Our Sunday School groups meet during the 10:00 a.m. service each Sunday.
School-Age and Preschool Groups: Children from 2.5 to 12 years of age gather in the children's activity area in the North Transept of the church before the 10 a.m. service, remain in church till after the Children's Focus, head to the classroom for Bible stories and activities, returning to the service in time for communion.
Infant Toddler Group: Children under 2.5 years of age can be dropped off in the Infant/Toddler space in the Reception Room before the 10 a.m. service and picked up from there when it is over. A parent may choose to remain with the child until he or she feels comfortable or if the teacher suggests that you do so.
Child care is offered in the Preschool classroom during the 9 to 10 a.m. Christian Education Hour.
Please note the change to the time of our Good Friday early service: it will now be held at 9:00 a.m. rather than 9:15. We still need a couple of families to volunteer to help read/lead this service. Please let me know if your family can take part.
April 9: Palm Sunday – the children will form part of the procession near the beginning of the service. The service will be followed by our Palm Sunday Brunch and a celebration of Youth Group leader, Sarah Keeshan’s upcoming wedding. If you would like to contribute to the gift, you may make the donation in an envelope into the offertory plate (please write” Sarah and Robert gift” on the envelope) or through this online link or by Interac or Credit Card after church on Sunday.
Seasons of the Spirit: In the readings this week both Ezekiel and John share stories that seem beyond hope. The story of the raising of Lazarus and the story of the Valley of Dry bones in Ezekiel are both stories that show time and situation have no bearing on the power of God or Jesus in offering new life and hope where humans can see none. As the title for this week (Hope Against All Hope) suggests, we are challenged to find hope where there appears to be none. We are invited to not give in to despair but to trust that with God all things are possible. John’s story also makes it clearer why the authorities had to stop Jesus as he could do the impossible, so killing him seemed to be their only option.
What in your life and what in the world seems beyond God’s love and care? How do we resurrect / cling to hope in the midst of the chaos?
Prayer: Help us to know that in the midst of all the despair we encounter in daily newscasts, YOU can bring hope and are challenging us to do the same. Amen.
This Week in Sunday School:
Hope Against All Hope - John 11: 1-45: To hear a story about Jesus’ love and compassion.
The Ark (11 and up), The School Age Group (6-10) and the Preschool Group (2.5-5) will all focus the above story together with activities appropriate to each age level.
The infants and toddlers will read the stories Jesus is Taken Prisoner and Peter Lets Jesus Down from “My First Read Aloud Bible.”
Below are also some suggestions as to how you can extend the learning at home:
Read John 11:1–45 in an age-appropriate Bible or story Bible.
Something to think about, talk about, or do:
Both Martha and Mary believe in Jesus’ power to heal the sick. They accuse him of dawdling and allowing Lazarus to die. Martha even expresses her belief that Jesus can still act on Lazarus’ behalf but she is unsure whether this action will actually take place on this day. But Jesus’ amazing act – raising Lazarus from the dead – demonstrates that God is more powerful than death.
Together this week:
Take time this week to express your love to one another. Leave notes or other tokens for each other – perhaps in a special place.
Prayer: Thank you, loving God, that we can always trust in your love, care, and grace. Thank you for amazing us with your love. Amen.
Outreach during Lent:
- During Lent we will be collecting for The Bridge Prison Ministry’s Discharge Kits. These are backpacks or duffle bags, given to inmates upon their release from prison. They are filled with the basic essential toiletries and supplies that most cannot afford to purchase immediately upon their release. This simple gesture has done much to provide not only comfort but dignity to some who would not otherwise feel any sense of caring.
Items we are collecting:
- duffle bags, gym bags or knapsacks (new or used)
- Toothpaste & Toothbrush
- Soap, Shampoo, Deodorant
- Disposable Razors & Blades
- Shaving Cream
- Towel & Face Cloth
- Alarm Clock
- Gloves (winter)
- Note of Encouragement
- Work Boots & Running Shoes (Used)
There is a box in the Narthex to collect these items.
- April’s Food Bank donation is Kraft Dinner. Egg carton are needed this month.