Thursday, September 1, 2016
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Dear RPC Elementary Families,
This coming Sunday, August 14 is RPC’s Fall Kick-Off! There is so much going on all day Sunday and I don’t want you to miss a beat! Below you will find everything you need to know about Children’s Ministry Kick-Off Sunday!
First, our regular Sunday School classes will begin this week! Children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade may be dropped off in the gym to meet their teachers and then the classes will head to their regular classrooms. Children may be picked up in their regular classrooms.
Fourth and Fifth Grade Students will meet in Classroom 211 on the Elementary Hallway. They will play games, have worship, and then break out into their classes for the lesson and to get to know their Sunday School teachers. 4th Grade students should be picked up in 211 and 5th grade students will be picked up in 226 and 227 (across the hall from 211).
Beginning August 21, all children will meet their teachers in the classroom on the elementary hallway.
Following Sunday School, please stop by the Gathering on the Colonnade outside the Courtyard and Sanctuary for some yummy treats and to learn about our upcoming year of onCore, our Wednesday evening program for children.
Please join us for the 11:15 service as well! During the Children’s Moment, Children will receive key chains to put on their backpacks and we will say a special blessing over the school year. Children do not need to bring their backpacks.
We will continue kicking-off the Fall from 3-5 p.m. at Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Rd., Roswell 30075. All are invited to help us kick-off RPC’s new program year! We will have live music, popsicles, games, and more! The Sprayground will be open for $2/person. We hope to see your family there!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am looking forward to seeing you Sunday and to a great year together!
Director of Children and Family Ministries
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
What an exciting summer it has been! We’ve played together at the pool, the movies, the mini-golf course, My Clayground, and the Sprayground, and we’ve certainly worshiped together during VBS, Word Wednesdays, many camps, and every Sunday (see below for some fun pictures). God has truly been at work in powerful ways through our fellowship and worship. Abby, our summer intern, and I have enjoyed spending an awesome summer with you and your children. Speaking of Abby, we are sad that she is ending her time with us this week in order to head back to the University of South Carolina for her sophomore year. Please join me in thanking her and praying for her. While it is sad that summer is coming to a close, we know that with every ending is a new beginning, and I am anticipating a wonderful beginning to the 2016-2017 year at RPC.
We have so much ahead of us and I want to make sure you don’t miss a thing! There are TWO really important events coming up that I want to make sure you have on your calendar!
First, our Fall Kick-Off is Sunday August 14, 2016, and our regular Sunday School classes will begin. Children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade may be dropped off in the gym to meet their teachers and then the classes will head to their regular classrooms. Children may be picked up in their regular classrooms. After the 14th, children will meet their teachers in the classroom. We are excited for a great year of Sunday School! We will continue kicking-off the school year from 3-5 p.m. at Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Rd., Roswell 30075. All are invited to help us kick-off RPC’s new program year! We will have live music, popsicles, games, and more! We hope to see you there!
Lastly, onCore begins August 24! onCore is our Wednesday Evening Fellowship program for children and families. Children through 5th grade and adults gather for food, fellowship, Bible study, choir and fun with their church family on Wednesday evenings during the school year. We do require at least one parent or guardian per participating family to volunteer. Fall term of onCore is August 24-November 16 and winter term is January 11-March 29. You can register for both terms at a discounted price or each term individually. Register Here!
Again, while it is sad summer is coming to an end, I am looking forward to a new school year, and I am confident God will be at work in abundant ways!
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Ready to beat the heat?! All Rising 1st-5th graders and their families are invited to join us for some cool Summer Family Fun at Aurora Cineplex! Cost is $10 per child (snack included) and $6.50 per adult (snack not included).RSVP by July 6, 2016 to Carrie@roswellpres.org. We hope you can join us!
Friday, June 17, 2016
What an incredible and amazing week we had at RPC's Cave Quest VBS! Each day was a great day full of singing, craft time, rec time, food, fellowship, and Bible time. We learned about the love of Jesus and how Jesus empowers His followers to share the Good News of that great love! It was awesome!
Announcements and Reminders:
, we invite all VBS children to lead us in worship through singing a couple of songs from the week. They will sing at the service. We would love to have you! Wear your VBS shirt and meet in the Children's Choir room at .
Penny Wars Winner: THE GIRLS! This week, our Penny Wars raised over $1500 to help the Utalan School in Chichicastenango, Guatemala buy books for their school library.
The 2016 RPC VBS Leadership Team
Saturday, June 11, 2016
VOLUNTEERS, THIS ONE’S FOR YOU!
Picture this (well, you don’t really have to since there is a picture above)! It’s noon on a Wednesday, prime lunch time, and we’re at our local Willy’s Mexicana Grill with 20ish rising 4th and 5th graders. Our goal is to hang out, have lunch, and have Bible study. But as you know anything with almost tweens is not going to go quite as planned! Between ordering that takes forever, mixing every drink together, and eating with friends (WITHOUT PARENTS!) by the time we get to Bible study, I’m not sure if we’ll get anywhere at all. But Abby, the Children’s Ministry intern, and I decide to give it a try. We explain that during the month of June, we are focusing on prayer. We read Jeremiah 33:3 and talk about the fact that God listens to us when we pray. We talk about how God wants us to pray and talk to God about everything in our lives…the big stuff, but also the little stuff. At the end, we give every child a prayer journal and challenge them to write (or color, draw, etc.) a prayer each day this summer. But as we leave, I wonder to myself if they really “get” it.
Fast forward to Wednesday this past week. It is noon so of course, I’m at Willy’s with the coolest loudest lunch gang ever. One student who was sitting across from me gets my attention. She holds up her prayer journal and says, “You know, when you gave these to us, I really didn’t think I would use mine. But it’s been really cool. I’ve already written 27 prayers. I’m talking to God so much more than I used to.” What? Really? Yes! I was reminded, again, that Children’s Ministry is a ministry of planting seeds. We are meeting them where they are, just like God meets us where we are. This is a reminder I needed, and as I reflected, I decided I wanted to share this with our volunteers as well. Because, let’s face it. Being a children’s ministry volunteer is hard. It’s wild; it’s crazy; it’s chaotic. Sometimes children’s ministry volunteers can wonder, “What difference am I making?" Let me tell you, you ARE making a difference. You are doing important work….being there for them, being consistent, being vessels of God’s love. They are watching. They are listening. They are learning. They are experiencing God…BECAUSE OF YOU.
I think this is an especially important message as we rapidly approach Vacation Bible School with 450 children and over 200 volunteers. Volunteers, whether you are walking children, teaching rec, craft, or Bible; you are doing important work. You may not always see the fruit of your labor, but know it is important; it is worthwhile, and it is making a difference. Thank you for sharing the love of Jesus with our children!!
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Let's SPLASH into summer! All Rising 4th and 5th Graders are invited to join us for our F2 Summer Kick-Off Pool Party Monday June 6, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. at the Newsom home, 915 Ferncroft Court, Roswell! We'll play games, enjoy yummy snacks, and celebrate the start of a great summer! Cost is $5. Register HERE by June 5 using the link provided! We hope to see you there!
*A lifeguard will be on duty!