West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Christian Education

 Coming Soon!

2018-2019 Children and Youth Programs!
It’s that time of year! All of the children and youth (and even some adults!) are going back to school and getting settled into fall routines and with that comes the start of our children and youth programs. On September 9th, our Sunday morning programs will start with worship in the sanctuary for all ages at 9:30am and at the beginning of October, our youth groups will start. Keep an eye out for more information about the youth group activities!
Fall Movie Night and Potluck Supper
The Christian Education Committee invites you to our Fall Outdoor Movie Night and Potluck Supper on September 29th at 6pm! After the potluck at 6pm we will show a movie about a man and his penguins which is also a book! As always concessions will be on sale during the movie! Don’t forget a chair or blanket (or two) to sit on and keep warm with!
What’s happening in SS?

Sunday School Registration Forms
If your child was registered last year for any of our children and youth programs, a pre-filled out registration form is on its way to you this week. Please make any necessary changes to your child’s information and sign and date the form(s). Then you can either mail the forms into the church office or bring the forms to church on September 9th. Members of the Christian Education Committee will be available that morning to collect the forms starting at 9:00am.

Worship Participation
Our Sunday morning programs for children and youth start with worship in the sanctuary at 9:30am. The children and youth are invited to participate in the worship service by standing and singing/humming to hymns, joining the congregation in prayers and the call to worship, or creating worship art with the paper and crayons that are available in the back of the sanctuary. In addition, children/youth are invited to participate by collecting the offering, leading the call to worship, lighting the candles at the beginning of the worship service, or leading the hand motions during the doxology. If your child/youth would like to participate in the services, please contact Sarah Laflamme.

Connecting with Christ
Too busy to pray?
An integral part of our relationship with Christ is daily prayer, but many of us find ourselves too busy to. Here are some suggestions from umc.org that will help us move toward a deeper prayer life:
 Make prayer a priority – “Those hoping to find time for prayer will likely fail. You have to make time.”
 Find a sacred space – In addition to making time to pray, it is suggested that we have a sacred place to pray in.
 Remove distractions – During your chosen prayer time turn off the T.V., the cell phone, the computer, etc.
 Pray with others – Praying as a family or with a prayer group can keep you motivated.
 Use resources – The Upper Room provides resources like daily devotions and the online Living Prayer Center.
 Use different methods – Remember there is no right way to pray including silent prayer, musical prayer, etc.
 Keep going! – Change takes time, when you fall short, forgive yourself and keep going!
 Keep going! – Change takes time, when you fall short, forgive yourself and keep going!
Sarah Laflamme Harry Johnson
Christian Education Director     Chairperson, CE Committee
Christian-ed@wcumc.us     johnson3rd@verizon.net
978-320-4090      978-251-8587