We had a great week at Vacation Bible School from June 11-15. Our theme was “Digging for Treasure–Parables Revealed!” and we found some creative ways to learn from Jesus’s parables. The children enjoyed outside activities, crafts, Bible lessons, and snacks each night, and wrapped up the week with a family worship service and ice cream social! Here’s a slide show with highlights from the week:
On May 14, a cheerful crew of workers from Beech helped sort food for the Postal Workers’ annual food drive at the Salvation Army in Alliance. They were joined by other volunteers from other churches and organizations. Beech provided a delicious lunch for all the volunteers, and it was enjoyed by all!
We had a nice turnout for this year’s Easter Egg hunt on March 19. The kids made Resurrection Rolls, which help us learn the story of Jesus’ resurrection, and symbolize the empty tomb. Then they headed out to fill their baskets (and most of them were overflowing! Following the hunt, they came in to open their eggs and enjoy their freshly-baked Resurrection Roll treats. Here are some pictures from the day:
On Wednesday nights during Lent, we met for ELF Nights (“Eat, Learn, and Fellowship”). The evenings began with delicious meals and a time of visiting. Then classes and activities were provided for all ages. Here are a few highlights from this session:
The children learned about “digging in” to God’s Word. They learned all about the Old and New testaments, and did different activities to learn more about the Bible. For one activity, they divided into groups to do skits depicting some of God’s promises:
God created all the living things and He saw that it was very good!
God made a covenant with Abraham and Sarah…and look–here’s a child!
God helped Moses lead His people out of Israel, and gave them the Law.
God sent Jesus to teach and to save us, then sent the Holy Spirit to guide the early church.
The children also made edible scrolls and learned the books of the Bible in order.
Adult classes included Patty’s Hearts and Hands Serving class, and a class called “Please Pass the Faith,” which was based on the book by the same name, all about passing on faith to future generations. The final adult class was a look at the book of 1 Thessalonians.
Lent began with a meaningful Ash Wednesday service. Young and old alike received ashes on their heads or hands and began the season with prayer, focusing on the sacrifice Jesus made for us by going to the cross to take away our sins.
The grades 3-6 children’s Sunday School class joined the adult elective class on Sunday, January 3, to start off the new year with some inter-generational interaction. The elective class, led by Pastor Dan, is studying the Multi-Voiced Church, a concept which values the many unique ideas and talents that a variety of people can bring to the church.
The children and adults had time to interact and listen to one another in both a large group and small group discussions. Questions were asked and answered by both adults and children, with many interesting conversations occurring. It was a good opportunity for the children to get to know adults they might not otherwise chat with, and the adults learned more about the children they frequently see around church.
The morning of December 20 was a festive one at Beech, beginning with a delicious breakfast and time of fellowship, followed by a full Christmas worship service. Many thanks to Sandy for coordinating the morning meal, and to all the volunteers who provided food! During Children’s Time in the worship service, Rachel led the children in discovering their final item to teach them about the Christmas story. It was a birthday cake for Jesus, complete with a birthday party! Josh and Amy also provided special music for the worship service, along with our wonderful accompanist Sheila. More photos from the December 20 worship below:
Christmas Eve was a special service, which included a lighting the Christ candle, and a wonderful drama coordinated by Rachel, and featuring many of our Beech children and several adults. The children also gave an encore of their Christmas music, along with beautiful solos by Jacob and Josh. The evening ended with our traditional candlelight caroling, while everyone surrounded the sanctuary and sang. See pictures from the evening below:
As we begin 2016 together, we look forward to another great year at Beech!
Advent is underway at Beech, as we focus on the hope, love, joy, and peace that our Savior brings!
On the third Sunday of Advent, the children presented two songs. The first, “Leise Rieselt der Scnee,” was sung in German and English, and was accompanied on flute by Sheila, and on ukulele by Anya.
The second song, “Magnificat,” was sung in Latin, and comes from Mary’s song from the Gospel of Luke. The children sang, along with playing hand bells, violin, viola, and cello. The children were led by Amy Glick.
Advent and Christmas celebrations at Beech will continue with the annual Christmas Breakfast at 9:15 am on Sunday, December 20 (during Sunday School hour), followed by a special worship service.
On Christmas Eve, the 7:00 worship service will include the Christmas drama “Away from the Manger,” along with our traditional candlelight caroling. It’s one of the most memorable worship services of the year–all are welcome to join!
The Girls’ Club Christmas Tea has become an annual event that all the girls (and their moms/grandmas/aunts) look forward to! Jeanette hosted the beautiful event on Sunday, December 6, which featured fancy sandwiches, and mint tea or hot cocoa in glass teacups!
After enjoying their lunches (and Hershey’s Kisses…and sugar cubes…) the girls created hand-stamped Christmas cards to give to someone special.
Meanwhile, at the Fredericks’…
The boys’ club and several dads were enjoying a pizza lunch. Then they took advantage of the unseasonably warm December weather and got outside to play soccer and kick ball!
The kids at Beech have made some wonderful contributions to our weekly worship services. During the month of November, they helped us learn about “Light in the Psalms” by opening each service with “We are Marching in the Light of God” sung in both English and Zulu.
The youth also shared their musical gifts by providing music for the Offertory.
We always love it when our young people share God’s Word with us. “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” -Romans 10:15