Sunday School - WPC Kids

Sunday School is provided for children in preschool through middle school. WPC Kids is for ages 4 through 10. Middle school students meet in the Youth Room on Sunday mornings. High school students are welcome to enjoy worship with their families or are welcome to help out with the younger kids.
 

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Our Christian Education program seeks to instill the knowledge and love of God and Jesus Christ through scripture, prayer and practice. We teach our children skills that help them live according to Jesus' teachings, such as "Love one another as yourself" and "love God with all your heart, soul and mind." We encourage appreciation of the diversity among God's children and the wonder of all God's creation. We want our children and youth to know and experience God's unconditional love and acceptance here at Westminster and beyond.
 
Parent's Corner

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Hi Parents,

We hope you like our new WPC-Kids page.  Please check back frequently to learn about upcoming events, announcements, family activities and opportunities to help out in your child's classroom. If you would like to learn about what we are studying or if you missed a week, below are our lessons for the second half of our school year. If you are interested in teaching one of our grade level classes, please click on the button below to sign-up online. For more information about teaching in our Sunday School, please  contact Coral Kisseberth, Sunday School Coordinator at: or Pastor Bethany Nelson at: .  

Sunday School Sign Up

Announcements:

Throughout the month of January,  our Sunday School classes will be collecting new men's socks to donate to our REST guests. Plain white athletic/crew socks preferred. Look for their colorful signs and collection bin near Findlay Hall.

Council of Dads: This group meets the 4th Thursday of each month for a light supper and discussion of issues facing dads of all ages. offering access to ideas and voices of experience in an informal and collegial setting. This is a nice opportunity to deepen relationships with a cross-section of WPC men. The next meeting is Thursday, January 25th at 6:00 pm. For more information contact Peter Sayers at:

 

Family Activities:

Throughout the year, there are a number of family events including the Harvest Festival, Advent Workshop and Jerusalem Marketplace. There is also a variety of children's seasonal mission projects such as collecting food items, warm socks and Christmas gifts for Ritter Center families. Check our Events/Calendar for latest events.

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Lessons

Winter 2017-2018: Journeys with Jesus

 

Fun Stuff to Do at Home
At Home Activities
Week of December 3, 2017

Make a card or gift for someone who needs comfort.

Did you know?  Isaiah was comforting the people while they were exiles in Babylon. Prayer: Shepherding God, draw us near to you that we may know your comfort. Amen.

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Week of December 10, 2017

John the Baptist ate wilderness foods: locusts and wild honey. Eat a meal or snack using local foods.

Prayer: God, as Christmas approaches, help us to remember that sharing your love is more important than getting perfect presents. Amen.

 ingathering

December 17, 2017

Mary's prayer included the words, "God has filled the hungry with good things." Gather up nonperishable food items to take to a food bank.

Did you know? The name Elizabeth means "God's promise."   Prayer: Thank you, God, for giving us the ability to make wise choices.  Amen.

food bank

Week of December 24, 2017

Share favorite Christmas memories with your family and/or friends. Is there a new tradition you would like to start this year?

Did you know?  Augustus was a title rather than the name of the Roman emperor. His official name was Gaius Julius Caesar.  Prayer: Thank you, God, for calling us from around the world into one body. Amen.

 Christmas

Week of December 31, 2017

The angels sang about peace on earth. Draw or paint an example of what that might look like.

Prayer: Loving God, we welcome you into our hearts and home today. Amen.

 child drawing

January 7, 2018

Jesus calls us to follow him. Discuss with your family and/or friends what it means to follow Jesus. 

Did you know?  The fish caught by Simon and Andrew were probably salted and dried to preserve them.  Prayer: Help us, God, to work together to connect others to your love. Amen

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January 14, 2018

Share with your family the best thing a friend ever did for you.

Did you know?  Palestinian houses had flat roofs made of reeds covered with mud? The mud dried to tile-like hardness. Prayer: God, thank you for friends who support us in times of struggle. Amen.

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January 21, 2018

Jesus healed many people who were sick. Prepare a meal for someone in your neighborhood or church who has been sick. Be sure to check for any food allergies first.

Did you know?  Jesus was speaking Aramaic when he said "Talitha cum."  Prayer: God, help us love and care for each other. Amen.

food prep

January 28, 2018

Jesus prayed on a mountainside. Choose an outdoor place to pray today. If you are not sure about what or how to pray, simply sit in quiet and listen.

Prayer: Thank you, God, for comforting us in times of fear and doubt. Amen.

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February 4, 2018

Look at a world map online. Point to a location. Say, "God's love is for the people of________________(name of place)." Do this for several different locations.

Did you know? The area around Tyre was famous for purple dyes made from shellfish.  Prayer: God, we are your children. Help us to remember that everyone is important to you. Amen.

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February 11, 2018

Skip rope, color a picture, or play a children's game with your family and/or friends.

Prayer: God, your love is for all people, young and old. Inspire us to love as you do.  Amen.

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February 18, 2018

Some choices are harder than others. Ask your family and/or friends "would you rather" questions. For example: "would you rather eat ice cream or play games?"

Prayer:  God, help us to spend more time caring for people than worrying about things we have or want. Amen.

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February 25, 2018

Option 1 - Show love to others by making a point to say hello to everyone you meet this week.

Option 2 - Take a walk together in your neighborhood. Take along a bag and pick up litter as a way to care for neighbors.

Prayer:  God, help us to remember that you love us and we love you. Amen.


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Ideas for Family Worship

Some worshipful experiences for families:

 

DAILY

  • Mornings, share with each family member the plans, hopes, and projects for the day. Pray for each other and leave the house knowing the prayers of the others are with you.
  • After School or Dinner or Bedtime, share the events of the day - was there a time when you felt God's presence - the sense of the prayers of your family with you.

WEEKLY

Set aside some time when all family members can be present. Learn a church song, write a prayer, read some scripture, share a special event during the week when God's presence was felt. Use silence so each membe can share his or her most personal fears, desires, and thank yous with God.

OUTDOORS

When on drives, at the store, the ballgame, while on vacation, working in the yard or garden - look around, closely examine a plant, tree, flower. Look around at the hills, meadows, ocean, and forest, to see the wonders. Lie on your back and look at the stars or clouds in the heavens. Worship God in nature.

SEASONAL

During Advent, Lent, do something special for another family member. As a family do something for someone else - an elderly person shut-in. Plan a worship service for the family. Include God in birthdays; thank God for the special person, using song, poetry, prose, and prayer.