Religious Education for Children and Youth (March 2014)

Joanne Dingus  (Director of Religious Education)

Joanne Dingus
(Director of Religious Education)

submitted by Joanne Dingus

We had some great RE events last month. I want to thank Brandy for taking on the Fellowship Friends program. There were 9 kids and 9 adults matched up for the 4 week program. At the end they celebrated with a nice lunch together.
I also want to thank Rosalee for driving all the way to Charlotte and back with our teens that went to the CON. The teens came back exhausted but happy after getting the chance to catch up with old friends and make new friends.
And last, the Got Kids group deserves a big thank you for putting together 12 care packages and two cards for our college students. We sent one card all the way to South Africa (it may not be there yet J) I’ve seen lots of posts on Facebook that these gifts were really appreciated. Thank you also to all the people who donated snacks, other items and postage!
In March we are looking forward to two big events. The high school students will be doing the service at 11:00 on March 9th. It will be based on themes from the recent movie, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and include music, video and a thought provoking sermon called, “From Daydreams to Life Dreams.”
At the end of the month we are pleased to hold a lock-in for students coming to the Cluster meeting. We are looking forward to having youth here from the 7 Cluster congregations for lots of fun and fellowship!
The Coming of Age program is in full swing now. It takes a lot of effort to run this program so I want to thank our teachers- Jan Briede, Jeff Hinkley, Connie Ralston and Brad Harper, and also our mentors- John Templeton, Aaron Hansley, Jake Strom and Mason Moseley. Without these talented, dedicated folks, we couldn’t run a program like this.
To give you a sneak peek, Jeannine Christensen is creating an amazing summer program for the elementary school children. It will be called Raiders of the Lost Arts. We’ll travel the ancient world discovering connections between art, science and spirituality.  So find your fedora and get ready for an adventure this summer!
See you in the RE!
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