Lenten Offerings

2017 Lenten Activities for Families
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper (February 28, 5:30-7:00pm)
Everyone is welcome to enjoy traditional pancakes and activities to usher in the season of Lent. Bring your palm crosses to be prepared for Ash Wednesday. Children will decorate and “bury” their alleluias in the tomb. This year, our Haiti Outreach Team will host the pancake supper.  http://www.epicenter.org/why-do-we-bury-the-alleluia/
Ash Wednesday- (March 1, 5:30pm)
 Imposition of ashes, children’s homily and participatory celebration of the Eucharist. Family Services offered during Lent are designed for elementary aged children and their parents, though all ages are welcome. Services are approximately 45 minutes in length and will begin in the Nave at 5:30 pm.
Wednesdays in Lent (March 8, 22, 29  and  April 5)
All children, Preschool – 12th Grade, are invited to observe Lent by joining weekly activities & worship designed specifically for them. (Nursery will be provided for children under age 3.) Choose from the options listed:
 4:30-6:00pm
Living Lent – (PK-6th grade) Through art, music, games and worship, children will focus on the Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and alms giving in engaging activities. There is no fee for these 4 sessions. Reserve a place for your child by emailing the Children’s Minister: gayelynn@stmaa.com   
Plain Talk About Sex (for children in grades 4-6 and their parents) This signature class for both kids and parents together addresses anatomy, physiology, sexual reproduction, abuse prevention and communication. The course costs $80 for parents and 1 child (each additional child is $30) Registration is closed.
Adult Conversations and Coloring- (for parents not participating in the Sexuality class) Parents will enjoy visiting and have an opportunity to color new Stations of the Cross, to be used during Holy Week.
Dinner served 6:00 – 6:30pm
Optional Soup/Salad dinner will be served in Spencer Hall. Cost: $5 per person or $15 for a family. Credit cards will be accepted at the door.
6:30-8:00
Living Lent(1st -6th grade) Through art, music, games and worship, children will focus on the Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and alms giving in engaging activities. There is no fee for these 4 sessions. Reserve a place for your child by emailing the Children’s Minister: gayelynn@stmaa.com   
Plain Talk About Sex: A Course for Pre-Teens/Teens- (for youth in grades 7-12) This class will focus on the changes both males and females go through during puberty, sexual reproduction and decision making as well as responsibility and abuse prevention.  The course costs $80 for one student (each additional youth is $30) Registration is required by February 22nd. To register: http://www.stmaa.com/ministries-groups/children--youth/youth-sexuality-classes.html 
Adult Conversations- (for parents of 7th – 12th grade youth) Mother Amy Cox will facilitate discussion with parents about teens, sexuality and faith. Conversations will parallel the Sexuality Course for Pre-teens and Teens.
Holy Week
Holy Week Workshop- (Sunday, April, 2017   1:00-4:00 pm)
This afternoon full of activities is designed for elementary aged children and their parents. Explore the events of Holy Week through music, food, art, storytelling, puzzles and games.  The workshop will take place in Spencer Hall. Make reservations for your family to attend by April 5th.  Email: gayelynn@stmaa.com
 
Maundy Thursday- (April 13) Foot Washing and instructed Stripping of the Altar, no Eucharist.
 
Good Friday- (April 14) Participants will walk through 5 interactive Stations of the Cross, concluding with Christ’s resurrection.
The Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services are designed for elementary aged children and their parents, though all ages are welcome. Services are approximately 45 minutes in length and will begin in the Nave at 5:30 pm.
 
Easter Vigil- (Saturday   April 15     8:00 pm)
Children and their parents are most welcome to participate. The Easter Vigil is a beautiful service which begins in darkness, to represent the darkness of the tomb. The stories of our ancestors are told by torchlight, then the new fire of Easter is lit and processed to the front of the Nave. The congregation holds candles, which are then lit, filling the Nave with the new light of Easter. A full Eucharist service follows. Remember to bring  bells to ring, as we celebrate the resurrection!
 
 
Gaye Lynn Huddleston, Director of Children's Ministry
Email:gayelynn@stmaa.com
Phone:816-239-8600