Children’s and Youth Sponsored Holiday 2023 Celebrations

Greetings St Thomas’s Family,

As we approach the season of Advent, I would like to invite you all to join me at a holiday gathering on December 17, 2023. The event will be in 3 parts. The first event will be a live Nativity at 12 noon. Please let me know if you or your child are interested in playing a part in staging this gift to the parish. Second event will be a parish-wide holiday cookie exchange at 12:30; all members of the parish are welcome and encouraged to participate.  Part Three of the celebration is a holiday party for children, youth and their grownups.  

To sign up for the cookie exchange and/or the holiday party, please use the links below.

Kids Party:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4CAAA62CAB9-46320308-stthomasCookie Exchange:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4CAAA62CAB9-46325666-stthomas

I look forward to celebrating with you!

Blessings,
Belinda Young-Payne

Family Church Sunday – October 29, 2023

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Family Church ChoirSince October 2023 has 5 Sundays, Family Choir will be Sunday, October 29, 2023 so that anyone in Sunday School can participate. Please arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. to the front choir area of the church.  Anyone who is interested will be welcomed; we are all part of this wonderful faith family.

No worries about your voice…come have a wonderful experience using it in worship!

See you at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday!

Thank you!
Marc Cheban, Organist and Choir Director

Trunk or Treat 2023

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Children’s Ministries will sponsor TRUNK OR TREAT 2023 on October 29, 2023 from approximately noon-2 p.m.. Families with children and/or youth of St. Thomas’s, St. Nicholas, and the surrounding community are invited to share an afternoon of fun and fellowship.

Parishioners are invited to decorate their cars, share treats, play games and do a craft or two for an afternoon. Parishioners with no children, who do not want to decorate a car can still get in on the fun by donating goodies or decorations for the event, by running a game or craft table, or by helping with set up or clean up!

Please sign up to indicate that you will attend, to reserve your parking spot (so you can park your decorated car), to donate edible or non-edible goodies, to run a craft or game table, and/or to help clean up or setup.

Blessings,
Belinda Young-Payne

Children’s Ministries 2023-24

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Greetings St.Thomas’s Community,

Children Come to MeThe first days of September 2023 mean “back to school” for many of us. At St. Thomas’s it means the start of the program year for Children’s Ministries. Our Sunday School team has planned a great year for our children and families, and I encourage everyone with children in grades kindergarten to 6th grade to register for this year’s program AND that you invite others to join us. (7th graders may join under special circumstances. Please contact Belinda.) 

Our Sunday School program kicks off on September 10, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. with registration, refreshments, and a parent meeting. Then Ms. Belinda will lead our first lesson at 10:30 a.m.  We also have some extra events planned throughout the year.  I have attached some information about our program and a calendar of already planned activities to this email. Paper copies of this information are also available at church or I can mail it to you.  Please let me know what if you have questions or need additional information.  I would love to share in this ministry with you. I can be reached at belmar43@aol.com.

In order to make it the best year ever, our ministry team needs more adults and post-confirmation teens to volunteer to help us. We have several roles to fill. You could volunteer to help on a regular basis, an occasional basis or just for an event. All are welcome.  Some of the roles include lead teacher, assistant teacher or classroom helper, event organizer, event helpers, family outing organizer, and Children’s Ministry Committee member.  Please let me know what interests you and what you are willing and able to do.  I would love to share in this ministry with you. I can be reached at belmar43@aol.com.

Please complete a registration form for your child who is in kindergarten to 6th grade for our Children’s Ministry program. This form will provide us with contact information and allow us to plan for the needs of your children.  Paper copies will be available on September 10 at church and in our classroom every week.

Please sign up to be a Leader or Assistant leader for Sunday School.

I look forward to seeing all of you soon! 

Blessings, Belinda Young-Payne

Children’s Ministries activities begin

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Children Come to MeHello Church,

Just a reminder:  St .Thomas’s Children’s Ministries activities begin this Sunday, September 10, 2023, with snacks, registration, and a parent meeting at 10:00 a.m. in the St. Thomas’s Undercroft.  After the parent meeting, we will have a shortened Sunday School session for our first day of Sunday School. We would love to have your children or you join us as participant or leader.

I will more details about our plans for this year!

Blessings,

Belinda Young-Payne

Children’s Ministries May 2023 Update

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Hello Church Family! We are fast approaching the end of a great program year for Children’s Worship. I am so happy that it has gone so well…but sad to see it end…but looking forward to summer. Anyway, for anyone who needs it, here is the schedule of offerings for the rest of the regular program year and through the summer.

May 14, 2023 Sunday School as usual

May 21, 2023 Last Day of Sunday School/Family Open House Breakfast (in the Undercroft) at 9:45 a.m.

May 28, 2023 Family Church Sunday/Pentecost

Beginning on June 3 through September 3, 2023, lectionary-based or seasonal activity bags will be available in the church for families with children. More info to come regarding Nursery.

Please feel free to contact me with questions or suggestions, or to volunteer to lead or host an activity.

Blessings,
Belinda Young-Payne

Loose change and loose plate cash

Sunday, April 2, 2023, is the First Sunday of the month and the loose (non-pledge) cash in the plate is directed to Friendship House.  Last Sunday, Kim Eppehimer from Friendship House joined us between the 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. services to tell us more about Friendship House and answer questions.  It was a treat to have her with us!

Additionally, Noisy Sundays continue.  Throughout Lent, the Sunday school children will have a noisy collection in all Sunday services. Members are encouraged to find your spare change at home and bring it in. During the week, the change bucket will be available for rattling and donations in the lobby. The more “noise” the change makes the better! (They will even accept money that is not so noisy!) The proceeds will go to a charity to be selected. Some of their ideas include: 

• A local school’s Donors’ Choice 

• School lunch debt 

• Medical debt 

• Micro-loans 

You will be updated as this project progresses. Please let Fr. Howie know if any of these choices jump out to you or if you have another suggestion to give Children’s Ministries.

Thank you for your continued support of these ministries.  Regardless of your ability to give we are grateful to have you with us – in person or online!

Good Friday 2023 Offering for Children and Families

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We had such a wonderful time last year. St. Thomas’s Children’s Ministries is once again offering a Holy Week inspired event for children ages 4-11 and their families on Good Friday.  See the flyer for the event. This Good Friday Gathering for Children and Families will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will include a snack.

I hope that many of our families with children will include this event in your Holy Week calendar. It will be a great way to allow your child to fellowship with friends and to experience Holy Week with developmentally appropriate activities. 

Please feel free to share this information with friends who do not attend St. Thomas’s and with other churches with whom you may be affiliated. We love visitors!!  Anyone can RSVP online, use contact information on the flyer, or contact me via email or phone. 

ALSO, If you are an adult who is willing to help with activities, that would be great. Please let me know that too. 

RSVP for Children’s Event:      https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4CAAA62CAB9-stthomas6
Share Good Friday Children’s flyer with friends!

Blessings, 

Belinda Young-Payne

Noisy Sundays – bring your change!

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We are collecting loose change! The kids will have cans to shake and make some NOISE!

This Sunday, and throughout Lent, the Sunday school children will have a noisy collection in all Sunday services. Members are encourage to find your spare change at home and bring it in. During the week, the change bucket will be available for rattling and donations in the lobby. The more “noise” the change makes the better! (They will even accept money that is not so noisy!)

The proceeds will go to a charity to be selected. Some of their ideas include:
• A local school’s donors’ choice
• School lunch debt
• Medical debt
• Micro-loans

You will be updated as this project progresses. Please let Fr. Howie know if any of these choices jump out to you, or if you have another suggestion to give the kids.