GCBC Children’s News – Summer 2016

Summer Dates Overview
June 5 – Graduation Sunday
June 10 – Church Gospel Sing, 6pm
June 12-19 – Family Promise is Here
June 13-17 – Preschool Day Camp, 9am-1pm
June 17-20 – PASSPORT Kids! @ Eagle Eyrie
June 26 – July 1 – PASSPORT Youth in Greensboro
July 8 – MAC Movie Night, 6pm
July 10 – Summer Splash-Kid’s Bible School, 4-7pm
July 11-15 – Preschool Day Camp, 9am-1pm
July 16-26 – Romania Mission Trip
July 17 – Summer Splash-Kid’s Bible School, 4-7pm
July 24 – Summer Splash-Kid’s Bible School, 4-7pm
July 27 – Quarterly Business Meeting. 6:30pm
July 28 – Sabbath School – Food & Faith, CHOPPED Night, 6pm
July 29 – Sabbath School – Food & Faith, Dinner & Formation, 6pm
July 30 – Sabbath School – Food & Faith, Stop Hunger Now, 9am
July 30 – MEET 4 FUN at Chuck E Cheese, following Stop Hunger Now
July 31 – Sabbath School, One Worship Sunday, 10:30am
August 6 – MEET 4 FUN at Salem Red Sox, 6pm
August 7-14 – Parent-Minister Conferences
August 12 – Family Olympics Night, 6pm
August 22 – Roanoke City Schools Begin
August 24 – Roanoke County Schools Begin
August 27 – Grandin Globes Mission Celebration, 6pm
September 6 – Salem City Schools Begin
September 7 – Wednesday Dinners & Activities Begin

JUNE 17-20, 2016
Eagle Eyrie, GCBC Lodge

“…I came so that everyone would have life and have it in it’s fullest.”
John 10:10b (CEV)

We have three girls, one boy, and three adults heading to PASSPORT Kids in June! We’re going to spend four days focused on being exactly who God created us to be, how Jesus sets us free from fear and gives us all we need to live with trust and love. The big question for camp is – once you have claimed this precious life Jesus has given you, how will you live it to make the world more like what God intended from the beginning?

We hope that you will pray for all of our PASSPORT Kids campers and Chaperones while we are gone. Here are who and what you can pray for:

Katie B.
Hayden C.
Lilly M.
Bella S.
Pastor Brian
Tabitha Crowder
Pastor Melissa K.

Day One (June 17) – Pray for us as we travel. Pray that the kids will be open to meeting new kids in their Bible Study Groups. Pray that they will be able to sleep away from home.
Day Two (June 18) – Pray for us as we experience our first full day. Pray that the kids will hear God thru their Bible study leaders, worship, and other experiences of the day. Pray that they will be open to learning about the culture of Bali at the Night Market.
Day Three (June 19) – Pray that the kids will learn that their lives are precious to Jesus, that God works in all aspects of their lives, even their struggles. Pray that they can let go of their fears and grow stronger as followers of Jesus, and be motivated to love generously, as Jesus does.
Day Four (June 20) – Pray for us as we travel home and try to find ways to live out the things we have learned about ourselves and God in our everyday lives. Pray that we will come home with a renewed passion for following Jesus and making a difference in our Roanoke communities.

Thank you for helping send us to camp and grow as followers of Jesus!!

FAMILY GAME NIGHT
is going on hiatus for the summer! Look for game night dates to return to the calendar in the Fall/Winter.

JULY 28-31, 2016
Join us for our annual Summer Intergenerational Spiritual Formation Retreat!
All ages will learn and grow together as we gather around the table and cook with one another!

Tentative Schedule:
Thursday, July 28, 6PM – Fellowship Night with CHOPPED! Over three rounds, teams will be given a basket of ingredients to transform into a tasty and entertaining dish! We’ll mix up the teams and have tons of fun as we play with and eat our food! We’ll also watch part of the Netflix documentary, COOKED, about making bread and talk about the connection between it and the Holy Spirit.
Friday, July 29, 6PM – Dinner followed by spiritual formation. Rev. Lisa Irwin, a Wake Div. grad and professional chef, will teach us about the link between food and spirituality. She may even show us how to cook something!
Saturday, July 30, 9AM – STOP HUNGER NOW! Our annual food packing event where we work together to make enough meals to feed thousands of people!
Sunday, July 31, 10:30AM – Combined Worship. We’ll wrap up our weekend and celebrate the connection between food and our spiritual life as we worship together. Worship will be followed by a pot-luck luncheon in the MAC.

KIDS’ BIBLE SCHOOL
FOR CHILDREN AGE 3 – 5TH GRADE
Join us for three Sundays of Bible Stories that are ALL WET!!
Kids will study three different encounters with WATER through
Godly Play, Music, Art, Games, and Food.
BE PREPARED TO GET WET!! (Children must wear swimsuits)

July 10, 4PM-7PM – PARTING OF THE RED SEA
(Featured Activity: Red Sea Sprinkler Run!)

July 17, 4PM-7PM – BAPTISM OF JESUS
(Featured Activity: Baptistry Time with Pastor Brian!)

July 24, 4PM-7PM – CALMING OF THE STORM
(Featured Activity: The Stormy Slip N Slide!)

DINNER PROVIDED EACH NIGHT

Pastor Brian needs Adult Volunteers to lead groups of Preschool & Elementary Age Children to the different stations each evening. He also needs volunteers to fix dinner. Please let him know if you can help!

PLEASE DO YOUR BEST TO PREREGISTER FOR SUMMER SPLASH SO WE CAN MAKE SURE WE HAVE ENOUGH ADULT VOLUNTEERS FOR ALL THE CHILDREN.

REGISTER HERE

PARENT-MINISTER CONFERENCES
AUGUST 7-14, 2016
Pastor Brian has set aside this week in August to get together with all the parents in the church before school starts again. These conferences just provide time to check in with how your child(ren) and family are doing, discuss your child(ren)’s faith development, and give feedback on your child(ren)’s church experience.

To set up an appointment for a Parent-Minister Conference, please click on the link below to use Google Appointment to choose your meeting timeslot. We can set up a location to meet after you sign up for an appointment. We can meet almost anywhere you want: church, your home, a coffee shop, over dinner, etc…

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR MEETING

FRIDAY FUNd NIGHTS!
Join us for some church family fun this Summer on faithful Fridays! Each night we’ll get together at the church for an all-ages activity. There will also be food or concessions available each night for sale to support our Building Fund.

June 10 – Music Night/Gospel Sing & Desserts, 6pm

July 8 – Spaghetti Western Dinner & Movie Night in the MAC, 6pm

August 12 – Church Family Olympics & Concessions, 6pm

Look for more information on each event in the Sunday Bulletin,
on our Website, and on Facebook closer to their dates.


MEET 4 FUN at STAR WARS NIGHT!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2016, 6PM

Let’s meet at the ballpark for a night of fun! Let Pastor Brian or Pastor Melissa K know if you are coming. We’ll meet at the front of the park by the beer garden then find our seats together.

If your child is entering Kindergarten this Fall, sign them up to get prepared for worship! Pastor Brian will teach a weekly worship class for Kindergarteners during the usual Extended Session time on August 7, 14, and 21. Each week, we work on worship bags that the kids can use to bring their Bibles and other supplies with them to worship. After the children finish the class, they will be presented a Bible and their worship bag in the AUGUST 28, 11:00am Worship Service. Your Kindergartener should begin staying in the service and no longer attend Extended Session on this Sunday, August 28.

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