March 5, 2019
 Greetings!
Happy Tuesday!
It may be snowy up north today, but before you know it, we'll be splashing into summer!

Laura and I have been working hard combining VBS and Missions Week into two VERY COOL weeks of Missions Blast! and we can't wait to get it all started! See below for our new format (new days and times to help you swim team families) but still the same valuable content: lots of missions projects and crazy singing, outings just for fun and Bible stories, games and worship and growing in our faith. Sign ups for Missions Blast weeks and Camp Prism begin March 11.

But before we get to summer, we have lots of other fun things to do that will help our kids get closer to God and each other, too!
Be sure to check out below info on this Sunday's swimming fun at the Kroc Center (SIGN UPS END TOMORROW), as well as a list of projects for kids on InAsMuch Day.

Wishing you a happy, sunny March!
See you at church!
Love, Becky

Becky Ramsey, Minister to Children, 864-233-2527
Artwork To Share
Thank you, Liam Martin, for sharing your artwork!
Ash Wednesday Service Tomorrow is for Families
Don't forget, there are no missions or choir classes tomorrow night so that your family can attend our Ash Wednesday service at 6:15 in the sanctuary. You won't want to miss Bobby Jo Valentine's singing, his story, and the imposition of ashes!

When kids ask why ministers impose ashes on people's foreheads, saying, "Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return," I like to explain that this is what God says to Adam in Genesis. God reminds Adam that God made him, and that he (and all people) depend on God.
When we wear a cross of ashes on our foreheads, we show the world that we are turning back to God.

I'll be one of those imposing ashes tomorrow. I hope to see you then!

A Guide for Your Child Through Lent
Available Tomorrow at Ash Wednesday Service
I've found a wonderful day by day guide through Lent for your child, and I think your family will enjoy it!

For each day of Lent, from Ash Wednesday through Easter, there is a 1 or 2 paragraph story and an easy activity or puzzle. It's published by a Catholic press, which explains a couple references to Pope Francis. It's so very well done.

I'll place them outside the sanctuary on Ash Wednesday. If you're unable to make it to the service, no problem. You may pick them up on the table at the entrance of the Children's Hall. Be sure to get one for each of your children. :)
Let's Go Swimming at the Kroc Center This Sunday!
Sign Ups End Tomorrow Night
Have you heard? We're going swimming!

Sign Up HERE!

When? Sunday, March 10, 2:30-4:30

Where? The Kroc Center

How Much? $5 per child
Please also bring any of the following that we're collecting for Hospice Care bags: toothbrushes, toothpaste, travel size lotion, travel size mouthwash.

Drop off and pick up at the Kroc Center.

Chaperones are needed. :) (You don't have to get wet!)

Summer Is Coming!
It's almost time to register for summer activities at FBC!
Sign ups begin March 11!
(I'll send out a link when it's ready!)

Here's what we're offering this summer:

Missions Blast 2019!
Missions Blast combines the best of VBS Blast and Missions Week into two fun-packed weeks, one week for older kids and one week for younger kids. There are BIG CHANGES
from our regular Missions Weeks:
  1. No need to pack a lunch! And our younger kids get lunch too! We'll be getting lunch from local kids' favorite spots around town.
  2. Notice the days and times are different! Both groups meet from Sunday to Wednesday! (We hoped this would help with swim team meet days on Thursdays.) Both age groups start right after church on Sunday and finish at 5. For Monday- Wednesday, the older kids go 9-3:30, and the younger kids go 9-1.
3. And we have all sorts of VBS style fun infused into the week!

Camp Prism 2019
Camp Prism is the AWESOME four day sleep away camp we've been doing for years (BECAUSE IT'S SO SO GOOD!) for rising 4th, 5th and 6th graders.
Missions Blast for Older Kids: TRUE YOU!
Click HERE for the flyer.

Who? Kids who've finished grades 3, 4, or 5

When? Sunday, June 9- Wednesday June 12
(11:30-5 on Sunday, 9-3:30 Mon-Wed)

What? We'll have many of the same components of VBS (games, snacks, crazy singing, etc) and Missions Week (field trips to do missions, afternoon outings just for fun- like gem mining and Gravitopia among others!)
We're also hitting up local restaurants for lunch this time- no need to pack a lunch!


How Much? $75 if paid completely by May 1,
$95 if paid after May 1
Must register by May 29
Missions Blast for Younger Kids: Disciple Detectives
Click HERE for the flyer

Who? Kids who've finished grades 1 or 2
When? Sunday, June 23 - Wednesday, June 26
(11:30-5 on Sunday, 9-1 Mon-Wed)

What? We'll have many of the same components of VBS (games, snacks, crazy singing, etc) and Missions Week (field trips to do missions, books, photo books) Plus we'll have lunch together each day from local restaurants. No need to pack a lunch!
More information coming soon!

How much? $50 if paid completely by May 1
$75 if paid after May 1
Must register by May 29
Camp Prism 2019: Free to Be God's People!
Click HERE for the flyer

Who? Kids who've finished grades 3,4, or 5

When? July 16-19

How Much? $175 if paid completely by May 1
$200 if paid after May 1
Registration ends May 29.
Need Extra Help?
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We never want money to be an issue as to whether or not your child participates in our summer programming.

Please feel free to contact me (Becky) and I can help make participation possible!
It's Not Too Late to Sign Up for InAsMuch Day!
InAsMuch Day is March 16!

There are a LOT of projects kids can work on. Here's a list.

Greenville Free Medical Clinic -Landscaping (1 st grade and older)
Homebound Member Goody Bags -Assembling treat bags for First Baptist
homebound members (1 st grade
and older)
Homes of Hope -Spreading pine needles (1 st grade and older)
Julie Valentine Center -Cleaning playroom, parent store and outside of
building and grounds (1 st grade
and older)
Mission Backpack -Picking up large grocery order and stocking the Mission Backpack pantry (1 st grade and older)
United Ministries -Landscaping (1 st grade and older)
Yard Sale Setup - Pricing, moving and
setting up yard sale items (3rd grade and older)
Genesis Homes -Painting doors and planting shrubs (3 rd grade and older)
Sustaining Way/Annie’s House -Gardening (3 rd grade and older)
Triune Mercy Center -Renovating
two rooms (5 th grade and older)

Sign up here!
A Book Fair!
First Baptist Day School is having a book fair at the Greenridge Barnes & Noble this weekend! A portion of all the sales will be donated to the school. 

You can shop in person this Friday, March 8, from 4:30-7:00pm or online through March 15 at BN.com/bookfairs. Books, toys and gift items are included (exceptions are downloaded items and gift cards). Please use voucher code 12508198.
Is Our April Event on Your Calendar? Save the Date!
We're going skating at Golden Skate in Simpsonville.

When? Sunday, April 7, 2 - 4

Who? Kids grades 1-5

How Much? $5

Save the Date!
Fifth Grade Night Was So Fun! What's Ahead?
We had such a great night with our terrific team of fifth graders! Besides the jumping at SkyZone and the pizza and ice cream at my house, we talked about some new things coming up for fifth graders. You may have already noticed one of them: we're offering the option of sitting together during worship down front. It's already working out great, and giving the kids a taste of what's to come at the end of the summer with youth!
But I'm not giving them over to youth until then!

Don't forget the special lunch in their honor that's coming up May 5, from 11:30-1, for fifth graders and their families. They'll get a gift from the church and hear some nice words about each of them, because we love them so!
Your Traveling Buddy Is Ready !
Would your child enjoy a lunch date with her/his minister to children?

I've had such a great time lately visiting schools for lunch, seeing games and a play! If this is something your child would like, I'd be happy to find a time when I can visit! It's a great way for me to get to know them better.

Just email me here and I'll get out my calendar!
A Skating Camp at FBG This August
roller Skating
Roller Time Skating Academy is offering a summer skate camp at First Baptist Church August 5-9.
This week-long camp will teach students how to balance, skate forward and backwards, fall and recover, toe stop, and more. Campers will also strengthen their self-esteem and improve gross motor skills.

On the last day of class, each student performs a routine to show off the skating skills they have learned during the week, and will also earn their certificate. Family & friends are invited to attend this end-of-camp show to cheer for their skater(s).

Camp includes: rental skates, professional instruction, cool
games, and awesome prizes!

There are two camp sessions - a morning session and an
afternoon session

August 5 - 9 9:00am - 12:00pm
August 5 - 9 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Acolytes


March 3
Luke Whitehouse
Doug Cline

March 10
Max Richards
Erik Rieder

March 17
Molly Gilbert
Caroline Caldwell

March 24
Tigist Campbell
Julie Wagoner

March 31
Wesa Good
Kate Powell

April 7
William Austin
Ray Wynn

Wondering when your child acolytes next? 

Need to switch acolyte times with another family? Email Becky for a contact sheet and then please  let Becky know who is subbing for you.


Refreshment Providers

March 3
Keeley and Terry Krantz

March 10
Anna and Logan Green

March 17
Shanda and Ryan LaForge

March 24
Julie Wagoner

March 31
Carol Ann and Paul Good

April 7
Julie and Daniel Moniot


Can't remember when your family provides refreshments next?

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Perry Harling, March 17

Bella Davis, March 21

James Caldwell, March 22

Liam Martin, March 23


Sunday School Teachers Have Birthdays Too!

Jennifer Restine, March 14

Pam Shucker, March 16


Happy birthday, EVERYONE! We love you!



March 3 Jesus Teaches in the Temple



March 10 Mystery of Easter and Faces of Easter 1
(Remembering Christ's birth)

March 17 Faces of Easter 2
(Remembering when Jesus was found in the temple)

March 24 Faces of Easter 3
(Remembering Jesus' baptism and blessing)

March 31 Faces of Easter 4
(Remembering Jesus' desert experience)

April 7 Faces of Easter 5 (Remembering Jesus' work healing and sharing parables)
March 10, 2:30-4:30, Children's March Event: Swimming at the Kroc Center

April 7, 2-4, Children's April Event: Roller Skating at Golden Skate in Simpsonville

May 1 Choir and Missions Showcase

May 5, 11:30-1, Celebration Lunch for Fifth Graders and their Families

May 5, 1-3, Children's May Event: Hike the Swamp Rabbit Trail to an Ice Cream Party

Missions Blast for 3rd-5th graders : Sunday, June 9- Wednesday June 12
(11:30-5 on Sunday, 9-3:30 Mon-Wed)

Missions Blast for grades 1 & 2 : Sunday, June 23 - Wednesday, June 26
(11:30-5 on Sunday, 9-1 Mon-Wed)

July 16-19, Camp Prism for Grades 3-5
Becky's Schedule
When and where to find me...

Sunday 8:30-12
Monday 9-2:30
Tuesday 9-2:30
Wednesday 9-7:00
Thursday 9-2:30

To get to my office from the reception desk, walk down the hall and take your first left. My office is at the end of the mail room. 

Need to reach me at a different time? You can always leave a message and I'll get back to you ASAP: 370-2515, ext 116

Children's Ministry | First Baptist Greenville | 864-233-2527 | becky.ramsey@firstbaptistgreenville.com | http://firstbaptistgreenville.com/childrens-ministry/