Women’s Fall Brunch
We held our annual fall Women’s Brunch on November 5. Janet Bratt was our main speaker. She spoke from her heart, and shared part of her story and how God is at work in her life. Sarah Thomson sang a lovely solo with her mom, Alicia, accompanying her on the piano. There were about 100 ladies present. Jim Heeks and his team served a delicious brunch. All around, it was a great time of being together. Thank you to everyone who made this year’s brunch a success!
Family Story Hour
Pearce families, we have some fun events coming this Christmas season at Pearce! Mark your calendars for our next Family Fun Night on Wednesday, December 28, at 7pm. This will be our annual Family Kickball Night. Also, you can join us for our Family Story Hour on Wednesday night, December 14. This is a fun event for the whole family! We will begin the evening singing several well-known Christmas songs together, then Pastor Wally will read a couple of Christmas stories to the children—everyone enjoys the way he brings the characters to life. We’ll then end the evening with a cookie reception in the Family Life Center.
Can you believe that in about two months (January 2017), we will begin preparations for VBS 2017?! The theme for 2017 is “Maker Fun Factory: Created by God, Built for a Purpose.” Mark your calendars for the week of June 26-29. As you pray for VBS, ask God how he wants you to serve—VBS is a great ministry for the children in our church and also in our community.
Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas! Thank you for the prayers and support you give the children’s ministry at Pearce!
I cannot believe how fast fall has come upon us! I want to update you on what is happening in our kids’ ministry. The big change is regarding nursery and Kid’s Worship. Little Kids’ Worship, for 4 & 5-year-olds/Kindergarteners, will meet on Sundays in the Blue Room (nursery wing) during the 10:30 worship service. Kindergarten is a big transition year. We believe allowing the kids to be in their own program during the worship service is a great option, as some kindergarteners are not quite ready to sit through an entire service.
Please note that the 4-year-old Sunday school class will be held in the Blue Room (nursery wing). The Kindergarten/1st Grade Sunday school class will meet in Room 36 (pre-school wing—yellow door). If you would like your Kindergartener to attend Little Kid’s Worship after Sunday school, you will need to sign them out of their Sunday school class, take them to the nursery wing, and sign them into Little Kid’s Worship.
I am also excited about our Wednesday night kids’ programs that meet from 6:30-8pm. Again, the 4 & 5-year-olds/Kindergarteners are meeting in the nursery wing. Grades 1-4 meet in Parmerter Chapel for nights of fun games every fourth week, followed by three weeks of movie theater night featuring Superbook Explorer—an exciting new video series that brings God’s Word to life. Downstairs in the Fellowship Hall and Room 67, our 5th & 6th graders meet to have fun and grow in Christian community.
We have a fun year planned and want the kids of Pearce to experience intergenerational faith, learning through our Family Nights and worship services, as well as having opportunities to learn the story of scripture with their own age group through Wednesday night programs and Sunday school.
Pearce has an amazing team of adults (young and old) who are teaming up to be teachers and leaders with our kids. Please be praying for Pearce Kids’ Ministry. If you have any questions, please contact me or Rita Dean, Pearce’s nursery coordinator.
VBS 2016, “Cave Quest: Following Jesus The Light of the World”
Between the kids and our volunteer helpers, we had a full church the week of VBS! Many children made first time commitments to Jesus, as well as those who said they would continue to be committed to following Jesus. Some of the many highlights were our mission moments, given by Sue Smout. The kids raised $1,500 to help build a classroom in Nzige, Rwanda. Sue, along with three other women from our church, just returned home from a misson trip to Nzige. In September, they will be sharing what God is doing in the pre-school there. I am thankful to the Lord that VBS was a week where members of our community came together as the body of Christ, for the purpose of seeing the lives of children impacted for Jesus—not only here in our community, but half way around the world in Nzige, too! A big thank you goes to all who helped! There was no small task—everyone worked together to help this amazing program come together. Save the date for VBS 2017 here at Pearce: June 26-29.
Take a look at the theme for 2017!
Women’s Retreat: “Awaken My Soul”
A women’s retreat took place in August at Lighthouse Christian Camp. Twenty-six ladies braved the high humidity, and we all had a great time. Colleen Dick started off the day with a wonderful reflection/teaching on “Awaken My Soul.” Gina Spears spoke in the afternoon, giving a challenge to the women. In between, the ladies were able to spend time with God in reflection, journaling, in fellowship, eating lunch, and enjoying a group walk. Our day ended with Colleen giving opportunities for the ladies to share what they were taking away from the day.
The next big women’s event will be our Fall Brunch. Janet Bratt will be the guest speaker that day. Save the date: Saturday, November 5, at 10am.
What Is Ahead
Children’s Sunday School for the 2016-2017 school year will begin on September 18, but all of my teacher positions are not filled! I still need co-teachers/helpers for several grades. Teaching in a Sunday school class setting is a great way to impact kids’ lives on a weekly basis. Please contact me at email@example.com if you are able to help or would like to learn more.
Wednesday night programs for kids begin on September 14, from 6:30-8pm. These programs provide an opportunity to build relationships with children, while having fun and learning in Christian community. Please contact me if you are interested in serving in our Wednesday night ministries.
Please be praying as together we move into a new year of ministry!
VBS is coming! Pearce’s Cave Quest VBS is coming Monday-Thursday, June 27-30. (This year’s VBS is only four days due to the 4th of July holiday weekend.) Cave Quest is an over-the-top underground adventure where kids will be grounded in the rock-solid foundation of God’s love, a love that takes us through life’s dark times. Kids will spend each day spelunking through activity stations with their Cave Crews (small groups of up to 5 kids and one leader), where they will participate in exciting music, crafts, games, stories, snacks, and more! Invite your friends and neighbors to join you for this great adventure.
There are several things you can do to help this ministry:
- We appreciate your prayers for the kids and the volunteer staff.
- Don’t forget to register your child if you have not done so. Registration deadline is Thursday, June 23, so please register today! You can download forms below or pick them up at the VBS kiosk in the Pearce atrium.
- Volunteer to be a crew leader! We still need 13 crew leaders to help our kids have a safe and meaningful experience.
- Donations are coming in! Thank you for signing up to help out!
If you have any questions, please stop by the VBS kiosk in the atrium this weekend to review opportunities/needs and find out how you can help. Contact Krys Merriam, our VBS director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Pastor Kathy at email@example.com with questions or interest.
Childcare Registration 2016 (for children of volunteers)
VBS 2016 is almost here! On June 27, Pearce’s doors will be open to about 300 kids who are ready to discover what it means to “Follow Jesus, the Light of the World!” There are two things we need for this ministry:
- We need crew leaders to lead small groups of children to various stations during the week. If you can help, please contact Krys Merriam, our VBS director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 709-1372.
- We need people committed to praying for our kids, crew leaders, station leaders, and other volunteers. The Wednesday of VBS week is “salvation day,” where the Gospel of Jesus is clearly explained to the kids.
Sunday, May 15, will be a special service of baptism. In this picture, you see an empty tank that will soon be filled with water. Currently, 12 young people have expressed a desire to be baptized. Each one will be sharing a testimony of loving Jesus and a desire to make a public confession of that love from that tank. Here are just a few examples:
*One preteen shared she received Jesus in Sunday school.
*Another preteen shared he received Jesus at one of our Wednesday night ministry programs.
*Another preteen shared how she was drawn to God through the music in the worship service.
There are nine other amazing stories from our baptismal candidates that will bless you deeply when you hear them. Be sure to come to the special Service of Baptism at Pearce on Sunday, May 15, at 10:30am.
Be praying for these young people, and if God is tugging on your heart to be baptized, it is not too late! Please contact the church and any of the pastors can talk with you about this.
2015-2016 Kids’ Ministry at Pearce has been awesome! One of the big reasons for this is the adult teachers and volunteers we have had. I am now preparing to build the team for next school year. Would you prayerfully consider working with our kids this coming school year? I am looking for Sunday school teachers, Camp Wednesday teachers/leaders, and a Kids’ Bag team.
The baptismal testimonies mentioned above are perfect examples of young lives changed when adults take the time to be a leader, teacher, or volunteer in kids ministry. Please contact me if you’d like to volunteer or if you have questions about any of our ministries and what would be involved in helping.
Please be praying for the kids and youth of our church. They are an amazing group of people and God’s story is becoming the center of their story.
Blessings to you as we serve Jesus together!
Family Night at Pearce:
I am very excited about the Family Nights Pearce has been hosting each month. The January Family Night was “Human Hungry Hippos.” If you were there, you know how much fun it was! At the end of February, we held Life Size Angry Birds and it was another fun family night. The kids were excited and had lots of fun being together. It is amazing how God brought these events about. Dave Mantegna is the key leader and mastermind of these nights. He has had a vision of doing something that would bring families into the church to have fun together where casual conversations about God and life happen. Dave has gathered some families to be part of the planning. The next two are planned for March and April. Plan to come out and have some fun as a family. You may have some great ideas for future family nights. I would encourage you to talk to Dave, he is always looking for new ideas! Be praying that God would use this ministry in the lives of the families of our church.
I am thankful for the ministry of Kids’ Worship. During the season of Lent, the kids are receiving messages about Easter. Over these next several weeks, each child is making their own “Easter Story Box.” It is a fun, hands-on way to teach the Easter story. I am encouraging them to use their completed story box to teach the story of Easter to their family and friends. The picture above shows the contents of each Easter Story Box. Another important thing we do together in Kids’ Worship is to pray. At the beginning of our time together, the kids share their requests. This past Sunday, many of the kids asked for prayer for their Dads. It is amazing to hear what is on their hearts; it gives insight into the concerns they carry.
Easter Egg Hunt:
Get ready for our first Pearce Easter egg hunt on Wednesday, March 23, from 6:30-8pm! This is our regular time for Wednesday Kids’ Ministry: Camp Wednesday and Collide 56. If you have never been to a Wednesday night, this would be a great night to come. We will divide the kids into three groups: preschool, K-4th grade, and 5th&6th grade. The church building will be our egg hunting ground. At the end of our night together, Pastor Wally will share an Easter devotion with the kids.
My desire as a children’s pastor is for our kids at Pearce to fall in love with Jesus and know that He has a plan for each day of their lives. When I made my first commitment to Jesus, I was 13 years old. It was life-changing for me. I remember decisions I made as a teenager because I loved Jesus. Decades later, I still love Jesus and desire the hearts of our children to love Him, too!
May our families experience the love of Jesus and the power of His Resurrection this Easter season!
Happy New Year! We have had an incredible year of ministry and I want to thank all of you who have volunteered to work with our kids in 2015. I am looking forward to what God has ahead for us in 2016. This month, we begin planning meetings for VBS 2016. We are using Group Publishing’s VBS curriculum, “Cave Quest: Following Jesus, The Light Of The World.”
Krys Merriam is our VBS director this year. She has a vision and a passion for this ministry. Krys grew up at Pearce and has years of memories as a VBS participant; to see her as a leader now is exciting! Please be praying for Krys and the entire VBS team and also how God would want you to be involved this year.
Parents, pictured above are two creative tools you can use to get your kids into God’s Word this year. The first tool is called Our Daily Bread for Kids: Meaningful Moments with God. I handed these out in Kids’ Bags on Sunday, January 3. If you weren’t here that Sunday, I still have copies left, just let me know if you would like one. This devotional is a 30-day adventure. Every day, your child is given a scripture to search out, a story to read, and a fun fact of the day.
The second tool pictured is an app you can download—I downloaded it on my smart phone. It takes your child through all of the major stories in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. When I showed my sister-in-law this app over Christmas break, she immediately downloaded it on her iPad for her two little ones! The adult Bible app of this particular version is great, too. It gives you great devotion ideas for advent, lent, and everyday life.
These are great tools that I would encourage you to check out.
I pray that we, as a church, would see God move mightily in the midst of our children this year. Thank you again to all who pray and give of their time to teach the kids at Pearce!
December is here!
I want to highlight our Family Story Hour on Wednesday, December 16, from 6:30-8pm in Parmerter Chapel. This is a fun night for families to be together! Pastor Wally has the stories picked out already. After the stories are read, we’ll move to the Family Life Center for a cookie and toy reception in the Family Life Center. Each child (through 6th grade) who attends will receive a wooden toy from the Pearce Toy Makers. I am looking for volunteers to bring in cookies for this event. If you are able to do so, please email or call me and let me know how many cookies you plan to bring.
The Advent season is a special time of the year.
However, it can be a challenge to keep our focus on Jesus. We seem to get wrapped up (no pun intended!) in the giving, receiving, parties, special dinners, etc. For others, it is a painful and lonely time of the year. One of my devotional readings last week was titled, “Have you lost Jesus in the busyness of Christmas?” One way to keep from losing Jesus is to intentionally spend time with Him. I would encourage you to check out the three books Pastor Wally has recommended for Pearce reads this Advent season. Two of the books are great for families to read together; and one is a book you might want to read alone during your personal devotional time. If you find this time of year painful or lonely, I invite you to come and fellowship with our Pearce families on December 16, during the Family Story Hour. There is peace in watching Jesus work through our kids.
As you can see in the pictures above, Kids’ Worship is moving along! During Kids’ Worship, the kids are released from the sermon portion of our 10:30 Sunday service to have their own lesson in Parmerter Chapel. During Kids’ Worship we also take time to pray. (Notice one picture has a list of prayer requests we prayed for this past week.) The kids are eager to share what is on their hearts to be prayed for. Currently, our lessons are working through the stories of Genesis. This past Sunday, I taught the kids how to make a snake out of dish soap. I have already heard some went home to experiment! My hope for this teaching time is to engage the kids in the stories of the Bible and to teach them, in a practical way, what it means to pray for one another.
On December 20, the kids of Pearce will be participating in our inter-generational worship service by singing with the adult choir. Over the next couple of months, Mary Price, who faithfully sings with preschool-2nd grade Sunday School classes each week, will also lead the first part of Kids’ Worship to practice the Christmas songs they will be singing on that special day.
Because Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner, it is a great time in the church calendar to be inviting neighbors and friends to come and visit us. There are opportunities for the whole family to come, fellowship, and learn. In the recent words of one little boy in my kids’ program to his mom, “Mom, we had fun and learned about God, too!”
If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please feel free to contact me at petteys_kathleen@pearce church.org.
Blessings, and as always, thank you for praying for Kids’ Ministry at Pearce!
Kids’ Ministry programs have started at Pearce
We are off to a great start! Thank you to all of our teachers, helpers, and volunteers. In Sunday School and Kids’ Worship, we have started the year off by studying the creation story. I want to encourage you as parents to be asking your kids questions about what they are learning, what they are struggling to understand, etc.
On Wednesday nights, we are continuing with Camp Wednesday for the K-4th graders: including fun games, a craft, and time around the campfire for stories kids can relate to their own faith journeys. When talking about Camp Wednesday to his mom, one little boy said, “Mom, I had fun playing games and we got to learn about God, too!” The same Wednesday night format is going on for our 5th and 6th graders, too, and we have new kids coming! Please be praying for these important ministries.
I can’t forget Kids’ Gym! The picture above is of Emme coming to her first Kids’ Gym, looking out and seeing all the toys and other kids.
Yancy was here in concert on September 11 and we all had a great time. Yancy provided an opportunity for our children to sing and dance unto the Lord. The kids were up at the altar, having a great time. One little girl was overheard saying, “It was a happy singing night!” Thank you for all who give to the ministry of the church. Because of your gracious giving, I did not have to charge for tickets to this concert; our doors were wide open for a free event! If you missed the concert or would like to purchase Yancy music, check out yancyministries.com—she offers CDs and music videos that would make great Christmas presents.
Our fall is full of ministry opportunities. Thank you to all who are praying, giving, and volunteering to make things happen here at Pearce—Jesus is being glorified!