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Director of CE & Youth Programs - January 2020

Director of Christian Education and Youth Programs — Amy Grella —

Upcoming Youth Events  —  Youth grades 8 and up.

–Sunday, January 12, 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Youth Group at Sunset Hills United Presbyterian

–Sunday, January 26, 12:00-3:00 p.m. – Top Golf ($20 cost includes lunch and bay rental)

–Sunday, February 2, 6:30-9:00 p.m. – Super Bowl Party at Bower Hill

SAVE THESE DATES…look for details soon!

–Sunday, February 16, 6:00-9:00 p.m.  The Event 3.0 is held at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church.  This is our third

annual youth group for the whole Presbytery.  All youth, grades 8-12, are welcome to join us for an evening of games, worship,

a message, and fellowship with their peers from around the Presbytery.  This is sure to be a great night for all who attend.

–April 17-19 – 2nd Annual Spring Retreat with Sunset Hills at Camp Ligonier.

–Youth Mission Trip Update – July 5-10, 2020

Eight youth will be traveling to Mingo County, WV for a youth work trip this summer.  They will help to lead Kids Club and doing repair work on homes.  We still have room for additional chaperones, so if you are interested, please see Amy.

Save the Date – Jr. Day Camp & Day Camp

It may not feel like it, but summer will be here before we know it.  BHCC’s Day Camp / Jr. Day Camp dates are July 27-31.

Sunday School Update

Sunday School will enjoy its seventh annual Sunday-after-Christmas Pajama Party!  All Sunday school classes will participate on Sunday, December 29.  Because it is a 5th Sunday Joint Worship service and potluck with First Baptist, we will start at 10:00 a.m. in the lounge (room 110).  Please report directly to the lounge at the beginning of worship; there will be no children’s sermon.  Kids should be picked up after worship.  The nursery will be open that day.  Wear your PJs and bring a pillow and blanket.  We will watch a fun holiday DVD.  Donut holes, fruit, juice, and milk will be provided.

Confirmation / Parent’s Ministry Class Schedules

December 29 – No classes – All-church Potluck with First Baptist.

January 5 – Confirmation class meets; no Parent’s Ministry class (De-deck the halls).

January 12 – Both the Confirmation and Parent’s Ministry classes will meet.

Thank you

Thank you for the generous contributions from our CE families and church members who participated in the reverse advent calendar.  We donated 206 pounds of food to SHIM, and an additional carload full to Foster Love and Beverly’s Birthdays.

Better Than Average Training for Children and Youth Ministry Volunteers — Sewickley Presbyterian Church

The Pittsburgh Presbytery is offering its second annual training event for staff and volunteers who work with children and youth.  The Better Than Average Training event seeks to connect leaders to one another and equip them for their roles in ministry with the next generation.  Whether you’re a veteran full-time staff person or a brand-new volunteer and whether you’re working with preschool or high school, there is something for you and every member of your team.  New this year, late afternoon sessions have been added starting at 4:00 p.m.  The schedule is designed to be flexible, so if you’re only able to make it for part of the day, you are welcome to attend for just those parts.  A buffet dinner is optional.  Training takes place on Thursday, January 16.


2:30 p.m.     Pre-Conference Seminar: The Enneagram – Its Origins and Relevance to Ministry (Rev. Brian Wallace)

4:00 p.m.     Main Session 1

4:30 p.m.     Afternoon Workshops:

Writing in the Margins: Lessons from the Edge for Leadership (Rev. Lisa Hickman)

It’s Not About the Programs: Understanding You Role in Disciplining the Next Generation (Rev. Michael Haddox)

Creating a Next Generation Culture in Your Church (Rev. Brian Wallace)

6:00 p.m.       Dinner

6:30 p.m.       Breakouts

  1. Equipping Families to Nurture Faith at Home (Rev. Lisa Hickman)

  2. Working with Multiple Age Groups in One Room (Ellen Allston)

  3. Choosing and Using Content and Curriculum Wisely (TBA)

  4. When the Going Gets Tough: How to Deal With Challenging Behaviors of K-6th graders (Karen Shumaker)

  5. Mission and Service-Minded Ministry (Rev. Beth Creekpaum)

  6. Begin with the End in Mind: A Sustainable Confirmation Model (Rev. Jason Freyer)

  7. Preparing High Schoolers for What’s Next (TBA)

7:45 p.m.                  Main Session 2 with Keynote Address (Rev. Michael Haddox)

8:30 p.m.                  Wrap-up and Closing Prayer

Registration deadline is January 9.  Look for full details from Amy to register!

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