This week, youth will look at Hebrews 13:5 with the theme being don’t be controlled by love for money. Be happy with what you have. God has said, “I will never leave you. I will never desert you,” (NIrV). The writer of Hebrews knows something about contentment. The writer reminds us that nothing we own can ever make us happy. Our focus should be on our relationship with God.
Bottom Line: Stuff can’t keep you happy. Getting something new can be exciting, and even make you happy for a time. But as we know, that feeling of happiness doesn’t last forever because what we own was never meant to do that. We hope that kids leave with the idea that only God can satisfy their needs and give them joy in spite of what they do or don’t own.
New curriculum will be used this year!
This year, Tewksbury Congregational church will begin using a new curriculum, 252 Kids, put out by the reTHINK Group (Orange Curriculum). 252 Kids is a weekly, web-based children’s ministry curriculum and strategy designed to invite kids into the Story of God, to show youth the character of God, all the while helping them internalize 3 Basic Truths through the use of unforgettable illustrations, activities, and graphics to capture their attention and keep it relevant.
We want youth to have experienced and own three basic truths modeled by Jesus in Luke 2:52 - And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. (light bulb moment—now you know what the 252 means):
1. I need to make the wise choice.
2. I can trust God no matter what.
3. I should treat others the way I want to be treated.
These truths are introduced each week in an updated, energized program featuring large group videos and learning situations and then reinforced in grade specific smaller break out sessions.
This September, youth will learn about Nehemiah, the cup-bearer to the king. Learning that the remnant of Jews in Judah were in distress and that the walls of Jerusalem were broken down, Nehemiah asked the king for permission to return and rebuild the city. With the king’s blessing, he returns and organizes the people who are able to complete the project in 52 days. This story can be found in the book of Nehemiah. During Sunday School, youth will learn about this story and will learn important life lessons that will tie into the world around them today. Youth will be challenged to look for tasks that need to be done – not to wait until asked or to hope someone else will do it. Youth will be encouraged to stay focused on what needs to be done and to celebrate all that God has done in our lives for us.
“WORK AT EVERYTHING YOU DO WITH ALL YOUR HEART. WORK AS IF YOU WERE WORKING FOR THE LORD.”
Attached File: 85Scope and sequence - 918.pdf
Take a moment to stop in the back of the church to see the renovated space! New paint, furniture, rugs and layout will greet youth on September 9th. Come check out the new theater room and hangout space complete with air hockey and foosball tables! A special thank you to the Memorial Gifts committee for funds to buy 50 new chairs and 6 new tables for the space. While the educational wing has been updated, there are many things still needing to be purchased. Please check out our Wish List on Amazon for ideas of how you can help and what you can purchase for the space if you are inclined to help.
Sunday School teachers are a special group of people! They regularly sacrifice time, money, and resources to spend a brief hour each week offering spiritual training to our youth. Sunday School teachers are not babysitters, but are faithfully called by God to impact lives, empower others, and to witness God transform lives. To do this effectively, they need physical and moral support from the congregation, and strength and wisdom from God.
Take a moment to say thank you. Not sure who they are? Please check out the attached pdf which will help you put a name to a face.Attached File: 73Teacher Directory 2018-2019.pdf
Are you interested in planning ahead? Thinking about booking vacations next year? To help facilitate the process, the CE program has outlined their 2018-2019 program year. While things are subject to change, we hope that having this information out to you sooner than later will be helpful and provide any guidance you need.
Attached File: 562018-2019 RE Calendar.pdf
Have some questions about the CE program? Check out the CE Handbooklet. As the year progresses, I hope that the information contained here will help aid in your family’s journey: from birth and baptism, through childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Click on the attached document for an in-depth look at what is available to all at TCC.
Interested in registering your child for our tutition free program? Click on Sue Panilaitis' high lighted name at the top of this article to send a message to the Director of Christian Education for enrollment information.
Attached File: 43Christian Education Handbook 2018-19.pdf