Families@Five
Sunday, December 17

Families@Five Wiggle Worship

NOW WE LIGHT THE CANDLE OF JOY
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17

Behold! I Bring You Good Tidings of Great JOY!

Matthew 1:18-21; Luke 2:1-20

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” (Luke 2:15)

This Sunday at Families@Five, we will light a candle for JOY as we journey with the shepherds to Bethlehem. Come, join us, for as the Advent mystery unfolds, we will wiggle in wonder and worship!

Families@Five Wiggle Worship, Sundays at 5:00
THIS WEEK only, in Room 356, for the Bethlehem Labyrinth.

“This service is my favorite service of the year. December can be a whirlwind of activity and commitments that can be overwhelming and stressful. This service creates a space for our family to recenter our hearts, calm our minds, and connect with our faith. The activities are set up so that each family can take their time and move at a pace that works for them. The music is comforting and integral to the peace that is created in the space.”
--
Jessica Trimble, mom to Olive age 5 and Helena age 1


Bethlehem Labyrinth
Saturday, December 6 - Tuesday December 19

Bethlehem Labyrinth

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, NOON - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 8 PM, RM 356
(WITH LIVE MUSIC DURING THE FAMILIES@FIVE WORSHIP SERVICE ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17)

Here is place to pause in quiet prayer and contemplate the unfolding mystery of God’s incarnational love. The path before you, the candlelight around you, the soft music floating through the air will give you space away from the rush of the season to listen to God’s still small voice and be renewed. Interactive prayer stations around the labyrinth make this a perfect place for children to engage the story.

The Bethlehem Labyrinth is open from Saturday afternoon through Tuesday evening. From 5 – 5:30 p.m. on Sunday Evening, December 17, live music will accompany your prayer walk at the Families@Five Worship Service held in the Labyrinth.

This service is my favorite service of the year. December can be a whirlwind of activity and commitments that can be overwhelming and stressful. This service creates a space for our family to recenter our hearts, calm our minds, and reconnect with our faith. The activities are set-up so each family can take their time and move at a pace that works for them. The music is comforting and integral to the peace that is created in the space. 
­—Jessica Trimble (mom to Olive age 5 and Helena age 1)

As the holiday season becomes increasingly frantic, the Bethelehem Labyrinth slows us down and focuses us on Christ, who is at the very center of Christmas. Walking the path with our daughter changes everything from an endless to-do list to one-item “to-be” list.  We are children of God, in peace and in love.    
 — Julie McDonald (mom to “Peep” age 6)


Advent for Families
Children & Families Details

Advent for Families

Family Advent Game and Devotionals

The Second Church Advent Game is a family centered activity to mark the days of the unfolding mystery of Jesus’ birth. Pick up your copy on the second floor on the information counter; copies are also available at Wintermission.
 
Families look for the Manger Monday Blog arriving each Sunday evening during Advent, to help your family contemplate one character in the story.


Families@Five
Sunday, December 3, 5 pm
Mary and Elizabeth Share the Surprising Spirit of Hope
Psalm 130:7 & Luke 1:1-45


Christmas Benevolence Children's Advent Party
Saturday, December 9, 9 a.m. – 12 Noon
Children come to Second Church from north and south, east and west. Some come to the Northside Food Pantry, and some come to our Children’s Circle Preschool. Some come to Choir School and some come to Sunday School. Some come with their parents to shop for carefully sorted clothes. Some come with their grandparents to wiggle in worship at Families@Five on Sunday evenings.

This year, all these children are invited to bring their grown-ups to a special party on Saturday morning.Party guests will have a chance to pet live sheep, a donkey and a camel. Residents of Bethlehem and Wisemen from the east will tell the children about the baby who is soon to be born. Craft stations will give guests an opportunity to create a special gift for a loved one or a decoration for their home. The snack station will give families a place to pause and refuel with a tasty treat. The Children’s Choirs will sing for us!

Volunteers are needed to serve as costumed characters, assist at the craft and snack stations, and to accompany children of Christmas Benevolence families who are shopping that day. You may register to volunteer through the Christmas Benevolence SignUpGenius.


Children's Music Sunday
Sunday, December 10, 9:30 and 11 a.m.
The children will sing Becki Slagle Mayo's Emmanuel Will Come and a beautiful arrangement of Angels We Have Heard on High. These two pieces outline the Christmas story in words and harmony from the plaintive key of G minor as we wait for Emmanuel to the glorious singing of the Angels announcing His birth in major tonality.

Let's "open the gates to the city. Prepare a way for the King." Gloria in excelsis Deo!

— Carol Baker


Families@Five
Sunday, December 10, 5 p.m.
Mary and Joseph,  Shepherds and Angels 
Find Peace in a Fearful Time
Isaiah 9:6-7 & Luke 2:1-20


Bethlehem Labyrinth 
Saturday, December 16, Noon to Tuesday, December 19, 8 p.m., Room 356
(With live music during the Families@Five Worship Service on Sunday, December 17)

Here is place to pause in quiet prayer and contemplate the unfolding mystery of God’s incarnational love. The path before you, the candlelight around you, the soft music floating through the air will give you space away from the rush of the season to listen to God’s still small voice and be renewed. Interactive prayer stations around the labyrinth make this a perfect place for children to engage the story.

The Bethlehem Labyrinth is open from Saturday afternoon through Tuesday evening. From 5 – 5:30 p.m. on Sunday Evening, December 17, live music will accompany your prayer walk at the Families@Five Worship Service held in the Labyrinth.

This service is my favorite service of the year. December can be a whirlwind of activity and commitments that can be overwhelming and stressful. This service creates a space for our family to recenter our hearts, calm our minds, and reconnect with our faith. The activities are set-up so each family can take their time and move at a pace that works for them. The music is comforting and integral to the peace that is created in the space. 
­—Jessica Trimble (mom to Olive age 5 and Helena age 1)

As the holiday season becomes increasingly frantic, the Bethelehem Labyrinth slows us down and focuses us on Christ, who is at the very center of Christmas. Walking the path with our daughter changes everything from an endless to-do list to one-item “to-be” list.  We are children of God, in peace and in love.    
 — Julie McDonald (mom to “Peep” age 6)


Families@Five
Sunday, December 17, 5 p.m.
Bethlehem Labyrinth: With Joy we come to meet the Lord.
A Time of Quiet Contemplation and Interactive Prayer
Gentle vocals and instrumentation accompany your walk to Bethlehem.  
Luke 2:1-20 & Matthew 1:18-21


Children’s Christmas Eve Worship Service
Sunday Evening, 4 p.m., Sanctuary
We want to tell the story! Angels and Shepherds, Mother Mary and Father Joseph, the voices of children and the songs of the ages come together in a holy moment, when the prophecy is fulfilled, when the child is born, and the news is spread. 


Epiphany Sunday
January 7, 2018
With wise folks across the ages, we follow the light to worship the one true king. A glorious procession of magi and children files through the sanctuary as the congregation sings, “Star of wonder, star of night. Star with royal beauty bright. Westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light!” The magi bring gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, which as the song says, bear witness to the royal, holy, sacrificial nature of the child we honor. The children bring paper hearts to the humble manger bed, after Christina Rosetti’s poem, 


What can I give Him
Poor as I am;
If I were a shepherd,
I would give Him a lamb.
If I were a wise man,
I would do my part.
But what can I give Him?
I will give him my heart.

Come with us, as we seek the Perfect Light, bearing our simple gifts.  


Be Second

How do we respond to God’s grace through Christ?
We put God first in our lives. Everything else is second.

It's not too late to turn in your pledge card.

To date, 700 households have pledged more than 2.7 million toward our 2018 ministries. That's a great start, but to fully support our mission we need at least $3.1 million. Every contribution counts. Every gift matters. Pledge cards are in the pew racks or you can pledge online www.SecondChurch.org/give.

You can also spread the Be Second Spirit with a t-shirt or other fun item. Go to www.SecondChurch.org/BeSecond.


Books for Families
Christmas Books to Share

December Books for Families

Christmas Books to Share

  1. M is for Manger, Chrystal Bowman
     
  2. Who is Coming to Our House, Slate and Wolff
     
  3. Mary's First Christmas, Walter Wangerin, Jr.
     
  4. Danger on a Silent Night, Imagination Station #12
     
  5. The Third Gift, Linda Sue Park

December suggestions from Rev. Caroline Dennis.


Wintermission
Sundays, 10:30 a.m.

Wintermission
Meet us in McFarland Hall.

FALL THROUGH SPRING - 10:30 AM, MCFARLAND HALL

Parents visit; children gather. Join hands in service to God and BE SECOND Church to the world.

Comfy corner seating at low tables offer child forward mission activities and parent gathering spots during the 10:30-11:00 morning fellowship time.


Children's Choir School
Sundays, 11:15 a.m.

Children's Choir School Registration is Open!

Sundays, 11:15 a.m.

BEGINS SEPTEMBER 10
 

Register Now

For children, age 4 to grade 5

Choir School participation leads to a lifetime enjoyment of praising God through music. Meeting Sundays during the 11 a.m. worship service, Choir School nurtures the spiritual and artistic growth of children age four through grade five. Children periodically sing in worship services throughout the year. For more information please visit SecondChurch.org/ChildrensMusic or contact Carol Baker at (317) 253-6461 Ext. 356.