Children's Christmas Pageant is December 10
This year, our children will be presenting a Nativity play during the 10:30 service on December 10. All children and youth are invited to participate! Rehearsals will take place in lieu of Sunday School on Nov 5, Nov 12, Nov 19, and Dec 3. There will be a dress rehearsal on Dec 9th at 9:00 a.m. We'll also host a cookie exchange after the service on December 10, so start working on your best Christmas Cookie recipe.
Sunday School teachers and helpers still needed!
Preschool through Elementary school age kids are welcome to St. Jude's Sunday School! Join new friends for fun and age-appropriate lessons every Sunday during the 10:30 a.m. service. Children will re-join their families in the Sanctuary during the passing of the peace so they can participate in communion. Children must be potty-trained to attend Sunday School. Of course, the nursery is also available during both services for littler ones.
Interested in volunteering to help with Sunday School? A teacher and volunteer observer are needed for each classroom every week. An online "safe church" training class is required. Please talk to one of the members of the Children and Youth Ministry team or one of the adults in the Sunday School classrooms for more information.
Next Youth Events - Christmas Pageant on December 10 and Youth Christmas Party December 17
The Children and Youth Ministry Team is sponsoring a Gingerbread House Competition!
Date: December 9th
Time: 9am to 12:30pm
Age groups: 10 and under, 11-17, 18+. One winner from each age group.
Prizes: $25 giftcard to Jeremiah’s Italian Ice (>10), $25 giftcard to HoneyBee Ice cream and Arcade (11-17), $25 Visa giftcard.
Voting: Dollar per vote. Each gingerbread house will have a jar. Gingerbread house with the most money wins. Voting will be anonymous.
Charity: All money collected will be donated to Twin Cities Pavilion- assisted living facility.
Registration: Free to enter but must register with name, phone number, email, and age to participate.
Drop off: Thursday 7 December from 10-2pm. If a participant cannot make it during that time frame, they must contact Samantha Richard to schedule a different drop off time.
Pick up: All gingerbread houses must be picked up by 1pm on Sunday December 10th, or they can leave the gingerbread house for us to dispose of.
Winter Woods at Beckwith
Beckwith’s Winter Woods retreat is from Friday January 12th to Monday January 15th, children in grades 3rd to 12th are invited for a weekend of fellowship at Camp Beckwith. There will be bonfires, high ropes courses, dean programs, and more!
St. Jude’s will cover the cost of attendance. Please reach out with any questions!
Safeguarding God's Children
St. Jude's Episcopal Church is committed to ensuring it provides a safe and caring environment.
We aim to create safe environments within which our welcome to all is matched by proper and effective safeguards.
Having employees and volunteers well-trained in abuse prevention is essential in creating a safe environment for everyone.
More information about the required training can also be found on the Diocese website at www.diocgc.org.
The Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast requires everyone who works with children and youth to take online Safe Church / Safe Communities training.
St. Jude's also maintains a policy of two-person integrity in all situations involving children and youth.