NYAPC Children and Youth for Feb 28 2016

Here are our NYAPC Children and Youth announcements and highlights for Sunday Feb 28, 2016. It is the 3rd Week of Lent.  

Below you will find dates to save and what is going on in church for children and youth for 2/28: including  Worship Play (a bit about the worms and faith foundation), Sunday School, Upper Elementary Choir Rehearsal, Gathering Time (the time before Sunday School).

Blessings,  Alice  (alice.tewell@nyapc.org)

Save these Dates! 

Sunday, March 6:  Middle and High Schoolers + Parents Discussion of Summer Trips for 2016 and a Cuba (!!!) trip for very late 2016 or 2017,  during Sunday School time.

Saturday, April 9:   Saturday morning Park Play!  In hopes that the weather will be warm … for the spring and summer months, we are restarting our time of play in local parks.  This time is especially geared for those with children ages 0- 5 years, though older children andimgres-3 families are most welcome.  For this gathering Pastor Alice will provide bagels and coffee.  We will be at Bluemont Park in Arlington, VA from 10 am – 11:30 am.  There is a large children’s playground, fields and a creek.  Hope to see you! Please RSVP to Alice (alice.tewell@nyapc.org).


Sunday, June 19:  Youth Sunday!  Single service at 10 am.

Sunday, June 19:  All Church Picnic at a park in Arlington, VA (reservations requests are in now) to celebrate Youth Sunday, Sunday School Teachers, Fathers, and everything else! (about 11:45 am – 2 pm)

Regularly Scheduled Happenings for Sunday Feb 28:


Worship Play:

We will talk about Lent is a time to focus on our strengthening our faith in God.  To strengthen our faith we have to have a strong foundation to our faith. To do this, we will talk both about the Bible and about our Worms for Lent Project.

We will start by reading the story from Matthew 7 and Luke 6 “The Two Houses” or often called “The House Built on the Rock.”  We will read it from the The Lion Storyteller Bible. 


Here is Matthew 7: 24-29:  “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built hishouse on rock. 25 The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded
on rock.
26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!” 
28 Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teaching, 29 for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

After we read this story, will talk about the Worms for Lent project, and how the worms can teach us about the importance of a strong foundation.

We will start by reviewing what we have already done including  watering the onions and asparagus they are growing from the worm compost matter.

We will also check on the worm compost bin.  The compost bin is the worms’ house. We will talk about how the worms need a good foundation to live and produce more compost.  

Good foundation for a worm includes:

  • Dry material like leaves  
  • Wet material like vegetable and fruit scraps
  • They can’t have too much or too little of either or they won’t survive to produce compost.  If they have too many leaves, they don’t get enough to eat.  If they have too many food scraps, their environment gets too wet, so they can’t slither around to eat.
  • They also need people to keep an eye on them and feed them!  If we forget about them, they they won’t survive either.
  • With the right foundation, they multiply by dozens each day! 
A right foundation
With the right foundation, the worms multiply producing lots of usable compost!

Our faith is like that too. With the right foundation (learning about God through the Bible, in church, and in the world) our faith can also increase.  If we don’t have the right foundation (maybe just reading the Bible but not going to church or just talking to friends about God but not reading the Bible ourselves), our faith gets stuck and doesn’t grow.

And then – we share our increasing faith with the world :). 


Sunday School:

  • Pre K: Story of Zacchaeus  from Luke 19:1-10.
  • K-4:  Holy Moly; Man through the Roof – Luke 5:24
  • SPECIAL — Upper Elementary and Middle School Choir Rehearsal during the last 20 minutes of Sunday School
  • Middle School: 12 Sons from Genesis 49:28, Genesis 39:1-6, Joshua 14:1-5 and James 1:1 (The descendents of Abraham and Sarah)
  • High School:  We will discuss chapter 3 of Quest for the Living God.


Gathering Time:

3rd Week of Lent:  Last week, our object to put in our Lenten imgresjars/ boxes were mustard seeds from the Parable of the Mustard Seed.  This small seed serves as a reminder that God’s love is constantly growing in each of us.  We should also show God’s love and compassion for other people.

We will startgathering time by responding to the question:  How is God’s love growing inside of you?  How do you spread God’s love to others?

Each family will get a rubber-band this week.  The message here is God’s love is always stretchrubberbanding us.  How is God stretching you?

To conclude, we’ll do a stretching prayer together.


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