Outdoor Children's Eucharist Suspended
With the arrival of cooler weather and increased restrictions, Outdoor Children's Eucharist is suspended. Families are welcome to attend one of CSMSG's outdoor worship services on Sundays at 8 am, 9 am, and 10 am on the Wydown Playground. Registration for these services is available at www.csmsg.org.
Advent Curriculum
As our exploration of the Beatitudes comes to an end and Advent begins, Children's Ministry is transitioning into a virtual Advent curriculum from Illustrated Ministry called Do Not Be Afraid, inspired by the angels' message in the first two chapters of the Gospel of Luke. This Advent, we invite families to explore what it looks like to hold hope when life feels uncertain, to bring peace in the face of fear, to practice joy when everything seems burdensome, and to choose love even when it is really hard.

The Advent devotions are written for children and adults of all ages. We hope that you will review the material, adapt it for your family, and find time each week to gather for the devotion.

Scripture: Look up each scripture and read it out loud together.

Reflection: Each lesson includes a brief reflection for the scripture texts.

Discussion and Coloring Page: Some of the best conversations happen while doing something creative. Try discussing the questions while coloring the week's coloring page.

Curriculum packets are available to pick up at any CSMSG outdoor Sunday worship service. You also may request a packet to be included with communion pickup or mailed to your home by emailing Mary Beth Tipton. For mailing requests, please include your mailing address.
Host the Traveling Nativity
Would you like to host some special travelers in your home during Advent? To aid in our preparation for the feast of Christmas, parishioners are invited to host Mary and Joseph, some shepherds, or some Magi. Members of the CSMSG Knitting Ministry lovingly created these travelers so that we may experience the traveling nativity, a modern take on the Mexican tradition of the Posada. When the travelers arrive, please unpack them from their box and create a place for them. Included in the box is a brief service to pray that we may encounter Jesus as we prepare for Christmas. Please take pictures so that we may share on social media the journey our travelers take. Use the link below to sign up to host the travelers and read more about this tradition in Fr. Tom’s Words of Encouragement.
Advent Giving Tree
While we aren't able to have our beautifully decorated tree in the Great Hall this year, Children's Ministry is continuing our Advent Giving Tree program. This year we are collecting items for the Episcopal City Mission Youth in Detention outreach ministry. These gifts will be distributed to youth in St. Louis area juvenile detention centers. This outreach is especially important this year as the children are not allowed visitors. With your help, every child in detention will have at least one gift to unwrap. The message they receive is the true gift:

They are beloved children of God, someone cares, and there is hope for a better life.

Please consider donating:

Gift Cards or Checks: Gift cards from Target, Amazon, Walmart, and Old Navy will be used to purchase items for children. Gift cards and checks help ensure each child receives exactly the same item and allows ECM volunteers to take advantage of holiday sales. If sending a check, please note "Holiday Gifts" in the memo.

Gifts for the Children: Please keep in mind that the children are typically around 11 to 17 years old. Requested items are listed below or you may purchase from the Advent Giving Tree Wish List on Amazon and ship items directly to CSMSG.
  • Playing cards
  • Jigsaw puzzles (100, 200, 500 pieces)
  • Art or coloring books and crayons (superhero and teen-themed)
  • Composition notebooks for journaling (black only, no spiral or wire binding)
  • Word search books (no spiral or wire binding, no sudoku or crossword)
  • Individually wrapped candy (no chewing gum or lollipops)
  • Youth version Bible trivia

Please return gifts to CSMSG by Wednesday, December 9. If purchasing items from Amazon, please remember to support CSMSG with AmazonSmile. Go to smile.amazon.com and select The Church of St. Michael & St. George as your charitable organization to support.
The Beatitudes Lesson Twelve:
Coming Down the Mountain
In the final lesson of the beatitudes curriculum, students reflect on their beatitude journey and wonder about what it means to come down from the mountain with Jesus. Jesus preached about a world where God blesses those who may seem powerless. God's kingdom looks different from kingdoms of violence, selfishness, and harshness. It is a community of love. They will receive a challenge to descend the mountain with Jesus, bringing everything we have learned into a new perspective for living.

As this exploration of the beatitudes is ending, students may write a blessing for themselves to hold onto. Parents may remind children that a blessing is something that means to be happy in the fullest, to be greatly honored. How would Jesus bless you?

Children's book recommendations to accompany this lesson are The Undefeated, written by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Kadir Nelson; and The Magical Yet, written by Angela DiTerlizzi and illustrated by Lorna Alvarez.
Register for Children's Ministry
We are still registering students for Children's Ministry for the 2020-21 school year. Please complete the online registration for your family. We will continue to send weekly updates through our e-newsletter and resources also are available at csmsg.org.
Contact Us
Mary Beth Tipton
Director of Children's Education
The Church of St. Michael and St. George
Amy Zimmerman
Assistant Director of Children's Education
The Church of St. Michael and St. George
Church School | The Church of St. Michael & St. George | 314.721.1502 | www.csmsg.org