Registration Now Available for 2014-2015
Help us plan ahead by registering your
children and youth for the 2014-2015
program year. Our program starts with
the Feast of All Good Children and the
Religious Education Open House on Labor
Day Weekend on August 31. Registration
forms are available in each classroom
and outside the church office. Donations
are welcome to cover the supply costs of
about $50 per child. See Rev. Jennifer or
Julia Sexton for information.
General Information – Sunday Mornings
Sunday Morning for Children:
9:00am – Nursery providers arrive and
set up the room. The Religious Education
Coordinator of the day and/or Rev. Jennifer
arrive no later than 9am to post signs, open
the rooms, and check for readiness.
9:15am – Teachers arrive to finish room
preparation. The Nursery is available for
children age 3 and under.
9:30am – Parents can sign in children and
youth to their respective classes.
9:45am – Classes begin. Journeys begins
in the Religious Education Office.
10am – The end of the latecomers window
for Children and Youth classes.*
10:45am – Classes end. Parents sign out
children and bring them to the sanctuary
11am – Worship Begins
11:25 – Chalice Children leave the
sanctuary with adult supervision and
proceed to their room for activities. (Chalice
Children is for children ages 4 – Grade 2.
The program may not happen on Sundays
when the worship is for all ages or if there is
not enough supervision.)
12 – 12:10pm – Worship ends. Parents can
pick up children from Chalice Children or
12:30pm – The Nursery care ends.
Providers stay until 1pm if needed to clean
the room or talk with families.
*A Note about 10am: Parents are asked
to bring children and youth to class no
later than 10am. The Children and Youth
Religious Education Council and I are
trying to encourage a strong community
of children with fewer interruptions and to
respect the preparation of our volunteers.
After 10am, the Religious Education
Coordinator of the day can help families
fi nd refreshments in Coleman Hall,
introduce them to greeters and other
friends and members, and set up activities
that can be found in the bins outside the
supply closet. Remember: Children age 3
and under can be brought to the Nursery
at any time. Children and Youth Religious
Education Council and I are available for
questions related to the new schedule.
Sunday Morning Worship: We encourage family worship here at First Jefferson – our community expectation is that children and youth will join their parents and the rest of the congregation in the 11 a.m. worship service. We offer nursery care for infants and toddlers, and Chalice Children for younger children who cannot remain in service, but if your family wishes to worship together, children of all ages are always welcome in our worship services, in whole or in part. Worship ends at 12:10pm. Parents can pick up children from Chalice Children or the Nursery.
Chalice Children: Younger children may stay in church with their families or may participate in Chalice Children, a program for our children who are too young to attend an entire worship service. Chalice Children are included in the first half of the worship service, and leave for supervised playtime following the Story Time typically at 11:25 (Listen for the song, “As We Leave this Friendly Place”) Typically, our children graduate from the Chalice Children program in the 3rd grade. Chalice Children is run as a parent co-op, overseen by Rachel Hawkins. If your child(ren) attend regularly, please plan to volunteer. Please pick up your children immediately following the service
Nursery: Offered from 9:30a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Babies and toddlers through age three
Please bring diapers and a change of clothing in a labeled bag. Please label bottles and toys as well. We ask nursing mothers to let us know where they will be sitting in church so that we can find them with a minimum of disruption to the church service. If you have any questions, please see one of our nursery staff.
Our religious education department is a volunteer and parent coop driven entity. It is even more important than ever that we get parent volunteers. Please sign up for three events (in order of preference) to help our RE be the best possible — we need you!