Dear families,

Happy September! I hope your family is doing well. In past weeks, our children have been adjusting to change and embracing new opportunities at school. This is a time when parents and caregivers need to have patience and help guide children with daily routines. Change for children can be difficult. Here is a prayer from The Book of Common Prayer to help strength us during this time:
Almighty God, heavenly Father, you have blessed us with the joy and care of children: Give us calm strength and patient wisdom as we bring them up, that we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, following the example of our Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.
On September 9, we will resume Sunday School, FaithSteps, and continue with Children's Church during the 10:30 AM church service. Please see details below. 
Nursery: Infants and toddlers - K2
 In the Nursery Wing from 9:15 AM until after the 10:30 AM church service.
Sunday School: 9:30 - 10:15 AM
K3: Room 101, first floor of Parish House
K4 & K5: Room 122, first floor of  Parish House
1st Grade: Room 209, second floor of Parish House
2nd & 3rd Grade: Room 215, second floor of Parish House 
4th & 5th Grade: Room 217, second floor of Parish House 
FaithSteps: K3 - K5
In the multipurpose room on the first floor of the Parish House from 10:15 AM until the end of the 10:30 AM services.
Children's Ministries is in need of adult volunteers. If you would like to help teach Sunday School, work in the nursey, lead FaithSteps, or help with Children's Church, please let me know. Any adult who has been Safeguarding God's People trained is welcome to help our children grow. Please see when training sessions will be offered this month. We ask all volunteers to be trained by December 2018.

Director of Children's Ministries
Sunday School Parent Take Home Lessons 

Be sure to check out this month's Parent Sunday School take home from our Hearts Alive curriculum, which includes the lesson the children will be studying. Ask your children what they learned - the more they hear and discuss the lesson, the more they will retain. Have fun discovering more about God's Word with your children!
September 30: Preschool | 1st & 2nd Grade | 3rd - 5th Grade
Fingerplay of the Month

Ten Red Apples
Ten red apples growing on a tree, (hold hands high with fingers extended)
Five for you and five for me. (wave one hand, then the other)
Help me share the tree just so, (shake body)
And ten red apples fall down below. (lower hands with fingers extended)
One, two, three, four, five, (count fingers on one hand)
Six, seven, eight, nine,ten. (count fingers on other hand)

Welcome August's Bundles of Joy! 
Ellis Murray Johnston, IV to proud parents  Mary Claytor and Caldwell Johnston.
MacLaren Vardry Hill to proud parents Kay and Johnathan Hill.
Upcoming Events

Safeguarding God's People: Cavalier Training Center, 245 Cavalier Drive  
Thursday, September 6, 12 noon - 3:00 PM
Sunday, September 23, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Scouts Open House: Sunday, September 16
After the 10:30 AM Church and Chapel Services, Scout Hut on Broadus Avenue
Join us for a tour of the Scout Hut, meet and greet with Cubmaster Olivier Salamin and Scoutmaster Ben OHanlan, and learn about Cub and Scout Troops at Christ Church. Cub Pack 511 is available for K5 - 5th graders and BSA Troop 511 is available for 6th - 12th graders.
FaithSteps: Begins September 9, 10:15 AM, Parish House, Room 127
A worship alternative for children in K3 - K5/Primer during the 10:30 AM service. Teams of parents lead a chapel service, crafts, games, and serve a light snack.

Wednesdays @ Christ Church: September 12, 19, and 26
Children's choirs will meet from 5:15 - 6:00 PM. Cherub Choir (K3 - K5) will meet in room 209, Coventry Choir (1st - 2nd) will meet in room 227, and Canterbury Choir (3rd - 5th) will meet in room 220. All classrooms are on the second floor of the Parish House. Adults need to drop off and pick up children from classrooms. Dinner will be served from 5:30 - 6:30 PM. Please RSVP online the Monday before by 12 noon.

Mother's Bible Study: Thursdays starting September 13, 12 noon - 1:00 PM, Graham Library
All mothers are invited to join us! Childcare is provided for infants - K4. We will be reading
Becoming a Peaceful Mom: Through Every Season of Raising Your Child by Teresa deBorde Glenn. Contact Hedrick Lewis , 282.3103, for more information.
Rhythms of Grace: Sunday, September 23, 3:00 PM, Markley Chapel
Join us for this service is designed for children and families with special needs. It is also a wonderful service for younger children. The service will last about forty-five minutes and includes signing, storytelling, hands-on exploration of stories, Eucharist, and fellowship time. This is a great way to introduce your child to a church service where it is okay if they cannot sit still or are loud.

FellowSIP: Tuesday, September 25, 5:30 PM, McKissick Refectory
Join your fellow Christ Church women for a wonderful evening of fun and fellowship on September 25 at 5:30 PM in the McKissick Refectory. There will be live music, drinks, and hors d'euvres. RSVP online by Sunday, September 23.

Annual Giving Food Truck Fest: Sunday, September 30, Following the 10:30 AM Services
Join us as we kick-off our Annual Giving Campaign with lunch from Coastal Crust, Resident Dogs, and Thoroughfare. The cost of $5/person includes one food truck meal, drink, and a cookie. $2 brown bag lunches are available for children. There will be a bounce house this year! Register online by September 27.