Disciples In Training

Disciples in Training – Christian Education

It’s April!  Spring break is upon us and lets all hope that we are finally finished with the snow!  Since Easter has just happened, it is all fresh in our minds how blessed we are that Jesus gave each of us the greatest gift we could ever receive!  This should give each of us renewed strength to make sure we are doing everything we can to show Jesus’ love to everyone we come in contact with. Jesus showed throughout his brief life on earth how we are to live and treat one another.  So let each of us keep the resolve of being Disciples of Jesus and be living examples, through our acts and deeds, that God loves each and every person we come into contact with!

 

New and exciting things are coming up in April!

April 8th @ 10am – our final Adult Sunday School study begins!  This is the last book in Adam Hamilton’s ‘trilogy’.  We began with our “Journey to Bethlehem”, we continued with “24 Hours that Changed the World” and now we will wrap up with “The Way”.  This final study will be six weeks and culminates on May 20th.  (There will be no Adult Sunday School on Mother’s Day) Make sure to stop in and check it out!

 

April 22nd @ 10am – we have GUESTS!  The Michigan Area of United Methodist Camping will be at our church for a taste of what summer camp is all about!  FLASHLIGHT FAITH is for all kids and youth and we will be meeting in the Activity Hall.  They will be bringing activities/stories and snacks to share. Make sure to bring your kids to find out how United Methodist Camping changes lives!   Adults are also welcome to attend.

 

VBS REGISTRATION continues!  Vacation Bible School is June 25th – 29th from

9am – 2:15pm, with our performance on Sunday, July 1st at 10am, followed by our Summer Celebration!  “Click Here” to register.  

Items needed for the month…How can YOU help our Christian Education Department?  Here are some items that you could pick up to help us out!  All collection bins are located in the Fellowship Hall for your donations!  Please and thank you!

Bible Bucks Store (Hospitality House, Blessing Baskets, Blessing Box and Elli’s House Street Outreach) Non-perishable food items, (Instant Oatmeal, Soup, Fruit Cups, Dried Fruit, Spaghetti, Pasta Sauce, Canned Vegetables & Cookies) and personal  hygiene items – travel sized

Operation Christmas Child (Shoeboxes) – small stuffed animals and deodorant.

 

So…what else happening this month? Check out below and see what the scoop is with Disciples in Training! (all things Christian Ed).

 

Disciples in Training Junior Church and Children’s Worship

(DinT) Junior Church (9am) and (DinT) Children’s Worship (11am) happens during our two Sunday morning worship services, the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of the month.  The kids are invited upstairs to Creation Island, after Pastor Deane’s Sermon on the Steps, to have a brief lesson and then either a craft/game OR BOTH to reinforce the lesson.  This program is designed for preschool through 5th grade.

Topics for April are as follows:

April 1st – EASTER SUNDAY –   ALL IN SUNDAY – Kids stay in service

April 8th – Wesley’s Simple Rules for Money – “Give All You Can”

April 15th – Walk His Way – The Great Feast

April 22nd – Walk His Way – The Foolish Rich Man

April 29th – Walk His Way – The Lost Coin

 

Disciples in Training Sunday School

Sunday School meets from 10am until 10:50am, in the classrooms upstairs.  Classes are currently available for all ages.

Adult Sunday School:  Meets in the Wesley Room and begins it’s final study of the year on April 8th.  This will be a six week study on Adam Hamilton’s book “The Way”.

(There is no class for the adults on Easter, April 1st or Mother’s Day, May 13th)

Children & Youth Sunday School:

Pre/Kindergarten/1st Grade:

April 1st – Easter Sunday –The Tomb is Empty

                (brief class – 10am – 10:30am, followed by Egg Hunt)

April 8th – Paul Changes

April 15th – Paul Escapes

April 22nd – FLASHLIGHT FAITH – ACTIVITY HALL

April 29th – The Church Grows & BIBLE BUCKS STORE

 

2nd/3rd/4th Grade:

April 1st – Easter Sunday – The Tomb is Empty

                (brief class – 10am – 10:30am, followed by Egg Hunt)

April 8th – Paul Changes

April 15th – Paul Escapes

April 22nd – FLASHLIGHT FAITH – ACTIVITY HALL

April 29th – The Church Grows & BIBLE BUCKS STORE

 

5th/6th Grade:  

April 1st – Easter Sunday – The Easter Season (Resurrection)

                (brief class 10am – 10:30am, followed by Egg Hunt)

April 8th – Encountering Jesus

April 15th – Trust

April 22nd – FLASHLIGHT FAITH – ACTIVITY HALL

April 29th – Waiting

Middle School & High School:  (6th graders have the option of attending either the 5th/6th grade class, or the middle school class)

April 1st – Easter Sunday – Teachers & Students to help set up Egg Hunt.

                Students to pair up with the younger kids to assist.

April 8th, 15th, 29th – regular class with Mrs. Elliott or Mrs. Hendrickson

April 22nd – FLASHLIGHT FAITH – ACTIVITY HALL

 

SPRING Coin Wars!  Please remember to bring in your change EACH week!  All proceeds benefit Northern Lights Ministry, in Uganda.  The winning classes at the end of the Coin Wars, win an in-class party on the last day of Sunday School, May 20th.  

 

HEADS UP!  FINAL DAY OF SUNDAY SCHOOL IS MAY 20TH.  THIS WILL ALSO BE TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY (FOR JUNIOR CHURCH, SUNDAY SCHOOL, CHILDREN’S WORSHIP AND KIDS KLUB TEACHERS), THE LAST BIBLE BUCKS STORE OF THE YEAR AND ATTENDANCE AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED DURING BOTH SERVICES!  MAKE SURE YOU ARE HERE!

 

Disciples in Training Wednesday Edition:

There is no kids choir/kids klub or middle school TORCH on April 4th)

Kids Choir (1st Grade through Middle School) 6-7pm

Kids Klub – 7pm – 8pm

Middle School TORCH – 7pm – 8pm

For Kids Club, we run our hearts out with fun and games in the activity hall for the first 30 minutes and then come together for a brief lesson and work on our Praise Journals and other crafts, during last 30 minutes.  Kids are encouraged to bring their own water bottles to re-hydrate from all the shenanigans!

Pizza dinners are being organized prior to choir, at the church.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Dana Simons-Wenz.

Disciples in Training College Style…THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO MADE COOKIES OR DONATED FUNDS TO SHIP OUR CARE PACKAGES IN MARCH!  Our college students REALLY enjoyed receiving this special love from home. (even our student in Ireland!)  

All college students and graduating high school students will be invited to participate in our summer college bible study/service project/fellowship.  Stay tuned for information and if you would like to be included on the email list for these events, please let me know!

Have a college student for fall 2018? Once you have their mailing address for fall, please get me their name, address, email address and birthday, so I can get them on the list for this next year!  Want to help out? We will be in need of ideas for next year on what to send out. We will also be looking for monetary donations to help cover the cost of cards, gift cards and postage.

Thank you for immersing your kids in our Disciples in Training Programs.

Giving your children a firm Christian foundation will set them up to live a God-filled life and be better equipped to handle the curves life throws at them.

 

Tracy Kramer (The Big Kid at Heart)

Christian Education Director

Tskramer1@ameritech.net

(248) 346-5441

Office Hours:  Tuesday and some Friday mornings

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