December Parent Connection

Mrs. Friend - SCCS Faith Integration Specialist

December Storyline - God Moves Into the Neighborhood

As we continue to focus on Creation, Fall, Redemption and Restoration this school year, we are focusing on the the story of Christ's birth and God's plan for salvation in the month of December. We celebrate that the King of kings came to earth to rescue his people and reclaim His creation. Throughout the month we are reflecting on how God moved into our neighborhood in the form of a humble baby, and how we can also bless those around us in our very own neighborhoods . The 7th/8th grade drama team again did an excellent job presenting the Scripture passage from Luke 1 and 2. Pastor Bob Pollema from Faith CRC shared a story that helped all of us reflect on times when we have not welcomed those around us like Christ welcomed us. He also challenged us to reach out to those around us, specifically those who we may be tempted to marginalize or ignore. Click on the videos below to watch the chapel from December 4, and listen to the song for the month.
Storyline Chapel: "God Moves into The Neighborhood
MEEKNESS AND MAJESTY - Graham Kendrick - Lyrics

December Connection Groups

In our December Connection groups students will be making Christmas door hangers/ornaments that the students can give to someone in their own neighborhood. This is part 1. We would like to partner with parents for part 2 of this project. When the students bring the completed door hangers home we encourage you to brainstorm together about a neighbor that you may not know well, and find a way to give the door hanger to them in person or hang it on their door. As God moved into our neighborhood many years ago, we are encouraging our students to think about how we can share God's love to those in our own neighborhoods, especially those we may not know well. The students will also be watching the following video based on Kevin DeYoung's book The Biggest Story.

Tech-Wise Family Book Study

It's not too late! Join us in the SCCS library on Tuesday, December 10th at 7pm for a book discussion of part 2 of The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch. All are invited and childcare will be provided. The book study will conclude on January 14 at 7pm.

Hot off the press! - New Five Ways Tools for families

Five Ways to Pray with your Kids, Five Ways to Help Your Family Grow in Faith and Five Ways to Wonder with Kids are the topics of these brand new resources from FFM! I would encourage you to try one or two of these ideas at home! Click on each image to enlarge. I have also attached pdfs of each tool.

Spiritual Characteristics of Children and Teens

Have you ever wondered about the characteristics of spiritual formation in children and teens? The resource below was put together by the Faith Formation Ministries team as a way of helping parents, educators and church leaders understand faith formation as children grown. Click below to download this valuable resource.