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Sunday School Kick-Off and Leader Meet & Greet

Children from preschool through 5th grade will MOVE UP to their next grade on Sun, Aug. 17. It's going to be another great year!

As you drop off children this Sunday, please do 3 things... First, sign your kids in at the long table, as always, so we know who is in Sunday school. Second, head to each of your kids' small group rooms to register them for Sunday school. Sign-out will be from this room each week. You can print and fill out a registration form ahead of time, if you like. We will also have forms available that morning. We'll need one form for each child. Finally, please take a minute to get to know your child's small group leader.

3 Year-Olds, 4 Year-Olds & Kindergarten will start in the Blue Room (Rm. 110) for opening activities and Large Group. Because the First Look curriculum is better suited for kindergarten-aged kids than the 252 Basics, its a good shift to include them in the First Look Large Group. The kindergartners will go to small group in the Orange Room (Rm. 111), while the 3- and 4-year-olds will stay for small group in the Blue Room. Sign-out will be from the Orange or Blue room.

1st & 2nd Grade will start in the Large Group room (Rm. 114) for songs and the story, and then go to small group in the Red Room (Rm. 123). Sign-out will be from the Red Room.

3rd & 4th Grade will start in the Large Group Room (Rm. 114), and then go to small group in the Yellow Room (Rm. 112). Sign-out will be from the Yellow Room. Although 3rd and 4th grades are combined for Sunday school class, 3rd graders (as always) will be given Bibles (more information will be coming soon).

5th Grade will start in the Large Group room (Rm. 114), and then go to the Purple room (Rm. 113) for small group. Since 5th grade is a transitional year, 5th graders will now be a separate Sunday school class. Our hope is that we can give them some extra special attention this year as they finish up elementary school and head into middle school.

Sign-In and Sign-out Procedures: In an effort to keep our children safe, we ask that parents sign their kids in and out of Sunday School. A welcome kiosk is at the end of the education hallway by the Library. This kiosk has clipboards for each class. Children need a parent to sign them in before they can head down for Large and Small Group.


 

Focusing on Prayer


Throughout the scriptures – both the Old Testament and the New – we are given many different instructions on how to pray. We are encouraged to pray together and alone. During this summer we spent 6 weeks looking at how we can connect with God through prayer. We also spent some time during worship each week practicing different types of prayer. As we go forward, we have created some new ways for us as a congregation to keep our focus on prayer:

  • On non-communion Sundays we will provide an opportunity to pray at the altar, so you can spend some time on bended knee in communion with God. On communion Sundays we will continue to come to the altar to receive communion and pray.
  • Each Sunday we will announce a prayer focus for each of us to lift up throughout the week (see below). 
  • We will soon have 2 prayer boxes for everyone who comes to St. John’s to use, including the outside groups who use our building and grounds. One will be in Fellowship Hall inside the building and the other will be installed by the ball field. The prayer requests that we receive in these boxes will not go on the prayer chain, so we can assure confidentiality.
  • We are looking for a few people to participate on a prayer team that would meet weekly to pray over the requests we receive in the prayer boxes. They will also pray about the guidance of the Holy Spirit for us as individuals, and as a faithful Body of Christ. Please sign-up at the Servant Center if you are interested in this new prayer ministry.
     
  • We will also continue to have our St. John's email prayer chain, which is an active ministry of about 100 people praying for requests that are brought to our attention.

We hope these will provide us all more opportunities to pray throughout the week, and be in communication with God. If you have other ideas or suggestions, please come speak to me. ~ Pastor Sheryl
 
 



Each week we will announce a church-wide prayer focus. This is something we ask you to lift up in your prayers as you go through your week.

Week of Aug. 17: Our thoughts and prayers have been centered on the family of Michael Brown and community of Ferguson, MO. We want to continue to lift them up in the upcoming week. 
 
Week of Aug. 10: As summer comes to a close and the kids (& adults, too!) prepare to return to school, we want to lift up all our students and teachers in prayer. We will also bless their backpacks in both services on Sunday. Students of all ages are invited to bring their backpacks to church. This is our way to start our school year with fresh beginning, surrounded by God's grace and love.

Week of Aug. 3: Our prayer focus is the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This remains the worst documented Ebola outbreak in history and there is no indication when the virus will be contained.