June 28, 2017

Children

We love children! We delight in them even when they aren’t miniature adults behaving perfectly in worship. We are devoted to compassionate, safe and fun care for your child.

During Sunday worship we provide the following:

Pathways of Faith 9:45am-10:45am

Children attend about the first 15 minutes of the 9:30 worship service, participate in the Children's Message, and then move to our Rotation Sunday School – Pathways of Faith.

Grace Place 10:45am-11:00am

A Children's Friendship Time with toys, fun, and good company. Adult supervised, of course! (Held in Fellowship Hall)

Stories and Songs 11:15am-11:45am

Children attend about the first 15 minutes of the 11:00 service, participate in the Children's Message, and then move to Sunday School – Stories and Songs. They come back for the Shalom Circle and final blessing in the sanctuary.

Believing that each child has unique, God-given abilities and that each child learns in different kinds of ways, we employ a rotation model of Sunday School during this time with our children between the Kindergarten and the 5th grade. Believing that practices, symbols, and pictures are important vehicles for forming the faith, we currently use the “We Believe” Curriculum (Presbyterian Church USA) with those who are Preschool age (4 and 5 years old). Our Middle (6th and 7th) and High School (8th- 12th) youth have Sunday School classes during this hour (the Middle High explore and test their beliefs using the “Connect” Curriculum and our High School critically examine and reflect upon their faith using “LinC” Curriculum-both come from Cokesbury). 

MAD Camp

July 31-August 4| 9:00-12:30PM (with the option of childcare until 3:00PM)

 

MAD CAMP! (Music | Arts | Drama)

 

It’s here again and it’s going to be so much fun! During the week of July 31 through August 4 we will learn the music and story of the musical, “Down by the Creekbank.” We will create our scenery, make our costumes and learn the lessons of God’s love for us. Stories around the campfire and outdoor fun will all be a part of this great adventure. There will be a special performance of the musical on Friday evening! The fee is $25.00 for the week. Any additional children in the family will pay $20.00 per child. The childcare after 12:30 PM will pay additional childcare $20 each afternoon session; $100 for the week. We will explore God’s great creation and how he loves each of us. Don’t miss out! Make plans come on this adventure with us,

 

Got friends? Bring them along!

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER…

 

For more information or questions contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc.org

Carol Cobb at ccjcobb@aol.com

Church Farewell to Parkway United Nursery School

Sunday, June 4, 2017 | Following Annual Meeting | 10:45 AM

Parkway Church Council will sponsor a morning tribute to the students, teachers, board members past and present at the 10:45 worship service on June 4.  All are invited to join us for a lunch with picnic fare following the service.  If you know of any former students, past teachers, and board members, please send their names and contact information to Carol Cobb at 314-965-4147 or ccjcobb@aol.com.  We would like to honor their service and attendance to this fantastic preschool.

 

 

 

M.A.D. Camp VBS: A Barbeque for Ben


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August 1-5, 2016| 9:00-12:30 |aftercare:12:30-3:00|Parkway UCC

Come and join us to put on a musical play! The Parkway UCC 2016 Vacation Bible School, A Barbeque for Ben – The Prodigal Son, a musical, is planned for the week of August 1-5 (Monday to Friday), ending with a musical play on Friday night. The program will be from 9:00-12:30pm with after childcare- 12:30-3:00pm. (Bring a lunch)

 

Register Now! Download this form, fill out, and return to us: vbs_registration_2016

 

We need adult and youth volunteers to make this camp a success!

Last year we served many grateful community members and Parkway members who had a wonderful time.

 

SAVE THE DATE—Performance of The Prodigal Son: The Musical: Barbeque for Ben

Friday, August 5, 2016 | 7:00pm Sanctuary

Please come and support the children and youth of Parkway UCC and children from the community who will present: Barbeque for Ben, a musical about the prodigal son. The MAD Camp (Music, Art, Drama) kids will work all week creating scenery, costumes, learning Bible Stories, rehearsing music, practicing drama and generally have a great time. The joy on their face presenting their hard work will leave you smiling. A cake and punch reception follows the performance.

Kite Day! 4/24

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Sunday, April 24 |All Morning |decorate & fly your kite after Sunday school

All children and youth will receive a kite to decorate during the Sunday school hour. After church you and your family can go out and fly your kite! How fun is that? Bring a friend along! Questions? Contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc.org.

Holy Week 2017

Palm Sunday: April 9 | 9:30 & 11:00am
Feel the excitement as Jesus comes into Jerusalem. Wave your palm, listen to scripture that sets the scene for the week, receive the sacrament of communion at our open table. As Jesus enters in, how will we welcome and spend time with him this Holy Week—so that we can become more like him?

Maundy Thursday Service: April 13 | 7:00pm
Join us in the Gathering Space for a simple soup supper as we hear about the Passover that Jesus and the disciples were in the city to celebrate. We will ask God to let some of this Holy Week pass us by. Gather at our open table to receive the incredible gift of communion—which will sustain us in these next days of challenge.

Good Friday Prayers: April 14 | noon | Historic Sanctuary
Enter into the heaviness on this day of trial, tribulation, crucifixion. The organ will play and we will observe some silence. We will hear scripture and poetry and reflect on this last day.

Good Friday Service: April 14 | 7:00pm | New Sanctuary
Absorbing Even This! We will imagine the unthinkable and come out on the other side. On the darkest night, we will remind ourselves of the depths of God’s love for us. The Choir and Voices of Grace will sing and we will be aware of light and shadow tonight.

Easter Prayer Vigil: April 14 | Good Friday through Easter Sunrise!
Please sign up to be in prayer for at least one of the 36 hours at your home—not at church. Devotion materials will be available in the Gathering Space or on our website (parkwayucc.org). There are a great deal of helps in this booklet—even activities and discussion starters for families with children/youth. Please make a plan—which may include a walk through the Devotion booklet—so you can hit the ground running when your specific time rolls around.

Easter Sunrise Service: April 16 | 6:00am | Elm Lawn Cemetery
(Behind the Historic Sanctuary across the street)
Gathering in the darkness like the women did long, long ago, we will be literally warmed and encouraged by the “new fire.” The Day of Resurrection will dawn on us as we see the empty tomb and decide for ourselves what we’ll do next.

Easter Worship: April 16 | 9:30 Traditional & 11:00am Informal
Lilies all around, snuffed Lenten candles now ablaze again, fresh flowers being placed in the cross, stirring music in the air, eager kids everywhere you look…Come celebrate the most important day of the year! We will experience the turning and returning of Mary and a couple of the disciples at the tomb. It has been a season of deepening our Christ-like identity. Lean in toward God! [Special Easter activities for the kids during worship—Easter Egg Hunt after both services.]

Book Sunday 2/7

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Book Sunday

February 7 | 10:00am One Family Service | Sanctuary

We will celebrate Book Sunday on February 7 at the One Family Service at 10:00 AM! What is Book Sunday? Every year the Christian Education Commission carefully chooses age appropriate books for all our children and youth, babies through 8th grade. This is a special Sunday for all of children and youth, make plans to be with us so that we can give the kids these special gifts from our church family. Special thanks to Carmen Bumgarner for all her time and talents in making this special day possible!

Advent Workshop 12/6

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Sunday, December 6 | 4:00-6:00pm | Fellowship Hall

Parkway UCC Christmas Elves are bringing our annual Advent Workshop back this year. Come join us to make crafts for the holiday season. Mingle around the different booths for all types of activities, including making special holiday ornaments, a nativity set, bird feeders, yummy cookies to decorate, and other crafts. God’s Eyes will be special craft available. Our traditional soup dinner will be held as the craft booths close. We love to see families working together. A short Vesper service provided by our confirmation class will be held at the close of the evening.

Carol Cobb and Barb Kuhlmann, Head Elves this year, are recruiting dedicated Christmas Elves to run booths. Already signed up are Ingrid Scharf and Jill Schatz. We are still recruiting more helpers: Phone lines and email are now open.

Membership Care, along with Linda Tossing, will be providing Kitchen Elves and are recruiting special super cooks to make a pot of their favorite soup to share, to bring bread or crackers, or a dessert.

What a great way to kick off the holiday season in a special way. Please join us for this yearly Parkway event. Click below to view your sign-up options.

SIGNUP

 

Christmas Pageant 12/13

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Join us for a wonderful, heartwarming, crowd-pleasing performance!

Bubble Bus & Blast Off to Sunday School 9/20

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Sunday, September 20 | 9:50am activities | 10:30 bubbles

To kick off Parkway UCC Sunday School year we are hosting the Tekno Bubble Bus on our parking lot! Our spirit is bubbling up and we are so excited about a new year. We will have fun activities for children attending Pathways of Faith and then after the Bubble Bus activities for Stories and Song attendees. Carol Cobb: ccjcobb@aol.com | 314-965-4147

M.A.D. Camp – VBS with a Twist! Aug 3-7

MAD CAMPIt’s something different, it’s something new, it’s something you’ll be glad you can do. It’s M.A.D. camp! A week of music, art and drama like you’ve never experienced! We will learn the music from the musical, Oh Jonah. We will make scenery, create our costumes and learn the lessons of Jonah in Bubba’s Belly! Each morning we will meet at 9:00am. Each camper will bring a lunch and dismissal will be at 1:00pm. There will be childcare offered until 3:00pm for an additional fee. We plan on shouting out this event to the neighborhood so make plans to be with us and bring friends along!

Mission Project: 

We are requesting the following items to help the children and youth of Parkway put together 80 bags for the clients of Pilgrim UCC Food Pantry.

Please bring your items to the Gathering Space and place in the baskets labeled Pilgrim Food Pantry:

Bar Soap or Liquid Body Soap, Deodorant, Disposable Razors, Shaving Cream, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Dental Floss, Toilet Paper, Feminine Products, Paper Towels, Facial Tissue, Dish and Laundry Detergent. 

Our theme for the week revolves around Jonah and the Whale story with daily themes to Listen for God’s voice, walk in the way of the Lord, Pray for help in times of need, and God loves us and is always with us.  Blessings to all involved.

Register now!

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