THIS SUNDAY - MULTI-GENERATIONAL FAMILY WORSHIP
This Sunday, congregants of all ages will be helping to lead us in our first Family Worship service of this program year. **Children in 1st, 3rd, and 4th grade will be leading portions of worship. If you are a parent of children in these grades, please reply to this email if your child can participate and arrive to the Sanctuary on Sunday no later than 9:45am to rehearse their part in the service. Click here for 1st grade 'script' or here for 3rd/4th grade 'script'.
There will be no Sunday School for ages 4 and higher, but coloring books and quiet games will be available in the Narthex. Nursery care is available for children through 3 years old.
There will be a New Member Inquiry class after church this in Griswold Hall for those who are considering joining First Church. Please reply to this email if you plan on attending and/or if you will need childcare. Light refreshments will be served.
NOVEMBER SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
Our monthly spiritual practice activities are creative ways to connect to God, and can help with the hectic day to day stress of schedules and dominance of technology. May these 'practices' bring balance, as you and your family cultivate new ways to engage with God and each other.
One way we can use our breath to focus and pay attention to God is simply through deep breathing to calm and center ourselves when we’re feeling anxious. Another way is through use of a Breath Prayer, which is simply repetition of a short prayer phrase timed with one’s breathing. Typically, the prayer is made up of a favorite name for God, along with a short phrase stating what we’re seeking from God. The classic breath prayer is some form of “God, have mercy on me.” This is a great form of prayer to teach children and teens to use because it’s short and simple and can be done anywhere.
NOVEMBER CONFIRMATION CLASSES
Confirmation 1 (9th grade): THIS MONDAY, 11/12, 7pm, Griswold Hall. Click here for Year 1 Schedule.
Confirmation 2 (10th grade): Monday, 11/26, 7pm in Griswold Hall. Click here for Year 2 Schedule.
YOUTH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
If you are looking for volunteer hours as a confirmand, PF member, or simply a teen looking to serve, your faith community has several opportunities available to you! Serviing during church is always appreciated, once or on a monthly basis: as Sunday School assistants, ushers, Nursery helper, etc. Plug yourself in, and let us know how you'd like to live out your faith!
PILGRIM FELLOWSHIP (9th-12th grade)
Pilgrim Fellowship is a Youth Outreach Ministry of First Congregational Church of Guilford, and meets most Sunday nights. For more information, please contact our PF Director, Judi Wallace.
Annual Shoreline Interfaith Thanksgiving Service @4pm
The Thirteen houses of worship of the Shoreline Interfaith Council will gather for the Annual Thanksgiving Service in the Sanctuary of First Congregational Church of Guilford. This year’s theme is Common Ground: Coming Together for Thanksgiving. Music will be provided by the Combined Shoreline Choirs.The service is open to the public and everyone is asked to bring a donation of non-perishable food. A free-will offering will be taken with the proceeds going to support local food pantries.
The first fire drill of the season will be conducted in Sunday School on 11/25 during the 10am worship service.
Children's Choirs meet on Wednesday afternoons at the church during the program year. Please email Gail Etter, our Cherub Choir director (K-2nd gr), or Liza Catino, our Junior Choir director (3rd-8th gr), with any questions.
Becky Stambaugh, Director of Children and Family Ministries
First Congregational Church of Guilford
122 Broad St.
Guilford, CT 06437