Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28C H I L D R E N ’ S M I N I S T R Y A TIME TO PLAN Although we are still in the season of winter wonderland, it’s never too early to talk about what’s and a voice in a strategy going forward. We encourage everyone to come, even if they can only attend a portion of the event. Tuesday, February 28 This is the day for our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and when children’s classes begin the season of Lent with applicable lessons and activities designed to enhance the season. Sunday, March 5 While children’s classes do not meet on Outreach Sunday, we work as families in the various outreach project rooms to learn more about serving others. Sunday,April 9 Get ready for a feast in the children’s classes on Palm Sunday. At the culmination of our Lenten season, we feast on traditional foods much like Jesus did with his disciples. Keep your ears open during announcements throughout the spring. Monday, June 5 – Thursday, June 8 Vacation Bible School is the highlight of your summer! Read more on this page about this exciting, fun-filled week. For more information about Children’s Ministry and the many children we serve (infants through 5th grade), please contact me at We cannot wait to visit, serve, worship and fellowship with you as we help children grow into a deeper relationship with Christ! – Holli Kight, Lay Minister for Children’s Christian Education VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Monday, June 5 – Friday, June 9 Online registration opens Sunday, January 15 Hear us roar during the best week of the entire year – Vacation Bible School! We’ll gather together in the jungle from 9 a.m. – noon for the preschool program and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for the elementary program each day for a fun-filled time of friendship, fellowship, activities and lessons led by amazing student and parent helpers. This year at The Living King Vacation Bible School, we turn our focus to Psalm 44:4, “You are my king!” Our time together will be spent hearing about how Jesus is alive, he lives in our hearts and he’s promised us a forever life in his kingdom. What could be better than knowing we are all sons and daughters of a king? Online registration opens early this year on Sunday, January 15 and will remain open until Saturday, April 15 (or earlier as age groups reach capacity). There is a $20 cost per child enrolled at the time of registration. Children must be three years old as of December 31, 2016, and potty trained in order to participate. The oldest children to participate should be entering 5th grade as of August 1, 2017. Students who are entering 6th grade and above as of August1 are encouraged to be helpers. Registration for the student mentorship program and parent volunteers is also available online. Don’t miss this opportunity to join us. For more information and to register, visit happening for the spring and summer! For those of you who are a bit like me, we need to plan! Am I right? It doesn’t matter what we may be planning; those blank calendar grids are simply screaming for some pencil marks. I get it and I appreciate it. I’m happy to oblige with a few dates for you now. January – April In Sunday school for both pre-K children and the 5th grade students, we begin the process of a slow and steady transition to the next ministries. Please read your communications from us frequently as we keep you informed of how we work across multiple ministry umbrellas to make the next steps smoother on both child and parent. By beginning early, your child is ready for kindergarten or middle school when the time comes (and you are too!). To sign up for our Children’s Ministry e-newsletter, please visit stmartinsepiscopal. org/children. Friday, January 20, 6 – 9 p.m. Saturday, January 21, 9 a.m. – noon Parents of young children are invited to join us for our Vision Event at The Island. The goal of this event is to build clarity and consensus for a unified direction in Children’s Ministry through an efficient, yet fun, process that gives parents a role 12 THE STAR I JANUARY 2017