West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Christian Education

Our Christian Education Programs include Sunday school for children and youth ages Preschool to 12th grade.  The children and youth worship in the sanctuary with their parents for the first part of our worship service.  On most Sundays the children and youth leave the service following the doxology to attend their Sunday school classes.  However, on the first Sunday of the month the children and youth remain in the worship service until after they have received communion.  The two younger elementary classes (preschool through fourth grade) participate in age appropriate exploration of the scripture.  The middle school class (5th-8th grade) alternates between periods of traditional exploration of the scripture and project based learning that includes researching a problem the youth see in the world using the bible, UMC statements, and current solutions to the problem.  The high school class typically uses the Living in Christ curriculum that integrates current events with our Christian faith.
Another part of our Christian Education program is a series of fellowship events offered during the year. 
Here is a list of this year's events: 
Fall Potluck and Outdoor Movie - Sept 29, 2018 at 6:00pm
Children's Room at the Holiday Fair - Dec 1, 2018 at 9am
Epiphany Winter Festival - Jan 6, 2019 at 11am
Easter Egg Hunt - April 21, 2019 at 8:30am
Women's Retreat - TBD
Spring Potluck and Outdoor Movie - TBD
and more!
If you have any questions about our Christian Education and family programs,
please contact Sarah Laflamme at christian-ed@wcumc.us.
Pentecost Picnic – June 9th

Come celebrate the birthday of the church and share in an afternoon of fellowship with your church family! Our Pentecost service will be geared towards all ages with children and youth worshiping with their families for the whole hour. Following the service, we will start with some large group games for all ages, then we will feast on hamburgers, hot dogs, and barbecue chicken provided by the Christian Education Committee. We invite veryone to bring a side dish to share!

Vacation Bible School 2019

Are you ready to travel to Athens, Greece?! During the week of July 29th through August 2nd from 9am to 12pm, we are inviting children (entering Kindergarten through 6th grade), youth and adults to travel to Athens to learn about Paul’s Adventures and what it was like to be a Christian during the time of the early church. Contact Sarah Laflamme for a registration form. Youth in middle school and high school are invited to be youth leaders with a wide variety of possible responsibilities. Finally, we need a few more adults to volunteer for a variety of roles to make Athens come to life. If you are interested in volunteering please contact, Sarah Laflamme.
What is happening in SS?

Last Day of Sunday School Lessons

The last day of Sunday school lessons will be June 2nd. Children and youth are encouraged to worship with their families over the summer as there will be a children’s message planned for every service over the summer!
Is God calling you to share your faith?
One way you can share your faith is to work with the children and youth of our church. The Christian Education Committee is already looking ahead to next year and is asking you to prayerfully consider if God is calling you to work with our older elementary and middle school youth on Sunday mornings. Please reach out to Sarah Laflamme or Harry Johnson if you are feeling called to engage in the church community this way.
Connecting with Christ
Corporate Worship Gives Us Strength
Over the summer, many of us will take time to go away on vacation which we need in order to refresh ourselves. However, it also makes it easy for us to get out of the discipline of engaging in corporate worship on Sunday mornings. Corporate worship is the spiritual discipline of joining together in worshiping God which gives us the strength to go out into the world in Jesus’ name. Will you make the commitment to worship this summer as part of your spiritual disciplines?
Christian Education News
If you have any questions or comments about our Christian Education Program please contact:
Sarah Laflamme Harry Johnson
Christian Education Director Chairperson, CE Committee
Christian-ed@wcumc.us hjohns24@csc.com
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