Seth's Ordination--there's still time to help!
On Sunday June 28th at noon, we are excited to be able to celebrate with Seth as he is ordained as the Minister for Spiritual Formation and Theater at Plymouth Congregational Church. Though we will not get to fill the Sanctuary with our joy, we hope many of you will register here to participate in his online ordination service and celebration.

During ordinations and other Christian rites such as baptism and confirmation, it is traditional that there be a "laying on of hands" by the congregation, as a sign of our commitment to and community with the individual. Since we obviously can't be together to do this, a wonderful Plymouth parent suggested this lovely alternative.

Please take a moment and trace your hand and the hand of your children, on whatever color paper you like. Cut out the hands, on write on them messages of joy, hope and congratulations for Seth, Nora and Nery. The collective hands will be given to Seth and his family as a tangible symbol of our covenant with him.

If you have not yet done this--please DELIVER your hands to Plymouth church TOMORROW (Friday) between 9 and noon. Please call the phone number on the front door for deliveries, and whichever custodian or staffer comes to the door (even if it is Seth) please ask them to put it in Paula's mailbox!

Thank you for helping us make sure Seth and his family feel the love and support of our children, youth and families on his ordination day!

Gratefully,
Nina and Paula

P.S. Monday's Happier Hour will be a special "Seth Fest" to give us all an opportunity to celebrate our newest minister. If you have not ever attended a Happier Hour, this week is the one to go to! Here is the zoom link. See you Monday at 5!
In case you missed it:
ZOOM LINKS for weekly events:
Church School, Sundays 9:10-10:20
  • 9:10-9:40: age 3-rising 2nd graders AND rising 6th-8th graders
  • 9:45-10:15: rising 3rd-5th graders
All classes use the same Zoom link above.

Art with Carole FINAL CLASS, Monday June 29, 3:45-5pm
Race and privilege class (entering 3rd grade and up) FINAL CLASS, Tuesday June 30, 3-4pm
Race and privilege class (entering 2nd grade and below) FINAL CLASS Thursday July 2nd, 10-10:40am
Happier Hour Mondays, 5-6pm
Youth Group, Tuesdays 6:45-8pm

*We hope to do some other weekly classes and gatherings via zoom and IN PERSON, in August, so stay tuned!
How are you taking care of your health?
COVID-19 continues to be an issue, and around the country, there are states where numbers of cases are drastically rising. A few reminders for you and your children, in anticipation of our upcoming camps.
  • Everyday at drop off, children will be asked a series of questions related to their health. Any parent/guardian who needs to stay in the building to do work will be asked the same questions.
  • All participants must wear a mask. Participants will not be allowed to attend class or enter the building without a mask. If your child has not worn a mask for a significant period of time yet, please help them practice wearing it for the length of time we have classes (60-90 minutes).
  • All people entering the building will have their temperature taken every day using an infrared no-touch thermometer. Participants will not be able to attend class if they have a fever.
  • Using the bathroom at church is discouraged. If possible, please have your child use the bathroom at home prior to coming.
  • Please keep your child at home if they have any signs of illness, related to COVID symptoms or not.
  • Please reiterate with them the importance of physical distancing, washing their hands, and using their own materials when at church. Children who are not able to follow these expectations will not be able to remain in classes.
  • If you or family has not done so, especially if you have participated in any large gatherings such as protests, volunteer efforts or rallies in the last few weeks, go get tested! The picture above is Nina and Dylan role modeling how easy testing is!
We need to work together as a church community to keep each other safe!
Summer camp registrations:
July 6-10th
Puberty/Hygiene/Friendship (ages 9-12) OR
Healthy Relationships/Dating/ Communication (ages 11-14)
(morning and afternoon sessions available)
We are looking at holding these sexuality education camps again in August, so if you aren't around in early July, or feeling comfortable with your kids doing something in a group yet, just know we will offer one more session in August.

Children aged 5-8th grade.
Camp will be themed on compassion and community, and will be based off Illustrated Ministry’s Compassion Camp
Camp will run Monday-Friday July 13-31 st.
Camp will consist of two in-person* sessions per week, (one of Monday, and the 2nd on either Wednesday or Thursday), a virtual gathering on Tuesdays, and a weekly packet of materials and activities to do on their own time.
Weather permitting, ALL campers will be invited to attend a physically distanced outdoor gathering on Friday July 31st to celebrate the culmination of camp.

Cost of the 3 week camp (Ages 5 through 8 th grade) $60—scholarships are available

*During in-person sessions, kids will meet in the Parking Lot or Fireside Room. Jones Commons and the Courtyard will be open for adults needing to stay onsite to do work, but adults are encouraged to gather elsewhere if possible.
Looking for ways to get involved?

New Dawn Theatre's A Breath for George has been extended through June 30th! Here is a link to the information about the remaining showings. Please note, the film is approximately 90 minutes long. Appropriate for children 3 grade and above, with some good debriefing needed after watching it.

Saturday July 4th at 9am, Jimmy Lee Recreation Center in St. Paul: The I Want to Breathe March , organized for kids, by kids
**Hoping to get a good contingent of Plymouth families to participate in this event--email Nina if you are planning on coming! We won't meet and caravan from church, but it would be great to know who to look for when we are there!

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is looking for volunteers and donations (but what they are looking for donation-wise is very specific). Visit their church website for weekly needs and a link to their signup genius.

Twin Cities Mutual Aid-created document with a wide variety of volunteer opportunities and resources.

Ways to volunteer with kids, via Doing Good Together
In this time of pandemic, life still continues, and birthdays still happen. Many families are choosing to safely celebrate their child's birthday with a car parade. If you are interested in opening up your child's car parade invite to their friends from Plymouth, please email ninaj@plymouth.org to have it shared in our weekly email. Please submit your request 2 weeks prior to the event, if possible.

NO BIRTHDAY PARADES THIS WEEK.
[612.871.7400]  [ninaj@plymouth.org]  [www.plymouth.org]