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    Volume 2013  |   Issue 20  |  May 20, 2013     Visit Children Youth & Family Home

Summer is around the corner!

Dance Party Friday!

Recess Monkey 2

We had a rockin' good time with Recess Monkey on Friday afternoon!! The sanctuary looked like this!! Dance Party!!

We had about 40 adults and 50 kids for a 45 minute show with Molly snacks before and after! We had a super fun afternoon - what a great way to start the weekend!

We're looking at doing another concert in the fall . . . stay tuned!

Imagine….hundreds of children and families!

Ten days ago, I was in Minneapolis, Minnesota, visiting Plymouth Congregational Church, a downtown church similar in location to ours. I took the trip to experience their children and youth music program as well as meet with their director of music, director of children’s programs plus choir, handbell and liturgical dance teachers. I had an amazing time and I learned so much!
Eight years ago, Plymouth in Minneapolis was experiencing a rapid decline in their Sunday school program with only a handful of children and families participating. Their Sunday school wing was old and dark, the few teachers left were tired and the children’s choir had… Read full article >

Summer Child Care

Its time to volunteer for Plymouth Summer Child Care, Sundays (9:30-11:30am)!
If you have a young child (infant through 2nd grade) that will be coming to Summer Child Care OR you have an older child that would like to come to play with us (based on "space available") we would like you to sign up one Sunday to help! Older children and youth are very welcome, if interested, to help with caring for younger children.. WE NEED PARENT AND YOUTH VOLUNTEERS TO SIGN UP RIGHT AWAY FOR 1 OR 2 SUNDAYS BEGINNING JUNE 16 through SEPTEMBER 1. Take the TELETHON or "EMAIL-A-THON" challege: call or email us immediately with your date(s)!! Don't know… Read full article >

Whose going to N-Sid-Sen?

Hi Everyone,

N-Sid-Sen isn't coming up for a little while yet, but planning is under way. CY Board is looking for someone to organize the children's program at camp. This doesn't mean that you teach all the classes, rather that you make sure the teachers have resources and a plan. This is a great way to get to know adults and kids at camp! Let me know if you're interested - we'll cover your registration cost!



Whose coming to camp with me??

In addition to our own Family Camp at N-Sid-Sen July 21-27 the UCC conference offers a variety of camps throughout the summer. Early bird registration applies up to 3 weeks before the start of the camp you want to attend.

I will be a counselor at Intermediate camp (entering grades 5th & 6th) at Pilgrim Firs July 14-20! I would love it if our current 4th & 5th graders could join me!!

blessings, Karen

Here is the summer UCC camp schedule:

Pilgrim Firs Camps
PF Midwinter Retreats JR. Hi – Jan. 11-13
PF Midwinter Retreats SR. Hi – Jan. 18-20
Spiritual Renewal GLBTQ - May31-June2
Work Camp – June 12-16
Young Adult June 21-23 at NSS
Sr. Hi – June… Read full article >

CY Conversation about Next Program Year

Over the past year some of us on staff have been in conversations with Plymouth families and visitors about how our Sunday morning is challenging for families. There are a few families that we know of who visited and decided not to come back because of our schedule. As this does not bode well for a church that is trying to grow with young families, the CY Board decided to take a look at what we might do differently. Here is a snapshot of the ideas and conversation. You can find a power point presentation on this topic here.


Initial idea:

What if we shaved an hour or so off of the morning by having children’s choir/bells during the 10am… Read full article >

Living into Pentecost

I saw The Brilliance on Friday night at The Well at Queen Anne UMC - their music has a heavy classical string influence and their words are powerful. Their performance was so moving to me that I wanted to share one of their songs for your reflection as we move into the season of Pentecost!

blessings, Karen

End of the Year Calendar

Friday, May 17 - Recess Monkey Concert! Doors open at 4:15, concert starts at 4:30.

Sunday, May 19 - Pentecost Sunday, Bluegrass worship service

TPK Teacher meeting after church - TPK classroom

All Church Picnic! Molly Food and Potluck!

Wednesday, May 22 - Confirmation Write Night for Confirmands & Mentors

Sunday, May 26 - Memorial Day Weekend

Parents of Youth meeting after church "Teens & Stress" - Lounge (this is the correct day - my email blast this week is wrong)

Sunday, June 2 - Youth Led Worship, Recognizing Seniors

Sunday, June 9 - Confirmation Sunday, Teacher Appreciation, Children's Choir Singing, Last Day of Program Year

Read full article >


This Sunday at Plymouth

May 26, 2013 - FOCUS SCRIPTURE - Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31

8:30-10:00am: Childcare Available (Room 122)

8:30am: Sunday worship for All Ages (Chapel)

9:00am: Children's Choir with Rosemary H. (Room 225)

9:00am: Plymouth Soul Choir (Lounge)

9:50am: "10to10 Gathering time" for K-6th grade (Chapel)

10:00am: Church School for Toddler/PreK - High School (Various Classrooms)

11:00am: Sunday Worship for All Ages (Sanctuary)

12:15-1:30pm: Childcare Available (122)


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