Summer Sundays for Children
June - August, 2017

Summer Sundays for Children
June - August, 2017

8:00 AM  Child Care, Rm 240
9:30 AM  Sunday School for Infants - Fifth Grade*
10:30 AM Intermission on the Playground
11:00 AM Child Care; Infants, Rm 240; Toddlers and Twos, Rm 233
Worship in the Sanctuary and Time with the Children
11:15 AM Children's Chapel for Threes - Second Grade, Rm 208
(Third Graders and up are invited to remain in worship with their families.)
6:00 PM Child Care for Infants - Second Grade, 211
*In July – NO Sunday School for 45 Degrees.
Children are promoted to next class on August 6.


Welcome to the Table
3rd Grade Season of Learning

Welcome to the Table

September and October 2017 
Third Graders and their families are invited to a special season of learning, celebration and service. 

Register Now for Worship and Communion Lunch and Learn

Register for the Welcome to the Table Celebration

Third grade is a special year. At school, students have learned to read. Now as third graders they are reading to learn. At church they have learned the stories of the Bible. Now as third graders they are ready to live them out with their community of faith.

At Second we mark this year in four important ways:

  1. They learn more about Worship, as they share in this intergenerational centerpiece of our life together.
  2. They learn about the Lord's Supper, in preparation for being "Welcomed to the Table" in worship on World Communion Sunday, October 1.
  3. They receive a new Bible, a full New Revised Standard Version, just like the one we have in the pews at church. With their new Bible they can read the stories and wisdom of our faith in church and at home.
  4. They lead worship by:
  • serving with their families as element bearers. During the 11:00 worship service, third graders and their families participate in the processional by carrying in the cup and the bread for the Communion Table.
  • singing in the Carol Choir at 11:15. Third graders learn songs to share with the congregation in worship. (Learn more about children's choirs.)
  • presenting Bibles to babies at Baptisms. Third graders pass on the Word of God that has been shared with them.

At school, third graders are stepping into a season of owning their own learning. At church, we invite them to own their own faith as we walk with wonder beside them.

We hope you and your third grader will step whole-heartedly into this year of welcome to worship and sharing in Communion as they grow more fully into the shared life of our community of faith.

Please plan to join us for all the steps on this journey. Every piece is important. We hope you will make every effort to attend each one!

  • Sunday School: During September third graders will participate in a special worship rotation.
  • Worship: During September third graders will have special activities to do in worship and at home to share their learning with their families.
  • Choir School: Children leave from worship to share in music making with peers.
  • Worship and Communion Education Lunch and Learn: September 24, 12:15-1:45
  • Welcome to the Table Celebration, Bible Presentation and Communion: October 1, 9:30-12:00

Please register separately for each event.

Worship & Communion Lunch & Learn: September 24
A time for learning together about worship and communion. 

Register Now for Worship and Communion Lunch and Learn

Welcome to the Table Celebration: October 1
Third graders and their special guests (parents, siblings, grandparents, special friends) enjoy brunch  and a time to share stories of communion. Third graders receive Bibles. 

Register for the Welcome to the Table Celebration


Help in the Community Garden

Help in the Community Garden

Help plant and tend the community garden at Second. A garden guide is onsite Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 12 noon and Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Or you can stop by anytime and follow the notes left in the garden box.

Details Here

Sundays, 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Intermission!
Meet us on the playground.

10:30-10:55 a.m.

Everyone is invited to meet during 'Intermission' on the east playground. There will be lemonade and donut holes in the shade and plenty of room to run (or stand and chat) safely within the fenced playground. Meet old friends and make new ones! Enter the East Playground near the Multipurpose room on the second level. If it is raining, please join us in McFarland Hall on level three.


Children's Circle Preschool Turns 50!
Reunion Sunday, September 10

Children's Circle Preschool

Celebrating 50 Years!


Since 1967, Children’s Circle Preschool has been serving young children and families by providing wonderful learning experiences in a loving, Christian environment.
All are welcome to join us as we celebrate 50 years of planting seeds of creativity, friendship, trust, curiosity, and faith on Sunday, September 10 during Coffee Hour in McFarland Hall. There will also be a “reunion” on the 10th on the East playground from 3 - 5 p.m. with refreshments, an open house and memories to share.

Books for Families
Little Things that Turned Out BIG!

Books for Families

Little Things that Turned Out BIG!

Summer Recommendations from Kat Barden
Get a head start on the VBS theme, Little Things that Turned Out BIG, with these books for children, families, and the young at heart.
“Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce." ~ Jeremiah 29:5
Saving the Ants by Ruth Gilmore 
This is a collection of children’s sermons about the Gospel of Matthew. Use it as a summertime devotional for the garden parables and stories of the Bible. 
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
Compare the Carle text and illustrations to the plants in the community garden at church.  Watch how they change as we provide nutritional fresh vegetables for our Northside Ministries friends. 
Children of God Bible Storybook by Desmond Tutu