Christmas Eve 2008

 

3:00 pm Family Service:

Service geared specifically for families with children.

 

Nursery (newborns – 36 months)

  • Reserve by Monday, December 22 by contacting Amy Meyer at 703/639-2000, x3102 or amy.meyer@mcleanbible.org or CLICK HERE to do online now.
  • Check-in opens 15 minutes prior to service.
  • Go directly to nursery rooms to check in.
  • There will be no computerized check-in.  Use the sign in sheet provided and you and your child will receive matrching security wristbands.
  • See TV monitors for nursery room locations.

Preschoolers Explorers (3 years by 9-30-08) & Pathfinders (4 years by 9-30-08)

  • No reservations required.
  • Preschoolers will perform bells, “Away in the Manger.”
  • Preschoolers will practice the bells in their classrooms on weekends in December.
  • Parents, please review basic colors with your children at home to prepare as this is how children know when to ring their bell.
  • Preschoolers must arrive 15 minutes early in order to participate.
  • Bring preschoolers directly to the far right hallway leading into the Main Auditorium, across from the Coat Closet.
  • There will be no computerized check-in.  You and your child will receive matrching security wristbands in the hallway.
  • Parents, reserve seats for your preschoolers.  After they perform, they will be released to you to sit with you for the remainder of the service.
  • Many children enjoy getting on stage and participating in services.  However, if your child is uncomfortable doing this, please do not pressure them.

Elementary children (Kindergarten-5th Grade)

  • Sit with parents in service.

Other information:

  • Access Ministry (children with special needs) available.
  • Sign interpretation available.

  • No Internet Campus available. 

5:00 pm Family Service:

Service geared specifically for families with children.

  • For children newborn-5th Grade, same information as outlined for 3:00pm service above.

  • Access Ministry (children with special needs) available.
  • No sign interpretation available.

  • No Internet Campus available. 

7:00 pm Service with Communion:

 

Nursery (newborns – 36 months)

  • Reserve by Monday, December 22 by contacting Amy Meyer at 703/639-2000, x3102 or amy.meyer@mcleanbible.org.
  • Check-in opens 15 minutes prior to service.
  • Go directly to nursery rooms to check in.
  • There will be no computerized check-in.  Use the sign in sheet provided and you and your child will receive matrching security wristbands.
  • See TV monitors for nursery room locations.

Other information:

  • No Access Ministry (children with special needs) available.
  • Sign language interpretation available.

  • Internet Campus available at www.mcleanbibleinternetcampus.org.

9:00 pm Service with Communion:

  • No childcare available.
  • No Access Ministry (children with special needs) available.
  • No sign language interpretation available.
  • Internet Campus available at www.mcleanbibleinternetcampus.org.

11:00 pm Service with Communion:

  • No childcare available.
  • No Access Ministry (children with special needs) available.
  • No sign language interpretation available.

  • No Internet Campus available.

 

 

WE NEED YOU DECEMBER 24!

We’re looking for help with greeting (not on computers), nursery care, and escorting preschoolers to perform on stage at Christmas Eve services.  INFO: Claudia DeVuono at 703/770-2902 or claudia.devuono@mcleanbible.org.

Christmas Outreach – Angel Tree 2008

Our November Missions Project, MBC’s Christmas Outreach, Angel Tree, a ministry that provides an avenue to share the love of Christ with under-privileged children during the Christmas season.  Every year MBC partners with several organizations to give over 3000 gifts to to children throughout the DC area.  Our children contributed $1129.81 towards Angel Tree .  Also, if your family picked up an Angel Gift Tag off the Christmas Tree in the Main Lobby, gifts are due back December 10.

If you have any questions about Angel Tree or if you’d like to volunteer with gift sorting and distributing, contact Kristen Flory at 703/770-2991 or kristin.flory@mcleanbible.org.

Thank you to all of you who supported this project with your prayers, offering, time, and/or Angel gifts.  We encourage your family to pray for the children who will be receiving these gifts this Christmas.

Celebrate Advent

Growing up, my family had many Christmas traditions and one of the traditions I always looked forward to was the celebration of Advent.  In Latin, the word advent means “the coming” and refers to the period leading up to Christmas.  The celebration of Advent is a time of remembrance and reflection typically held on the 4 Sunday nights prior to Christmas and the final night being Christmas Eve.  Families gather together for scripture reading, prayer, and candle lighting.  A new candle is lit each week, each symbolic for hope, peace, joy, love, and finally, Christ.  This year, Advent begins on Sunday, November 30.  There are a wealth of resources available online that explain Advent more fully and can give you suggestions for making Advent a tradition in your own home.  You can also attend Family Matters on Sunday, December 7, at 9:00 am in Community Room B to see guest authors and illustrators Jack and Kathy Stockman present “The Advent Book.”  For more information about this Family Matters event, contact Mark and Kristen Whitaker at 703/770-2997 or familymatters@mcleanbible.org.

Also, during main services on Saturday, December 6, and Sunday, December 7, catch a glimpse of our KIDstuff Team as they participate in the worship time to introduce Advent to the congregation.  We hope you enjoy our KIDstuff team’s part in sharing this tradition with you.  If you like what you see, mark your 2009 calendars for future KIDstuff performances on February 1, March 1, May 3, and June 7 at 12:30 pm in the Smith Center.  Invite your friends, too!  If you’ve never seen KIDstuff before, click here to view video clips.  For more information about KIDstuff or to volunteer for an upcoming performance, contact Abigail Gustine, KIDstuff Team Leader, at 703/639-2000 x 3150 or kidstuff@mcleanbible.org.

Give Thanks To The Lord

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
1 Chronicles 16:34 (NIV)

 

This weekend, November 22/23, children will be reminded that God wants us to take time to express gratitude for the blessings in our lives.

 

In Preschool clases and 2nd-5th Grade classes, we are sending children home with a decorated Thanksgiving Prayer Box.  As your family thinks of things you are grateful for in the days leading up to Thanksgiving Day, write them down on a piece of paper and place it into this box.  If you have younger children, encourage them to draw pictures of what they are thankful for.  On Thanksgiving Day, open the box and share your blessings together to celebrate what God has done.

 

On behalf of the entire Kid’s Quest Team, have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Do You Celebrate Halloween?

Recently I received an email from someone asking if we did a Halloween-alternative event and whether or not we endorsed the celebration of Halloween.  I thought this topic might be of interest to others so I decided to post my response for you.

 

Kid’s Quest doesn’t necessarily endorse or celebrate Halloween but we do celebrate family.  And fall is a time of year that many people traditionally think of their families and desire to do activities with them.  So you can be certain we’re likely to do something to bring families together each fall.

 

What we do, though, is dependent on our current priorities and available resources.  This past year our ministry’s priorities took a major shift in 2 significant ways.  First, MBC launched a new campus and this was the first campus to have a Kid’s Quest children’s program.  So our focus in the past year has been to help this campus get started and grow towards successful independent operation.  Naturally, this has impacted our time and resources so we decided to be very selective in which events we offered this year.

 

This leads to the second change in priorities.  Our ministry recognizes that parents are the primary faith trainers in their homes.  The amount of time parents spend with their children far surpasses the time we see them on weekends at church.  Therefore, we decided it best to concentrate on improving the teaching components of our weekend program and on better equipping families to reinforce what we’re teaching in their homes.

 

So this year we focused more on the take home materials of our weekend programming so families could take every day moments as opportunities to teach their children.  And we also worked on creating shared family experiences that tie directly into what we’re teaching.  We’ve offered KIDstuff, a family worship and drama experience, and we’ve offered Starting Zone, a progression of events that presents families with the gospel message and leads to baptism.

 

This fall, an opportunity for a new event that might be viewed as a Halloween alternative did arise.  We partnered with one of MBC’s City Impact ministries, Powershift 2024, a community of car-enthusiasts, to present a fall family event called Get Lost!  It included a country drive through West Virginia and ending at Temple Hall Farm in Leesburg to enjoy all the farm activities they offer.  We didn’t do any teaching at this event.  It was purely social to give families an opportunity to meet.

 

We do not know at this time what we’ll be doing next fall but are currently seeking God’s leading as we consider our 2009 calendar.  I am happy to share one major annoucement with you all – a little surprise for those of you who took the time to read this entire post!  We are planning on bringing back The Rock That Rolled Easter Party on Friday, April 3, 2009.  Mark your calendars now for this fun, Easter-themed event for your family and friends!  And if you’re interested in being on the Planning Committee, watch for our December bulletin blurbs advertising for this and who to contact to sign up.