Brian Henning, Diaconal Intern
We are just a month away from heading back to school, beginning fall schedules, and rebooting all of our ministry programs here at Shepherd of the Hills. I am getting very excited for seeing everyone back together again on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. Here is a quick preview and some important dates as we move towards beginning our academic year programs.
WAM will begin this fall on September 12 at 6:30pm. We will gather in our new WAM Room (formally known as the Youth Room). With the departure of Angie and Greta as our esteemed assistants, we will be needing lots of volunteers to help run some small group activities. If this is something you are interested in, please contact Brian.
WAM continues to get better and better as we work to build a fun and exciting space for our kids to learn about God’s love for them. This year, we will be trying a new model for education modeled similarly to our VBS week. Each Wednesday, we will gather for an opening Worship time of music and story-telling. Then, we will explore the Bible story through fun stations that will engage various styles of learning. We will also provide some occasional times for our 5th grade class to explore faith and leadership in the Church in a special small group class. This year will be filled with many opportunities for faith formation and fellowship with each other.
Kids’ Time and Preschool Connection
On Sunday mornings, we will continue to offer educational times for our kids. During Worship, our elementary aged kids are invited to join a member of the congregation in the chapel for Kids’ Time. During this time, we continue our dive into the story and into our faith life together.
Then, we continue our practice of Preschool Connection. This time is an opportunity for families with preschool aged kids to connect, share stories and insights, and learn how to grow in faith together as a family. We will meet between the worship services for 20 minutes in the Adult Forum Room. Cookies, coffee, and lemonade are strongly encouraged to be enjoyed during this time together.
Kids’ Time begins on September 9 during Worship. Preschool Connection begins September 23 between the two Worship services.
More to Come
We will have many more dates and scheduled events to come in our Fall Programming Information Packet. Be sure to keep an eye out for that. In this packet, we will have information about WAM Choir performance dates, fellowship events, and so much more.
I am so excited to see everyone together again and look forward to our time together to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with each other through our learning, fellowship, and presence with each other.