GCBC Children’s Newsletter – Lent 2016

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY REMINDERS!!!
LENT EDITION!!  
Make sure you check out what’s going on!! Email Pastor Brian at
brian@grandincourtbaptist.org if you have any questions.
Upcoming Events Overview
February 14 – First Sunday of Lent – WELCOME – 9am & 11am
February 19 – Family Game Night & Cookie Baking – 6pm
February 20 – Saturday Serve – 10am
February 21 – Second Sunday of Lent – GRACE – 9am & 11am
February 21-28 – Family Promise
February 28 – Third Sunday of Lent – GIVE – 9am & 11am
March 6 – Fourth Sunday of Lent – LISTEN – 9am & 11am
March 13 – Fifth Sunday of Lent – INVITE – 9am & 11am
March 18 – Family Game Night – 6pm
March 20 – PALM/PASSION SUNDAY – PREPARE – 9am & 11am
March 22 – Lenten Dinner – 6:00pm
March 23 – Lenten Dinner – 6:00pm
March 24 – Maundy Thursday – Lenten Dinner – 6:00pm
March 25 – Good Friday – Lenten Dinner – 6:00pm
March 26 – Easter Egg Hunt – 11:00am
March 27 – EASTER – OPEN – 9:30am Breakfast – 10:30am Worship
March 30-April 2 – South Carolina Mission Trip
April 1 – Deadline for PASSPORTKids!
April 3 – Second Sunday of Easter – WONDER – 9am & 11am
April 10 – Third Sunday of Easter – FEED – 9am & 11am
April 15 – Family Game Night
April 17 – Fourth Sunday of Easter – EAT – 9am & 11am
April 18-30 – Brian @ Faith Forward Conference & Vacation
April 24 – Fifth Sunday of Easter – DRINK – 9am & 11am
May 14 – GCBC 5K & 10K
May 20 – Family Game Night – 6pm
May 30 – GCBC Church Picnic & Kickball Game (sponsored by youth)
June 5-12 – Brian on Vacation
June 12-19 – Family Promise
June 17-20 – PASSPORTKids at Eagle Eyrie
June 26-July1 – PASSPORT Youth in Greensboro
July 28-31 – Family Sabbath School
August 27 – Grandin Globes Mission Celebration
October 30 – Trunk or Treat

The Welcome Table by Jan Richardson
LENT at GCBC 2016 – 
The Table

This Lenten Season as we gather around THE TABLE just like Jesus did with sinners, outcasts, followers, and his disciples. Christ sets a table before us and invites us to join him there. Join us as we rediscover the gift of fellowship, story-based faith, and the fullness of life as God intends it.

February 14 – WELCOME – Luke 5:27-32
February 21 – GRACE – Luke 7:36-50
February 28 – GIVE – Luke 9:10-17
March 6 – LISTEN – Luke 10:38-42
March 13 – INVITE – Luke 14:15-24
March 20 – PALM/PASSION SUNDAY – PREPARE – Luke 22:7-13
March 27 – EASTER – OPEN – Luke 24:13-35
April 3 – WONDER – Luke 24:36-49
April 10 – FEED – John 21:1-19
April 17 – EAT – Revelation 7:15-17
April 24 – DRINK – Revelation 22:12-17

THE TABLE – Where community is found and identity is formed.

PRACTICING TABLE TIME
During our Lenten Journey, we don’t want to just talk about gathering around THE TABLE, we want to DO IT!!  Here are some opportunities for you to spend time with others around THE TABLE:TABLE TIME WITH THE STAFF
Beginning Sunday, February 21st, through March 20th, anyone who is interested can join the Church Staff for lunch following 11:00am worship.  Pairs of the Church Staff will be in the MAC Lobby, at the Rear Entrance, and in the Vestibule at the rear of the Sanctuary.  Meet us in one of these locations and we’ll head to a restaurant together.

DINNER WITH THE YOUTH
The youth eat dinner every Sunday evening at 5:00pm.  Usually, youth parents sign up to prepare the meals, but this is an amazing opportunity for intergenerational table time!  Contact Pastor Melissa K. and sign up to fix & eat with the youth.  Our teenagers are an amazing group of human beings and you need to spend some TABLE TIME with them!

MEETINGS AROUND THE TABLE
During Lent, take your regular church meetings to THE TABLE!  Instead of meeting in the Parlor or Sunshine Classroom, what if you meet over a meal?  Meet at a coffee shop?  Get out and get together!

INVITE A GUEST TO LUNCH
What if you invited visitors out to lunch after worship?  What a meaningful way to make a connection!

HAVE LUNCH AT A NURSING HOME
We have so many wonderful members who are in nursing homes or home bound.  What if you joined them for a meal?

EAT LUNCH AT A SCHOOL
Contact one of our CIA elementary schools (Grandin Court, Fishburn, Virginia Heights, Wasena) and see if you can support a student by having lunch with them in the school cafeteria.  They are always looking for mentors!

FAMILY LENT RESOURCES
 
There are several Lent resources available outside Pastor Brian’s office.  Grab a copy and keep Lent Holy with a daily family practice.

LENTEN DINNERS
Join us during HOLY WEEK for nightly family-style dinners and worship experiences around the table as we celebrate Christ’s last days before Easter.
Lenten Dinner Schedule (6:00pm):
Tuesday, March 22
Wednesday, March 23
Maundy Thursday, March 24
Good Friday, March 25Menus will be posted soon.  


SIGN UP FOR SUMMER MISSIONS CAMP!!
 WHO:

Any child who has completed Third-Sixth Grade
Chaperones are Pastor Brian,
Pastor Melissa K, and Tabitha Crowder
WHEN:
June 17-20, 2016
HOW MUCH:
$75 deposit due ASAP
$75 final payment  due by APRIL 1, 2016Each day at camp we have Bible study, recreation, missions, pool time, and a nightly party. Fifth and Sixth graders get extra special treatment at camp too! Campers are welcome to invite friends!


SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 11:00AM
Crafts, Snacks, & Hunting Eggs on the Front Lawn!
WEDNESDAY KIDS ACTIVITIES!!
Dinner at 5:30pm – Activities at 6:15pm

Elementary Kids join Pastor Melissa F. and Mrs. Ericka in the Children’s Worship Room for Music & Missions.

Preschool Kids join Mrs. Susan, Mrs. Heather, and Ms. Tiffany in the Preschool Music Room for Music & Crafts.

Adults can either go to Pastor Kevin’s bible study in the Fellowship Hall or Pastor Brian’s bible study on Hospitality in the Sunshine Classroom.

We are looking for adults who can rotate and lead the elementary missions lessons. Check out the Schedule to see where we need you to help:

Feb 10 – ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP
Feb 17 – Kids & Youth Together with Kessler & Brian
Feb 24 – Music & Missions – Missions in Togo (__________)
Mar 2 – Music & Missions – Missions in Togo (Kelli Best)
Mar 9 – Music & Missions – Deserts & Rivers: Learning about Chaplains (Sabrina Hunsicker)
Mar 16 – Kids & Youth Together with Kessler & Brian
Mar 23 – LENTEN DINNER & CHILDREN’S WORSHIP
Mar 30 – SPRING BREAK
Apr 6 – Music & Missions – Deserts & Rivers: Learning about Chaplains (__________)
Apr 13 – Music & Missions – Deserts & Rivers: Learning about Chaplains(__________)
Apr 20 – Kids & Youth Together with Kessler & Brian
Apr 27 – QUARTERLY BUSINESS MEETING


FAMILY GAME NIGHT!!February 19 & March 18
6:00-8:00pm
Board games & snacks in the MAC!
Bring a snack that will warm us up to share!
Join us for this great intergenerational activity!

NOW WITH MISSIONS!!!
To provide some hospitality to the college mission teams staying in the MAC this Spring, we will take some time during Family Game Night to bake them some goodies to say WELCOME TO GCBC!!  This month we’ll bake Chocolate Chip Cookies!


PASTOR MELISSA FOX’S ORFF CLASS
Sundays, at 4:00pm

Learn to play the xylophone, glockenspiel, or metallophone!
Open to all ages! Working on music for Palm Sunday!

YOUTH & CHILDREN’S PARENT MEETING
IDEAS FOR DISCUSSION
We had a great meeting on January 31st!  Here are some of the items we discussed.  Take a look and please email Pastor Brian at brian@grandincourtbaptist.org if you are interested in doing any of these things:

  • Sunday Dinners & Activities – It seems that Wednesday evenings are becoming difficult for families with two working parents to attend.  Would you be more willing to participate if we did things on Sunday evenings?  The youth already meet for dinner at 5pm.  What if we had a fellowship meal together and then had activities for children & bible study or discussion group for parents?
  • Painting the Children’s Areas – The children’s areas in the church are well overdue for some color!  Pastor Brian has lots of ideas for color schemes and stencilling.  Maybe you have some great ideas too!  Let talk about it and find a time to work together to get it done!
  • Missions – What missions should we support?  Let’s come up with some mission activities that we can do together.
  • Children’s & Youth Council – Pastors Melissa & Brian will most likely now host a joint parent meeting on at least a quarterly basis instead of monthly council meetings.  You will get a free dinner & get to participate in making our ministries happen if you attend!
  • Children/Youth Business Meetings – Your kids & youth are going to start talking with Pastors Melissa & Brian on the third Wednesdays about what ministry they want to see happen at GCBC.  They will be bringing motions to the Quarterly Business Meetings!  Be prepared!
  • Fellowship Events – We would love to do some youth & children’s joint events.  The youth have expressed interest in doing fun stuff where they play with our kids while the parents have fun (ex. at the bowling alley).  We could also do things like putt-putt, Thunder Valley,etc.  We’d also love to do some Summer stuff like meeting at the Harmon’s land at John’s Creek, among other things.  What do y’all think?

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