Collecting School Supplies Once again we are collecting school supplies for the children served by the Breathing Room, Christ Home, and Laurel House.  As school supplies go on sale, please consider picking up extra pens, pencils, notebooks, paper, sticky notes, or any other items that would be useful to school children.  There is a particular need for new or very gently used backpacks, preferably of moderate to high quality.  We will have collection boxes in the Gathering Space and at the Wharton Avenue door.  The supplies will be delivered before Labor Day and if there is a need, again in late September.

 

Sunday Morning Schedule Changes


Church Council has been looking carefully at how to build up our Christian Education programs at GUCC.  This focus has centered on all areas--including the children, youth and adults. 


Starting on Sunday, September 7, the Christian Education classes and the Worship Service will be independent of each other.  Our time at church will start at 9:30 AM with separate Christian Education classes for all ages at the same time.  These classes will run until approximately 10:15.  The Worship Service will then start at 10:30, running until approximately 11:30.  Nursery will be available during both periods.  By trying these changes, we will accomplish the following: 


  • Everyone will have the opportunity to attend a Christian Education class and not miss part of the Worship Service as teachers do currently.  Choir members will now be able to help teach a class for children or youth.


  • Children above nursery age will be able to experience the whole worship service experience and hopefully learn better what it means to partake in the worship experience.  If parents choose, kids up to age 4 can stay in the nursery during the service, rather than up to age 3, as they currently do.


  • Families who are visiting our church will feel more comfortable as they will be personally dropping their children in the classroom and can meet the teachers, rather than their children suddenly leaving the sanctuary after the children's sermon as happens currently.

A Youth Task Force is being formed to develop our youth program from grade four and up; this will include the possible hiring of a person to plan a monthly event for older children and a monthly event for youth.  Please let me know if you would like to be a part of this Task Force. We would love to have your thoughts and ideas involved as this starts up.  The intent would be to have these monthly youth meetings work together with our newly formatted Christian Education hour on Sunday mornings to build up and edify all of us. 

 

While we understand that this is change, and change can be difficult, we feel it will benefit the life - and continued growth - of our church.  This is an exciting opportunity for to all learn together and build an even stronger Christian bond together, and we on Church Council look forward to implementing this new format in the fall.