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MAUNDY THURSDAY, 4/18
Maundy Thursday Service in the Sanctuary at 7pm.


GOOD FRIDAY, 4/19
Sanctuary doors open for prayer, 12-3pm.


HOLY SATURDAY, 4/20
Breakfast and Easter devotion in Fellowship Hall, 9-11am.  9am - breakfast, 10am - devotion in the Garden.


EASTER SUNDAY, 4/21 

  • 5:45am Sunrise Service at Jacob's Beach (gathering at 5:30am at beach)

  • 9am and 11am services in the Sanctuary (Nursery care provided at these services for children 3 years and younger.  These are Family Worship Services - No Sunday School)

  • Easter Egg Hunt on the Lawn for children Nursery age through 6th grade at 10am in between services.  Don't forget to bring your Easter basket!  If rain, we will hunt in the Education building! 

 

 

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APRIL 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. 
 

During the time of LENT, there are many ways to encourage children to slow down, connect with God, and learn the stories of Jesus.  Try doing some of these contemplative practices with your family to feel God's Spirit.  

  • Get a bell, a chime, or any other calming sound.  Try and listen to the sound all the way until it disappears.

  • Make a mindfulness glitter jar.  Fill a jar with water, about an inch of glitter, glitter glue, and food coloring.  Shake the jar up, and watch the glitter settle as you breathe deeply.

  • Try a centering moment before your family eats together or drives anywhere. Just a moment of silence to be intentionally present with God.

  • Find a meaningful object to place in the middle of your table when your family eats together.  This​​ can be a centerpiece that reminds you to talk about the stories of Jesus.

Taken from deepbluekids.com, People Welcome Jesus: Spiritual Practice Station

 

 

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UPCOMING CONFIRMATION CLASSES
Confirmation 1 (9th gr):  Mon, 5/13, 7pm in Grisowld Hall.
Confirmation 2 (10th gr):  THIS MON, 4/22, 7pm in Griswold Hall.

YOUTH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The usher team is looking for any youth volunteers who might be interested in helping on Sunday mornings in the months of April and May.  Please reply to this email if you are available!


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.
***PRAYERS FOR JUDI, AND OUR TEENS AND LEADERS AS THEY TRAVEL HOME AND ARRIVE IN THE WEE HOURS ON EASTER MORNING!

 

 

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MULTI-GENERATIONAL FAMILY WORSHIP SUNDAY, 5/5
In addition to our regular worship leaders each Sunday, our PK/K/5th/6th graders, as well as our Junior choir, will be taking part in the leadership of our worship together.  This is a Churchwide Family Worship Service so all children are invited to worship with their families.  We will all partake in communion together as one faith community.


FIRE DRILL, 5/12
Our last fire drill of the school year will be during Sunday School on May 12th.


CONFIRMATION 2 'NIGHTWATCH' RETREAT, 5/17
Our confirmands will attend the annual retreat at St. John the Divine Cathedral in NYC, an evening designed to help us reflect and renew!


 

 

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CHILDREN'S CHOIRS
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.
 

 

 

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Becky Stambaugh, Director of Children and Family Ministries

First Congregational Church of Guilford

122 Broad St.

Guilford, CT 06437

becky@firstchurchguilford.org
www.firstchurchguilford.org