Crèche Lighting & Advent Festival
Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, 10:45-12:15 p.m.
We will begin this day at 10:45 a.m. in the Garden and light the crèche to commemorate the beginning of the Advent Season;all ages are invited. Then during the worship service, children in the 4 year old class through 5th grade will gather in Watson Hall for Advent-themed games, crafts, and activities. Nursery, 2s, and 3s will have Advent crafts provided for them in their Sunday Church School rooms and should gather there. 6th and 7th grade students will have regular SCS on this Sunday with Advent activities.
St. Nicholas Party
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
This party is especially for children up to 5 years old. Children will learn about the origin of St. Nicholas, hear the story of Jesus’ birth, and get a special visit from St. Nicholas himself! It’s a great afternoon of storytelling and crafts for younger children held on the third floor of the Parish House, beginning in the Living Room. Remove your shoes as you come in for a special surprise!
Christmas Pageant and Family Service
Sunday, Dec. 24, 2020, 4 p.m.
Every year, nearly 100 children of The Brick Church celebrate Advent and Christmas by participating in the Christmas Pageant on Christmas Eve. Children 4 years old through 7th grade are invited to register and sign up to participate in one of the many roles offered. We do not audition for parts; there is room for everyone, but preference usually goes to older children for speaking parts. Because so many children are involved in this program, we ask parents to volunteer to help with preparation and production. Our scheduled rehearsals help children feel confident in their roles, and their attendance is important.
Bible Presentation Sunday – Third Grade
February 2020 during 11 a.m. Worship; Pizza lunch and class to follow in the Carnegie Room
Every year, The Brick Church Children’s Ministries Committee presents Bibles to third graders. One of the most significant actions we take as a church is to give our children Bibles. As Christians of the reformed tradition, we believe that the Bible is the witness to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As God’s word to us, the Bible forms our life together and guides our belief and actions. For this reason, we share its stories and message with our children, and when they are old enough, we, the church, give them their own copy of the Bible to read. A pizza lunch for the 3rd graders will be held in the Living Room following worship and will have an interactive class for parents and children about using their new Bibles.
Ash Wednesday Dinner and Seed Planting
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2020, 4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
All congregation members, children especially, are invited to join us for this event that celebrates the start of Lent. We will serve a simple meal at 5 p.m. and participate in Lenten seed planting afterwards. This event will end before the 6 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service in the Chapel. Seeds are a symbol of the Lenten journey to Easter. We will plant seeds in individual jars, and participants may take their planted seeds home to watch them grow throughout the forty days of Lent.
Sunday, March 28, 2021, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter, when Christians commemorate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. On Palm Sunday, children participate in two important events:
1. Palm Sunday Processional:
All children are invited to join in the traditional Palm Sunday processional at the 11 a.m. worship service. Parents and children come to the Chapel of The Reformed Faith at 10:40 a.m. to receive palms, practice our music, and then lead the processional down the center aisle of the sanctuary. Infants in arms are welcome.
2. Palm Sunday Project:
We celebrate Palm Sunday with this fellowship tradition for our children in Watson Hall during Sunday Church School. The Palm Sunday Project helps us to remember Jesus’ journey to the cross and the celebration of Easter. After they recess out of worship, children ages 4 through 5th grade are invited to Watson Hall to participate with their Sunday Church School classes to make symbols of Lent, palm crosses, and other Holy Week crafts. Younger children in the 2s and 3s classes will have activities provided in their Sunday Church School classrooms and 6th-7th grades will have Lent activities in their classrooms too.
Sunday, May 16, 2021 following worship