Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Mark 10:14
Good Shepherd offers groups for children of all ages to make new friends and have fun learning about God!
Little Shepherds – 3 & 4 year olds – meet on the 2nd Sunday of each month, 3:30-4:30 pm. Hour consists of Bible stories, puzzles, crafts, age-appropriate games and many other Christian-based activities. Join Little Shepherds on The City for the latest information!
Serving Our Savior (SOS) – kindergarten thru 2nd grade – meet on the 1st Sunday of each month, 3:30-4:30 pm. Hour consists of theme-based devotions, crafts, and games. This group has two “almost sleepovers” during the school year and outside activities, including movies and day trips to Camp Agape. Join SOS on The City for the latest information!
True Believer’s Friendship Club (TBFC) – 3rd & 4th grade – meet on the 3rd Sunday of each month, 3:30-4:30 pm. Hour consists of theme-based devotions, crafts, and games. This group has a sleepover once a year and outside activities, including movies, bowling, and BYG (Building Youth Groups) weekend retreats at Camp Agape twice a year. Join TBFC on The City for the latest information!
Kids on Fire (KOF) – 5th Grade – meet on the 4th Sunday of each month, 3:30-4:30 pm. Hour consists of theme-based devotions, crafts, games, and service projects. This group has a sleepover once a year and outside activities, including movies, bowling, rock climbing, service projects, and BYG (Building Youth Groups) weekend retreats at Camp Agape twice a year. Join KOF on The City for the latest information!
SHiNE Worship (3rd Sunday of each month, 12:30-1:00 pm): An inclusive, interactive worship service that is geared toward families with and without children who may need a shorter, more active service. Incorporating a picture schedule that guides worship, instruments, sensory items, and simple, memorable music, SHiNE is a friendly, welcoming service for all. Learn more
For more information on these and other upcoming children’s events at Good Shepherd, check out the Children’s News section of the weekly Pewsletter and monthly newsletter.
From the Past…
Another busy summer has come to an end. While children were traveling, enjoying the sun, going to the pools, and relaxing, many were also participating in the summer church activities of Day Camp and Summerfest.
During the week of July 9th – 13th, around fifty children spent their days at GSLC with Children’s Director, Barb Newcomer, and seven counselors from Lutheroad. Throughout the week, the children learned through skits, songs, crafts, and games, about how – through God’s love – they are gifted, forgiven, loved, gathered, and sent to spread God’s word. Parents donated lots of wonderful treats throughout the week. Day camp provided several exciting activities as well. On Tuesday, the group braved the weather to go to the Greystone pool. Wednesday had us bowling at Sparians in North Hills. The children and counselors had a blast participating in the Mystery Theater plays “Summer Camp Mystery” and “The Elves and the Two Bakers” on Thursday morning and the water day that afternoon. Thursday night was the annual day camp overnight. Everyone stayed up late eating s’mores by a campfire and playing games. The children awoke to a homemade pancake, bacon), and egg breakfast prepared by our church’s youth. Throughout the week, the children also made pillows for Pan Lutheran Ministry participants.
Forty-four children practiced our Summerfest play, “Jonah’s Druthers,” during the week of August 5th – August 9th and performed the musical at two services on August 12th. The musical was the familiar story of Jonah, but with a Western twist and a well instead of a Whale. You had to be there for it to make sense! The children, youth and parents worked so hard and did a wonderful job!!! Many thanks also to the pastors for being such “colorful” characters!
We would like to thank all parents for sharing their time and their children with us this summer. Thanks also to the wonderful youth who make Day Camp possible and for your continued assistance with Summerfest. Be on the lookout for the many school-year activities calendars. We will be starting age-related youth groups, Advent Festival, trips to Agape, and other outings beginning after Labor Day.
In His Name,
Children’s Ministry Chair
True Believers Friendship Club Sleepover
On Friday, February 24, two adults and 11 teenage youth braved a night with 28 3rd-5th graders. The evening started off calmly enough with pizza & colorful woopie pies for dinner. Later, the children participated in a play called “Movie Star Mystery” that was lead by the drama troupe Kaleidoscope Theater. With the help of numerous costume props, the children became characters in a crime mystery. After the play, the children were split up into small groups lead by the youth helpers to play the awesome game of CLUE while trying to figure out who done it going to different stations around the church and doing crazy things like ring around the rosy to get a clue! Icees were well deserved when finished!!
Then came time for “The 10 Plagues” in Underwood Hall. Thanks to the willingness of several High School Youth for acting and dressing the parts of the story while it was being read. The favorite plague seemed to be boils by using calamine lotion, cotton balls and band aids although the hail and lighting with neon bouncy balls and the flashing of lights was a really cool site to see!
Drama skits presented by the youth helpers are such a treat, with the newest one being “Pencils” please ask your child about that one! The children then had a blast wrapping four of the helpers in toilet paper from head to toe. Each group was able to “decorate” their mummy however they liked. We had mummies with crazy hair, bug-eyed glasses, masks, necklaces, hats – one even had a noisemaker coming from his mouth! As much fun as it was to wrap the mummies, that was nothing compared to the fun of playing with the discarded toilet paper after the mummies broke out of their wrappings! The fellowship hall looked like it had snowed inside!
After clean-up – and there was A LOT! – The children changed for bed and settled down to watch the movie Mr. Poppers Penguins. They finally got to sleep about 2:00 in the morning. Breakfast was Krispy Crème doughnuts, fresh strawberries, OJ and milk. A fun time was had by all!
Many thanks to our Children’s Director, Barb Newcomer, “official “ GSLC photographer Johanna Taylor, and all of our wonderful youth helpers for staying the night. Thanks also go to Sandy Cash for providing colorful woopie pies, Ken Newcomer for making that early morning trip to Krispy Crème so we could have our warm doughnuts and other parents for donating snacks. TBFC – we are looking forward to the next time!!!
“THE FIRST ACTION HEROES” Power Up To God
Thirty children in grades 1 through 6 attended a musical drama camp at GSLC the week of August 10. Then they presented “The First Action Heroes”, a musical drama about the Power of God on Sunday, August 17 during the 8:15 and 9:45 services.
During the 17 hours of rehearsals leading up to the Summerfest performance the children really grew to understand the message in “The First Action Heroes”. They learned to TRUST in God, have COURAGE, find FORGIVENESS, OBEY God and experience the LOVE of Jesus. They did an amazing job of showing their love for Jesus and others through singing, dancing, acting, and making new friends. We had our very own “Super Heroes” come to show the way and introduce GSLC campers to the Bible’s First Action Heroes: David, Esther, Joseph and Joshua. These Bible heroes taught the campers how to deal with bullies by taking the campers through the heroes’ life stories. .
The Summerfest children were led by a team of six adults (Jill Brimhall, Barb Newcomer, Kerstin Kaiser, Marlene Barz, Lorrie Houze and Jeanie Bohl) and 10 Youth Helpers. With this great leadership the week was smooth and the gospel was given out on Sunday morning “without a hitch”. A BIG THANKS to all the leaders, youth helpers, and parent helpers who stayed throughout the week and assisted with set design and sound, and to the parents for getting their children to rehearsals and putting up with late dismissals.
The service project for Summerfest was to collect underwear for the Mnene Parish orphans in Zimbabwe. Underwear is a much needed item for our friends that GSLC supports. Our Summerfest children collected over 200 girl’s underwear and over 40 boy boxers. These items will be delivered to the Mnene Parish in the near future.
Thank you to all who made this production of “The First Action Heroes” and the week of Summerfest possible. We all learned that “God’s love is amazing” and that “you can conquer any challenge with the Lord on your side.”
Lutheridge Day Camp 2008
Day Camp 2008 was a memorable experience for kids, counselors and adults. Many smiles, laughs and blessings were with us through out the week. Our counselor‚s names were Jason, Bandy, Tim, Sarah, Amanda, Hannah and Rob. Their caring, enthusiasm and the way they worked together during the week helped to make camp a huge success.
The kids were wonderful the entire week and it was clear on their faces they were having a blast. Field trips to Greystone pool and Pleasant Valley Bowling Alley were awesome. Water day on Thursday was a huge success. In case you are wondering about the picture that is shaving cream over all of us!!
This year we had 5 Belarusian children with us the week of camp, Zhanna, Ivan, Rita, Liza and Artisom along with their interpreter Yonas. It is such a pleasure to have them every year and to experience the different cultures.
Our service project this year was for the orphans of Mnene Parish. Each camper decorated a bag for one orphan and we collected medical supplies. Peggy Ruopp was kind enough to come in on Friday and talk with the kids about the Mnene Parish.
Thursday night we had a program for all the parents consisting of songs, skits and what the kids had learned about God this week. We had ice cream and cake to top off the program. After parents were gone we all headed outside for our campfire, skits and those yummy smores. Our night ended with candle power in each of our small groups and counselor. Midnight lights were dimmed and all were REALLY asleep.
Friday morning breakfast consisted of 16 pounds of bacon, 6 dozen eggs, oranges and hundreds of pancakes. The final crafts, care group and games were played during the morning then noon was upon us which meant time for closing and saying good bye!
I want to personally thank Deanna Klimek, Tracy Hausfeld, Cathy Newcomer, Lisa Holzworth, Rebecca Klimek, Nathan Klimek, Christy Lyles, Ryan Lyles and Lindsay Lewis for all their help throughout the week. Another special thanks to all the parents who made snack and drove to the field trips. We couldn‚t have done it without you.
I look forward to camp 209 and I‚m excited about new adventures, faces and ideas that we can experience together. Camp is such a joy for me and holds a very special place in my heart.
In Christ Service, Miss Barb
Summerfest 2007 – From Acorns to Oaks
Twenty-eight children in grades 1 through 6 attended a musical, drama camp at GSLC the week of August 13 for three hours a day. They presented “Acorns to Oaks”, a musical drama about growing in you faith in Jesus Christ on Sunday, August 19 during the 8:15 and 9:45 services.
These “little acorns” really grew during the week by coming prepared, knowing the songs and their lines, learning motions and dances, memorizing bible verses, and of course having fun. The children really understood the message in “Acorns to Oaks” and learned about harvesting God’s fruit and the parable of the sower and the seed. We had a misguided farm girl, some mischievous crows and nasty rumor weeds that presented some obstacles, but the children learned and presented the message that the best way to produce the fruit God desires is to plant their roots firmly in God’s Word. Our three pastors (The Terminators) helped get the message across by exterminating the rumor weeds. On Sunday our “little acorns” truly were “mighty oaks”. They did a terrific job spreading the fruits of the spirit with their love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
During the week a team of six adults and 15 youth helpers directed the children and organized all the activities. A BIG THANKS to all the leaders, youth helpers and parents for helping to plant the seeds and making the harvest grow.
The service project for Summerfest was collecting food for Urban Ministries and Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s – BackPack Buddies program. BackPack Buddies program provides backpacks filled with child-friendly nutritious food to needy children in our area over the weekend and during holiday breaks. The children brought food during the week of rehearsals and then collected the generous harvest that our congregation brought on Sunday. The food items, which totaled approximately 560 pounds, were split between the two organizations. We received a wonderful note from BackPack Buddies thanking us for our generous donations and saying they will completely fill 35 backpacks for children in need.
Thank you to all who made this production of “Acorns to Oaks” and the week of Summerfest possible.
TBFC Gingerbread House Construction Party
True Believers Friendship Club had it’s annual Gingerbread House making on December 17 in Underwood Hall. We had 50 participants ranging from 3rd thru 5th graders, plus our usual high school helpers and of course those wonderful college helpers who always seem to return to help no matter how many years it has been. Many thanks to Shirley Anthony for making all of the houses for us so we could decorate them so beautifully.
TBFC Pool Party
On August 20th 32 kids and 10 Sr. High school helpers invaded the Riverside Sub Division pool. We consumed 11 pizza’s and 48 cupcakes along with lots of fun in the water. What a beautiful day with lots of sun and no rain in sight. Please enjoy the pictures and see how much fun all of us had no matter what are age was. More pictures can be found here.