please contact Pastor Christy or view this FAQ.

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Senior High just set dates to go on their mission trip to Alaska!  We are currently planning on taking two work teams to the seminary in Bethel from 6/30-7/9 and 7/7-7/16. The youth have been working hard to meet their participating requirements in and around the church and are getting ready to gear up for several fundraisers on the horizon.

We would like to go ahead and thank the church for their continued support of the youth program.  If anyone would like to be added to the senior high youth e-mail list feel free to e-mail me at RMcNeil513@gmail.com.  There are a many fun and exciting events coming up so be sure not to miss out.

Our Middle High youth are going to Washington DC 6/25-6/30 for their mission trip.

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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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Moravian Children’s Festival
Save the date for a provincial Children’s Festival on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at Bethania Moravian Church, 5545 Main St., Bethania, NC 27010. This festival commemorates the Moravian children’s spiritual renewal in Herrnhut in August 1727. Children’s activities are from 2:00pm-3:45pm and include: storytelling, music, games, candle making, quilting, hayrides, horse rides, & face-painting. A special children’s lovefeast service will follow at 4:00pm. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy with your family or group on the historic grounds of Bethania prior to the activities! For more information contact Beth Hayes at bhayes@mcsp.org or 336.722.8126.

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New Philadelphia has a tradition of raising exceptional young people.  Mr. Ross McNeil is our Senior High Youth Leader. Ross is a graduate of Appalachian State University and teaches Physical Education at Diggs-Latham Elementary School. Our Youth Committee oversees both the Youth Fellowship and Sunday School Programs for Middle and Senior Highs, and each compliments the other. Weekly meetings, weekly Bible Studies, Mission Camps, and Mission Trips are all planned to educate, to grow in faith, and to challenge. We have had a number of young people enter full-time Christian Service. Mrs. Erin Key is our Middle High Youth Leader.  Many of you may have encountered Erin through her work at Laurel Ridge in recent years and most recently through the YMCA.  Erin has enjoyed developing and leading programming for youth in both of these settings.  Erin and her husband, Adam, have been attending Come and Worship here in Winston-Salem.  She is from Bethlehem, PA and the College Hill Moravian Church and is a graduate of Moravian College.

This photograph was taken on a Youth Sunday.

 

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