Based on real facts (but perhaps old information), this is an edited list of mostly youth and church school items from bulletin inserts, Steeple News, and emails.
Family Fun Tuesdays Summer Family Game Night
Looking for something fun to do with the kids this summer? Join us on Tuesdays during August from 6:30 to 8:00 pm for a time of fellowship and games for kids and parents. We will meet either outside in the field or inside the Fellowship Hall if the weather is bad. We will be led in playing some great inter-generational family games, and there will also be a table with different weekly crafts and board games. We’ll be closing every evening with ice cream sundaes. Fill our our contact form if you have any questions. We hope you and yours will join us for some summer evenings of faith family fun!
Help Needed for ODE Research Project
Are you a high school or college student home for the summer with a few extra hours to spare? Open Door Exchange has a small computer-based research project that will make a big difference! If you want to earn some community service hours, build your resume, or just want to help out, please contact ODE.
Summer Church School
Summer Church School begins the second Sunday in June. As always, infant and toddler care will be provided. Children in pre-K – 6 will attend worship as usual through the Children’s Message. They will then be met in the hallway outside the sanctuary for one of several summer adventures we have planned for them! These adventures are designed to let the children have hands-on experiences in learning about the history and work of our church as God’s hands in the world. In the past, the children have explored the history of the church and made tombstone rubbings; learned from our flower committee how to make flower arrangements like the ones in church to take home; helped prepare food bags and supplies for the church Breakfast Run into the city to feed the homeless; made the bulletin covers for Homecoming Sunday and helped to fix up furniture for ODE. Adventures like these and others await our children this summer as we continue to nurture their faith and share with them the work God has called their faith family to do in God’s name!
Church School during the school year
Children in preschool through 6th grade are in worship until after the children’s message (about 9:45) and are in Sunday School until 10:45am-11:00am.
Youth Group uniquely offers time to step away from the pressures of school and other demands to be part of a community of people who support and encourage one another. It is an opportunity to reflect on life and faith, and friendships are formed that last a lifetime. We also find ways to serve our neighbors and the world. All junior and senior high age youth of the church, their friends, and youth from the community are welcome.
During the School Year:
The Youth Group typically meets from 6pm to 8pm Tuesdays at the church.
The Tuesday meetings are not held during school holidays.
Please put the date on your calendar and respond right away to email invitations.
Participants in the Youth Group are asked to complete and return Form 6 – Youth Group Registration. Parents are asked to sign up to cook dinner on at least two nights during the year. So that we can reimburse parents, we ask for donations for meals of $7 per night, or $70 per semester (checks to “Setauket Presbyterian Church” or “SPC”).
Young adults are invited to participate in any of the church activities, fellowship, adult ed, committees.
Highlighted are the mission opportunities: helping at the Soup Kitchen or at meal preparation, at the Open Door Exchange, going to NYC on Breakfast Runs.
Opportunities at Holmes Camp or other locations are researched on request; ask a pastor, the Director or Christian Education, or contact the church office.
We will even help you make your own opportunities.
There are some great opportunities for young adults to serve — see the PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer program. Feb 1 is the deadline for international service applications, and May 1 is the annual deadline for the program. Here’s a message from the YAV program:
The Young Adult Volunteer program is a yearlong service opportunity for young people, ages 19-30, in 21 sites across the United States and around the world. The YAV year occurs from August through July.
It is our goal to place as many young people as possible into a transformational year of service. Would you please share each to encourage young people to apply?
Following @yavprogram on all major social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) is a great way to receive programmatic insights as current YAVs are taking over the account. We also have a short (3 min) promotional video that can be accessed online here. Please share!
Anyone interested in helping out as a worship assistant or as a greeter may contact the church office.
High-school, college or graduate students are invited to work with ERASE Racism in the following programs: Student Leadership Program (high-school), Internship/Fellowships (all ages), Volunteer (all ages), Student Voices (all ages).
The Adult Ed Committee will continue to support a series of parenting workshops focused on the many challenges parents face today and how our faith helps us to face those challenges.
The group met in 2016 and 2015.
In 2014, we used a book called “Home Grown Handbook For Christian Parenting” as our guide.
Child care will be provided. (also check the Adult Ed events)
PARENTS OF SR. HIGHS and COLLEGE YOUTH
Make sure the church office has updated mailing and email addresses for those in your family who are away at school. These must be resubmitted every year so that we can keep in touch with them in varying ways throughout the school year.
Youth can also earn scholarships by organizing a blood drive.
Check it out!
CHURCH SCHOOL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
THE CHURCH SCHOOL NEEDS YOU!
Do you like reading stories to children? If so, this is the opportunity for you!
We always need volunteers to read stories to the children in the toddler room on Sunday mornings and help ensure that we have two adults present as we care for the youngest members of our church community. There will be a youth assistant and a hired caretaker in the toddler room to take care of the children’s other needs.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEMBERS.
Come join the CE committee the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8:00PM and have a say in what the children are learning and doing at church.
Look for the next class to start in Fall, 2017. If you’d like to start sooner, talk to a pastor, or the Director of Christian Education. Thanks to parents, mentors, and the church members who support us.