The Most 2020 and Best Christmas Pageant Ever!
The Christmas Pageant is one of those traditions that breathes life into us and reminds us of what is most precious and sacred during that liturgical season. The children of St. Mary’s have offered us the story of Christmas each year for as long as anyone can remember. On December 20, we will host a drive-thru pageant as a way to celebrate the season and enjoy telling the story of the birth of Jesus. Children will have the opportunity to dress as characters or narrate this special nativity story. If you have any questions or would like to help, please contact Amelia McDaniel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-784-5678 or Anne McCoy at email@example.com.
In addition, Children’s Ministry would like to borrow items that you may already have for the Most 2020 Pageant Ever:
- 5 Tents – The 10’x10’ pop up size tents. They will be used as stations for volunteers and kids to warm up
- 5 Heaters – Portable propane heaters in good working order. These will be used to heat up the tent and/or stations
- 5 Lightweight Portable Folding Tables
- 10 Flashlights / Lanterns
- 10 Reflective / Running Vests
Register for Fall 2020!
Even though we are not meeting in person, please take a moment to go online and fill out a registration form for your child(ren). This information helps us so much to stay connected and up-to-date with your family. And it helps us have updated and accurate information, especially birth dates! We would love to share pictures of those celebrating birthdays that week at Online Children’s Chapel. We don’t want to miss a single one!
Children’s Chapel Online
We created Worship Kits that are referenced in the videos. They contain items that help set the stage for learning, including The Sunday Paper. The Sunday Paper is a great resource to explore the week’s reading for your children and even has a parent guide on the back. We send out copies of the Sunday Paper periodically to keep the kids up to date with the lessons. In addition to the Sunday paper, there are copies of prayers we say, a liturgical wheel guide, and books of the Bible guide.
Our storytellers use the Spark Story Bible, published by Sparkhouse, to tell most of the stories shared. Follow this link to order one for your own home.
If you would like to get a Worship Kit they are available in our church office or you can contact Amelia McDaniel to arrange for a delivery.
If you’d like to check out more resources to do at home, you can download, watch, or print them below:
- Children’s Chapel Worship
- Order a Sparkhouse Spark Story Bible through Amazon or Sparkhouse Publishing
- The music used during Children’s Chapel is from the CD All Creatures, published y Rain for Roots. Order a copy of All Creatures album.
Special Events & Worship Experiences for 2020
Our special events for Fall 2020 are designed to offer families some safe points of connection. We will continue to evaluate and adapt as the year goes along and into the Winter and Spring of 2021.
Sunday, October 18 and 25, and November 1 – Children’s Chapel Offerings – All Saints’ Celebrations – Each year we learn about some of the saints of God in Sunday School. This year the Children’s Chapels for October 18, 25 and November 1 will feature special segments about the saints we are learning about. A special video project will also be a part of the celebration where children will be asked to send in videos of them with drawings of their favorite saints.
Friday, October 30, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Boo! Drive-Thru – Have your kids put on their Halloween costumes! Decorate your car! And head on over to St. Mary’s for a spooktacularly fun and festive drive through All Hallow’s Eve experience. There will be lots of treats (and NO tricks) for our young St. Mary’s friends to celebrate a little bit of Halloween this year.
Sunday, November 29, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Advent Wreath Pick Up – Come pick up the materials to make an Advent Wreath for your home this year. We will have all you need (base, tray, and candles) to make a beautiful wreath using greens from your home and packs of green we will have to share. A worship service will be included as well. Families will also be able to pick up an Advent at Home Kit on this day.
Sunday, December 20, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – A Very Special Nativity – Come enjoy the wonder of the Nativity as you drive through our campus that will be transformed to share the greatest gift we have ever been given.
St. Mary’s Storytime
Do your kids enjoy being read to and love a wonderful story? St. Mary’s is excited to offer a new component to Children’s Formation this summer – St. Mary’s Storytime! In addition to weekly Children’s Chapel, we are offering Storytime each week! A different storyteller will share brief part of the Old Testament, Psalms, Epistle or the Gospel story from the previous Sunday’s readings. Then they will read a wonderful illustrated children’s book and talk about how the stories and their themes relate.
In addition, Denise Bennett, our summer intern, is a professional storyteller and has included some of her favorite stories to share with our kids. We are so grateful for her incredible gift!
St. Mary’s Storytime Stories:
Check out all the stories relating to recent Bible lessons shared by some of our favorite storytellers, follow the links below
- “When I Pray for You” – relates to Psalm 139
- “Wemberly Worried” – relates to Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
- “God’s Dream” by The Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams
- “King Maen’s Secret” as told by Denise Bennett
- “The Magic Garden of the Poor” as told by Denise Bennett
- “One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference” – relates to Matthew 14:13-21
- “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters” – relates to Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
- “The Day the Crayons Quit” – relates to Genesis 45:1-15
- “Peggy: A Brave Chicken on a Big Adventure” – relates to Exodus 1:8-2:10
- “Rosa” – relates to Romans 12:1-8
- “Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom” – relates to Exodus 3:1-15
Children’s Ministry Committee
The Children’s Ministries Committee works to support the children, parents and all those who work with the children of St. Mary’s. This committee meets regularly to plan the events and programs that are offered to our children and families. Members serve in two year rotations and focus on one area of our ministry for that term. If you are interested in serving on the committee please contact Amelia McDaniel.
Clara Laing, Chair
Mary Beth O’Hara
Beth Ann Romeo