What's Happening in Children's Ministries
Blessed are the hungry and thirsty
Last Sunday, grades K-5 learned the story of Jesus feeding the 5000 in preparation for our Feed My Starving Children special event coming up on November 24.

Each class learned about the countries where FMSC sends food. One packet of food costs $0.25 (the cost of a gumball), and feeding a child for a year costs $88 (the cost of a new pair of sneakers). 

We're looking forward to our FMSC special event this Sunday (details below).

Doing Justly, Loving Kindness, and Walking Humbly in Preschool Sunday School
Our Preschoolers learned what it means to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly in Sunday school on Sunday. It was a wonderful lesson that gave our 3 and 4 year olds a chance to share ways they can live as Jesus asks us to - being kind, loving others, and looking out for those who need help in the world.

Each Sunday our preschoolers are learning and growing; they are playing and sharing; they are indeed God's children!
Feed My Starving Children
THIS Sunday, November 24
If you've been meaning to sign up to join us on Sunday for the Feed My Starving Children MobilePack event at the Schaumburg Renaissance Convention Center on Sunday, November 24, there's still time! 

We will meet inside the Schaumburg Convention Center (1551 W. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg) at 8:30 am. This will give you plenty of time to park, get settled, and perhaps browse the Marketplace before the orientation session begins promptly at 9:00 am.

Click here to sign up. 
December Sunday School and Children's Choir Schedule
December is a busy month for everyone! Read on to make sure you don't miss a thing here at First Pres!

Preschool and Elementary Sunday School will meet on December 1, 8, and 15. We will not meet on December 22 or 29. We will resume Sunday school after winter break on Sunday, January 5.

Children's Choir will rehearse on December 1, 8, and 15 at 10:05 in the chapel. Children will sing during the 10:30 am service on Sunday, December 22. They will also sing at the Christmas pageant (4:00 pm) on Christmas Eve.
All-Church Christmas Caroling-December 22
If you love Christmas hymns and spreading Christmas cheer, plan to join us for our all-church Christmas caroling event on Sunday, December 22.

We will meet in Fellowship Hall at 4:00 to gather into caroling groups, and then we'll head out to various locations to bring a little Christmas cheer into the hearts and homes of church members and friends.  Afterwards, we'll gather back in Fellowship Hall for a pizza dinner. 

We will be collecting $10 gift cards for McDonald's, Jewel, and gas stations to give to PADS guests on Christmas Eve. Please consider donating one or two cards if you can.

This is a wonderful way to give back during the Christmas season! We hope to see you there!
Family Worship & Christmas Pageant
Our Family Worship and Christmas Pageant is a delightful Christmas Eve tradition here at First Pres. Preschoolers - 5th graders retell the story of the glorious night that Jesus was born. Costumes, liturgy, and hymns make the story come alive for children and adults alike.

Please visit the Pageant Sign Up to sign your child(ren) up for the pageant.  The ages/grades below are a guide. Please contact Katy Allen with special requests or questions.
  • Preschoolers - sheep
  • K/1st graders - angels
  • 2nd/3rd graders - shepherds
  • 3rd/4th/5th grader - Star Bearer
  • 4th/5th graders - magi
  • 4th/5th graders - liturgists (no memorization required)
An all-cast rehearsal will be held on Saturday, December 21 at 9:00 am. Rehearsal typically lasts an hour (sometimes an hour and 15 minutes). There will be a Children's Choir rehearsal immediately following the pageant rehearsal.
 
We will also need a few parent volunteers to help with various pageant details.  Please consider signing up if you can.
Mark Your Calendar!
TONIGHT - Family Night dinner, 6:00 pm; Kids Connect 7:00 pm
Sunday, November 24 - Feed My Starving Children Sunday School Event, 9:00-11:00 am, Schaumburg Renaissance Convention Center (meet at 8:30 at the Convention Center)
Wednesday, November 27 - No Family Night
Saturday, November 30 - All-Church Decorating, 9:30 am (a family-friendly event!)
Sunday, December 1 - Children's Choir, 10:05 am, Chapel; Sunday school 10:30-11:30, 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Sunday, December 8 - Pathways Holiday Get Together, 3:30, off-site
Wednesday, December 18 - Family Night Christmas Party 6:00-7:30 pm
Saturday, December 21 - Christmas Pageant rehearsal, 9:00 am, Sanctuary
Sunday, December 22 - Children's Choir sings in worship, 10:30 am; No Sunday, School; All-Church Caroling, 4:00 pm, Fellowship Hall
Tuesday, December 24 - Christmas Pageant, 4:00 pm, Sanctuary
Sunday, December 29 - No Sunday school
Sunday, January 5 - Sunday school resumes