Dear Church School Parents,
Lent is here! And this Sunday is a very special one because we will be baptizing Julian and Daniel Crane, Russell and Omaira's sons. The younger kids will talk about baptism in children's chapel, and then come up and watch their two friends be baptized (and say their own vows!). Hope you can make it.
Also, we have several opportunities for our kids to engage in meaningful projects during this season. See more detail below.
Sunday School WILL take place this Sunday Sunday school for all ages will take place this weekend, as usual.
Exploring Holy Communion In 1970, the General Convention resolved that once a child is born into God's family through baptism, they are welcome to receive Communion. That being said, many parents in the Episcopal Church still prefer a formal time of preparation for their children. Some parishioners come from other denominations and some simply want more explanation and education surrounding the sacrament. This spring, we will continue to offer Holy Communion classes for children in second grade. The class is both for children who are currently receiving Communion, and for those who will be receiving for the first time. This class will be offered each year in the spring. On Sunday May 6 we will celebrate all the children who have completed the class. We will meet four Wednesdays, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25 & 5/2 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Please contact Susie McNiff if you are interested.
Kids' Project for Lent with Episcopal Relief and Development Every Sunday in Lent As part of our church school Lenten program (starting this Sunday February 18), we will be collecting coins for Episcopal Relief and Development. The money will go to purchase a farm animal for a family in a developing country. You'll receive more instructions this Sunday, but each Sunday in Lent the kids will take home a plastic Easter egg to fill with loose change and bring back to church. At the end of Lent, we will count up all the change we've collected and choose together which animal to purchase.
Acolyte Training Sunday March 4, 11:15 am - noon All current acolytes are asked to attend this important training. Does your child want to become an acolyte? We'd love to have more kids! Respond to this email and plan to be there March 4.
Palm Sunday Lenten Youth Play High Schoolers! Help us revive this wonderful St. James tradition! We need over a dozen of you to sign up to put on this year's performance. Please rsvp to this email or talk to Astrid, Cheryl, or Susie on Sunday.
Junior Youth Bowl-a-thon is March 18, 5-7 pm This year the Junior Youth Group will again be raising money for the Interfaith Food Bank -- by bowling! Parishioners will be able to pledge money to individual bowlers. Our goal is to raise $2500! Junior youth parents, look for a separate email with details and please share with your kids.
Junior Youth Group Lock-in is now March 2-3 The Junior Youth Group kids have been awesome this year. Our theme this year comes from Ephesians 2:10 - You are God’s Masterpiece. We are going to continue our tradition of the JYG Lock in with this year's lock in taking place on March 2nd from 7:45 pm - the next morning at 8:00 am at the St. James the Less in the Parish Hall. We have a great evening planned starting off with some fun games and s'mores over the fireplace. We will then have a short devotional in which we will look in depth at the above verse and see how it can apply to middle school kids lives right now. After that once everyone gets settled in their sleeping bags we will watch a movie on the big screen. Bagels and doughnuts will be served before pick up which will be at 8:00 am Saturday morning. Frank Schwall, Amber Mizerik and Paula Pierolivo will be the chaperones for the lock in. Sign up to attend here, and to bring snacks here.