Communion is one of the sacraments of the church.
ALL ARE WELCOME IN THE CHURCH SCHOOL AT PAYSON PARK CHURCH: GOD’S GARDEN, Growing in Faith God’s Garden, Growing in Faith is a welcoming place for the church community and not just for parents and children! Volunteers from the entire church community are needed. Perhaps being with the youth on a Sunday morning could be a way for YOU to help fulfill our mission. “We believe God is calling us to walk in the ways of Jesus Christ and to bear witness to the Gospel through worship and service, empowered by the Holy Spirit.” Teaching contributes to the faith development of our youth as well as the future of our church. Plus, it will deepen the understanding of your own personal faith. Teaching in God's Garden is a shared responsibility of everyone, a contribution well needed. Where do you see yourself? Perhaps reading a story in Bible exploration, creating in an art workshop or having fun in a puppet workshop. Speak with Cindy Lou Benson, Christian Education Director, for helpful suggestions and ideas. Consider Volunteering in the Children’s Ministry Program... What you do... matters! Jesus smiles when he sees your ministry You pass on faith and hope to a future adult You help children find their voice You change the world — one child at a time If the Bible were still being written today, the writers would be writing about the likes of you As you encourage a child's faith.. You encourage your faith You get to watch children become friends and followers of Jesus Jesus is the author and finisher of your faith… and your ministry Kid’s fingerprints leave a mark on your heart Children are counting on you If not you, then who? God has called you © Group Publishing
Payson Park Church uses The Best of Whole People of God (WPOG) lectionary-based Sunday school curriculum. It includes weekly age-level lessons as well as worship resources for the church school staff and volunteers as we plan occasional intergenerational worship services. The Christian Education Committee chose WPOG curriculum because it is considered to be flexible, easy & economical. We especially approve of the lectionary basis because it integrates worship and our education program. “Christian education programs needed to prepare children and youth for full participation in the worshiping community, and worship needed to be designed with the needs of children and youth as an important component. Lectionary-based curricula facilitate this as children, youth, and adults are all learning and worshiping focused on the same passages.”
Living the Christian Year
“The lectionary is built on the seasons of the Christian Year. The Christian Year is a re-enactment of the life of Jesus from birth through ministry, death and resurrection, to the birth of the church and its witness in the world today. The way we use our time in daily life is one of the best indications of what is really important to us. The church also shows what is most important to its life by the way it keeps time. One answer to “What do Christians believe?” could be “Look how we keep time!”
In Advent we prepare for Jesus’ birth, and our own renewal. At Christmas we celebrate the joy of Jesus’ birth—of “God with us.” Through the Season After Epiphany we read of Jesus’ Baptism, his call of the disciples, and his ministry of teaching and healing. Lent is a season of penitence and preparation for Easter. It is a time of decision and commitment. The Easter Season, or “The Great Fifty Days” is a season to celebrate the Resurrection appearances, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the birth of the Christian Church. We see the power, which Jesus embodied, being passed on to the disciples. In the Season after Pentecost we look at what it means to be part of the church—Christ’s body—carrying on his work in our world.
As the seasons and their colors change and repeat, we can better understand the rhythm of our lives as the followers of Jesus the Christ.”
We celebrate our children. We understand that children have a variety of talents, interests and abilities.
Reminding ourselves of the percentages for retaining information, we can understand how the keeping our faith development active and current helps us retain:
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God’s Garden, Growing in Faith.
As Payson Park Church grows, our nursery and church school are capable of growing too! As we celebrate this gift of growth, we also need to expand our Children’s Ministry Program to keep pace. Perhaps teaching God’s word or presenting God’s love to our youth is one of your gifts? Come and share it as a Nursery or Church School Volunteer. No experience is needed. Our Christian Education Director, Cindy Lou Benson, works closely with all volunteers and shows teachers how to plan and present lessons. If you have questions or would like to volunteer please speak with the Christian Education Director on Sundays or send an email to email@example.com.
Children may register throughout the year with the Director of Christian Education. Registration provides the faculty with information about the child and the family that will make the child’s Church School experience as meaningful as possible. During church school volunteer teachers and personnel instruct and supervise the children under the guidance of the Christian Education Director. The teachers are responsible for their students from the time they arrive for Church School until the worship service ends. After Sunday School parents are responsible for their children. Refreshments are provided for adults and youth after the worship service during the Fellowship/Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall. The Church provides no supervision during this fellowship time. Because God’s Garden shares space with Kidspace and The Payson Park Nursery School (Monday-Friday) parents must be with their child if they play in a classroom after Church School ends.
Church School meets every Sunday morning from Labor Day until the end of June. Children enter with their parents or guardians into the sanctuary at 10:30AM and then are dismissed to God’s Garden, Growing in Faith after the Children’s Message or Moment. Children are always welcome to spend the entire time in worship service with the adults, and are invited to take part in the Communion service if their parents desire. A typical Sunday schedule for a child includes:
Children are the future of the church. Children participate in religious celebrations throughout the church calendar year, including the weekly Sunday Children’s Message and the Children’s Musical Offering during regular worship and in special events.
Music too plays an important part in our children’s expression of faith. Participation in the Children’s Choir is one way the children are engaged in worship. The songs they learn are sung approximately once a month from October to June.
Other special events featuring children’s participation:
The children in God’s Garden, Growing in Faith give generously in their weekly offering collection. They give to help end world hunger. They give to Heifer International. The offertory envelopes are provided at registration time. The Heifer organization believes and is dedicated to ending hunger. They have helped millions of poor family’s worldwide move towards self-reliance through the gift of livestock and training, from honeybees to water buffalo. Heifer also believes in another very important part of their work. This is educating the public! Heifer operates three learning centers where you can go for hands-on hunger education. All centers offer guided tours, mission opportunities and a chance to interact with Heifer animals.
PAYSON PARK SUNDAY NURSERY
Nursery care for infants, from birth to three years of age is provided every Sunday from Septmeber through June, 9:00 to Noon under the supervision of two experienced and qualified staff members. The church nursery is located on the second floor, directly left, off the elevator and provides a Christian environment as well as a joyful safe space.
Payson Park Nursery School
Are you looking for a nursery school program for your child? Do you have neighbors or friends who are making plans for their young children for the fall? The Payson Park Church Nursery School is currently accepting applications for enrolment in September. Scheduling is flexible, and discounts are available for Church members. Please call the Nursery School Director, for more information (617/489-4824) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Payson Park has youths who have been attending Camp Calumet for years and that is the camp they recommend! Camp Calumet, on the northern shore of Lake Ossipee, at the edge of New Hampshire’s magnificent Mount Washington Valley, Calumet is the camp! Throughout the entire year, Calumet hosts thousands and thousands of folks of all ages, from all backgrounds and all walks of life But Summer At Calumet? Summer is the most exciting time of the year to be at Calumet! Whether it’s the Summer Camp for Kids or the Family & Adult Camp, the Thidemann girls recommend you check it out. www.calumet.org Are you considering summer camp for your Jr. High child? How about a Christian Camp located right here in the heart of New England. Grotonwood is one of the finest Christian retreat and conference facilities in Central Massachusetts. At the heart of their 300 wooded acres you can find a mile of shoreline on beautiful Lost Lake, delicious "home-cooked" food, and hospitality by their caring staff. Grotonwood offers 29 sessions of summer camp for youth. Campers live in cabins throughout the camp. They are under direct supervision of trained and caring camp counselors. Their day begins with worship in song and a message in the chapel and ends with vespers or devotions. The enthusiastic summer camp resource staff directs activities, recreation, crafts, and music. Certified lifeguards make the waterfront program very fun and exciting. A resident nurse is on staff at summer camp for sickness and emergencies. Cindy Lou & her children; Aby & Robert have attended Grotonwood for over 10 years. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us any questions. www.Grotonwood.org.
An Offering by our Denomination
Looking for a wonderful get-away for you and your family this summer? It’s not too early to start planning! In early August, the UCC offers a Family Camp at the Craigville Conference Center on the cape. The package includes 17 meals, 6 nights in a historic Inn with all private room accommodations; on site private beach privileges with club house amenities; on site playground and fishing pond; morning programs for children; free time all afternoon and evening program is optional. Morning children and teen program includes skits, singing, and arts & crafts. Evening program includes a movie, kite flying, a band concert, outdoor games and more. A great opportunity for parents who do not want to send a child to sleep away camp without them! The staff organizes all children's activities so adults or grandparents do not have to worry about finding things to do to entertain them and the time you spend together is quality. When was the last time you had time to look at the stars with your child? Busy parents need apply! Contact email@example.com. Horton Center – located in the northern White Mountains of NH – is where many of the NH Conference’s Outdoor Ministry programs occur, or start out. In addition to Horton Center other locations are also used, including Geneva Point, the AMC Huts and state parks. This summer we have a full schedule! Programs start for children who have completed Kindergarten (with parents in Big Feet/ Little Feet), up to our High School and Young Adult camps. For older campers our Hut to Hut and Canoe camps offer a once in a lifetime experience of spending time with other Christians in a weeklong trip. At Horton Center, we are surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest, with thousands of acres and miles of hiking trails. Opportunities for rock climbing, caving, and sleeping under the stars are available without leaving the site. For more information please visit www.hortoncenter.org, call Robert Vodra at 603-225-6647 ext 112 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Pilgrim Lodge – located on the eastern shore of Lake Cobbosseecontee in West Gardiner, Maine– is a ministry of the Maine Conference, UCC. Just two hours over the New Hampshire border on I-95, Pilgrim Lodge (PL) offers week-long sessions for 3rd graders through senior high school students as well as weekend events for adults. Our mission and philosophy (please see the website) involve the healing power of nature and community. With high quality program, an experience at PL will strengthen faith development in an unbelievably gorgeous setting. Children and adults return charged and inspired. And we have a whole lot of fun. Maine is known for its summer camps and PL is a gem! Build lifelong memories with us. Pilgrim Lodge is accredited by the American Camp Association. To view a free video and more information visit us at www.pilgrimlodge.org or call (207) 724-3200. Silver Lake – located in Sharon, CT – is a ministry of the Connecticut Conference, UCC. For over 50 years, Silver Lake has been claimed as the "Spiritual Home" for thousands of young people, ages 8-18 each summer for a week of Outdoor Ministry church camp. We welcome UCC and other denominations' children to experience the best week of their summer, with dedicated, trained, enthusiastic lay and clergy leadership and in-cabin counselors and summer staff. We offer amazing community-building, spirit-stretching, high and low ropes adventure and team-building 'mountaintop' experiences, swimming, singing, worshipping, campfires, friend-making, ceramics, nature, arts and crafts, hiking and so much more. Each conference has a different program theme, from creative expression (think Biblical High School Musical), through sports, radio show, wilderness exploration to being God's Heroes. Check out offerings for all ages, including one for Moms and 4th graders, at www.silverlakect.org. Instant, online registration! Most camps are $410. For the week. Covenant Hills Christian Camp – located in Cabot, VT – is owned by the United Methodist Church and is jointly programmed by the United Methodists and the Vermont Conference, UCC. Does spending a week swimming, playing games, hiking, canoeing, making crafts, learning about God, singing songs, eating smores and much more sound like a lot fun? If yes, then join us this summer! Covenant Hills offers a wide variety of specialty camps for children in second grade through twelfth most of them being week long over night camps. Camps this summer include: soccer camp, just camp, great outdoors for boys, ultimate plus, up the coast, music, arts and drama camp, rock band camp, soulfest and many more. Please visit www.covenanthillsvt.com for a full camp schedule, descriptions of all the camps we offer and registration forms or contact us at email@example.com to receive more information about camp. Covenant Hills is accredited by the American Camp Association. We look forward to seeing you at camp this summer! Star Island –located off the coast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire – is a site for ministry of the New Hampshire Conference, UCC during the Star Gathering conference weeks. It is also host to the Laity Conference (UCC) over Labor Day weekend. Offering programming for all ages – babies thru older adults as well as a concurrent Youth Conference for those entering 9th grade in fall of 2010 through 2010 hs graduates, the Star Gathering weeks are filled with chapel services, Bible Study, programming for adults and children, as well as the opportunity to see amazing sunsets, sit in a rocking chair, play softball, and more! General Star Island info can be found here: www.starisland.org , information specific to the Star Gathering Conferences, including the Youth Conference can be found here www.starisucc.com Irons Homestead, RI. Site of the Rhode Island Conference of the United Church of Christ outdoor ministries program. Geneva Point Center, NH. An independent Camp and Conference Center, offers a variety of camping experiences in partnership with other groups.