by Joanne Dingus

Last call for Guest at Your Table. If you still have your Guest at Your Table box please bring it to the Fellowship this Sunday February 5th. We want to get the funds counted and sent in. Thank you to everyone who has participated.

It’s time again for our annual Care Packages to college students and deployed military. We need two things: names and addresses of people you would like to receive the care packages and goodies to put into the packages. Here are some ideas for things to donate. Candy, non-perishable snacks, trial size toiletry items, gift cards for coffee, hand written notes of encouragement. Please bring these items into the Fellowship by February 19th.

Our Coming of Age class will soon begin. This class is for 7th-10th grade students or older students who haven’t taken it before. Part of the course requires the students to work with a mentor from the Fellowship. Mentors come to several of the Sunday morning classes to work with their students. They may also get together in groups outside of church from time to time. Being a mentor is a very important and rewarding experience so I encourage you to say “Yes” if a youth approaches you to be there mentor!

The Policy Board approved the childcare policy that the RE Committee submitted. They are now asking a task force to work out the details and procedures of how we will do childcare at the Fellowship. Meanwhile the childcare contingency budget has been depleted so we are asking for volunteers to do childcare at meetings and events for the rest of the church year. If you enjoy playing with children and have a few hours to spare please see Joanne Dingus or Allison Black so that we may put you on the list of people to call when we need childcare. Just for clarity, the Sunday morning nursery is staffed by Mary and Bill who are employees and paid from a separate nursery budget, so we are all set for the year there.

Here are a few upcoming events that youth and children might enjoy:

February 11th– Game Night 6:30-8:30 Sanctuary building bring a game to play and a snack if you like.

February 12th– Coming of Age Orientation meeting for youth and their parents interested in the Coming of Age program. 12:30-3:30 lunch will be served. We will start with an orientation, outlining the details of the program. Then those who decide to join will have their opening ceremony.

February 19th– Soup Social after second service children and youth assemble care packages for college students and deployed military.

February 24th- The Youth in Norfolk are hosting an Open-Mic from 6:30-10:00pm. If you would like to recite a poem, play music, perform a dance, or just watch others share their talents you will enjoy this event. This is a family friendly, free event, a potato bar will be served.

February 28th– Monthly Youth Group for middle and high school age students. Dinner and activity. 6:30-8:30pm.

March 10-12th– Super-Cluster Youth and Adult Peer Chaplaincy and Social Activist Training Conference!! Location Charlottesville. Registration info coming soon.

March 25th– Erase the Race 9am-1pm Walking for Freedom, Unity, Equality. Starts at York Middle and ends at Yorktown beach. We are inviting youth from Norfolk and Williamsburg to join us and will gather for lunch afterwards.

March 28th– Monthly Youth Group for middle and high school age students. Dinner and activity. 6:30-8:30pm.

See you in the RE!

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