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Pastor's Monthly Newsletter Message

September 2008

Come and continue to enrich your spiritual journey by feeding your spirit and growing in faith!  This year Bower Hill will provide educational opportunities for children and youth using an innovative curriculum called Seasons of the Spirit.  Every Sunday children and youth will explore the same lesson that is used as the centerpiece and guiding theme of worship.  In an effort to encourage the whole family of God to be a part of worship, children in preschool through fifth grade begin their Sunday experience by joining the family of faith in worship and then proceed to class after the children’s message.  Youth classes will be held after worship and will provide worshipers with an opportunity to actively respond to the worship experience. 

Classes and worship are modeled after the same four movements:

 

 

 

gathering:

a time of welcome, song and prayer;

 

 

 

engaging:

a time of in depth exploring of the daily

scripture and its connection to our lives;

 

 

 

responding:

an active time of hands on learning

and personal reflection;

 

 

 

and blessing;

a time for reviewing and sending

with a prayer and blessing.

 

 

As a supplement to the educational experience, elementary students are encouraged to participate in an at home family devotional experience; called Bible Journey, written by Elder Debby Hayes.  Copies are available in the church office for any students who have not received one.

 

Adult Ed. will meet after worship for their regular church and society class.