Watch the Big Game under the Big Tent!

October 17, 2021
Come together for an intergenerational gathering to watch the Vikings take on the Carolina Panthers. Kick-off is at noon under the Big Top! Bring your chair, wear your fan gear (and bring a mask!), pick up lunch from one of our local restaurants and let’s watch some football! The Committee for Children, Youth, and Families will provide some snacks and hot cider, and there will some activities on hand for kids who get tired of watching the game. We can’t wait to see you there!

Everything kids, teens and parents need to know!

 

Welcome back, Plymouth family!

It has been 2 years since we have had a Rally Sunday in-person gathering, and we can’t wait to see you! Here are the details for Sunday!

*In-person outdoor worship at 9 and 11am!

*Bouncy slide, DJ, treats and activities for all after 9am service. Coffee, treats and fellowship after 11am service.

*Opportunities to take a walking tour through the building to see the Community Art installation hung in Guild Hall.

*Reconnect with old friends and opportunities to introduce new folx to Plymouth–feel free to invite friends to come worship with you!

*100 Hands donation drive–tampons, pads, and Depends requested!

 

COVID protocols–by Rally Sunday, all of our school-age children will have returned to school, exposing all of them to large amounts of children and staff. In order for us all to keep safe and mitigate the spread of COVID, it is vital that masks be worn during worship and singing, as well as on the bouncy slide. We will have some masks on hand. No mask=no slide, regardless of age or vaccination status. It takes our entire community working together to keep each another safe.

 

What you need to know for Wednesday, Sept 15th!

No dinner will be served–please eat before, get dinner in the neighborhood, or purchase at the food truck/farmers market in our parking lot

Most programming will occur outdoors through October, weather permitting. Nina and Dylan will be on hand to help families find rehearsal spaces.

Parents/guardians are invited to bring a camp chair and socialize or work outside (wifi available) during rehearsals–indoor space will NOT be available.

Masks must be worn at all times, whether in or outdoors

 

Evening schedule

5:30-5:55 PM Young Voices – (age 2-5)

6:00-7:00 PM Chapel Singers (adults)

6:00 PM to 6:30 PM Cherub Choir – (K-2)

6:00-6:30 PM Early Ringers (3rd – 6th Grade)

6:00-6:45 PM Youth Choir (Grades 7 – 12)

6:35-7:15 PM Chorister Choir – (3rd-6th grade)

6:50-7:30 PM Intermediate Bells (7th Grade and up)

7:20-8:00 PM Fire (aka Sr. High Youth Group) (grades 9-12)

 

Other programming including Fun with Dylan, Art Studio with Nina, and 100 Hands are on temporary hiatus until it is safe for us to go inside the building again. This means that parents/guardians are responsible for their children when they are not in programming

For all questions related to Children + Youth Arts programming, please contact Marie Scholtz.

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What you need to know for Sunday September 19th!

10am: Outdoor church school for

Sparks (ages 3-2nd grade) led by Hannah Faeth

Lights (grades 3-5) led by Dylan Church, assisted by Orison Piper

Flames (grades 6-8) led by Heidi and Mike McCallister, Carrie Sauter, and Tim Brunelle

Confirmation (grade 9) led by Seth Patterson

*Sunday Fire (grades 9-12, led by Nina Jonson) will meet from 11-11:40 beginning Sunday September 26th.

All programming will be held outside through October, weather permitting

Parents/guardians will be encouraged to bring a chair to socialize, attend Sunday forum (wifi available), or volunteer with Sunday programming during the 10am hour.

 

*Please note that Senior High (aka Fire) will meet twice per week. 9th-12th graders are encouraged to come Sunday, Wednesday or both, whatever works best for their schedules.

 

Fall Programming

Fall Children and Youth Programming at Plymouth
Wednesday, September 15th
Young Voices (5:30-5:55)
Between 6 and 7:30
Cherubs, Choristers, Youth Choir, Chapel Singers
Intro Bells and Older Bells
(7:20-8) Wednesday Fire (grades 9-12)
Most programming will occur outdoors through October, weather permitting
Parents/guardians are invited to bring a camp chair and socialize or work outside (wifi available) during rehearsals
Masks must be worn at all times, whether in or outdoors
No dinner will be served–please eat before, get dinner in the neighborhood, or purchase at the food truck/farmers market in our parking lot
Other programming, including Fun with Dylan, Art Studio with Nina, and 100 Hands is on temporary hiatus until it is safe for us to go inside the building again.
This means that parents/guardians are responsible for their children when they are not in programming
More details, times, and locations coming Tuesday, September 7th
Sunday, September 19th:
10 a.m.: Outdoor church school for
Sparks (ages 3-2nd grade) led by Hannah Faeth
Lights (grades 3-5) led by Dylan Church, assisted by Orison Piper
Flames (grades 6-8) led by Heidi and Mike McCallister, Carrie Sauter, and Tim Brunelle
Confirmation (grade 9) led by Seth Patterson
*Sunday Fire (grades 9-12, led by Nina Jonson) will meet from 11-11:40 beginning Sunday, September 26th.
All programming will be held outside through October, weather permitting
Parents/guardians will be encouraged to bring a chair to socialize, attend Sunday forum (wifi available), or volunteer with Sunday programming during the 10 a.m. hour.
*Please note that Senior High (aka Fire) will meet twice per week. 9th-12th graders are encouraged to come Sunday, Wednesday or both, whatever works best for their schedules.

Lend Us Your Hand!

Community Art Project

Starting July 11
We are kicking off a community art project that will hang in Guild Hall to welcome us all back on Rally Sunday in September.
Please watch this video to learn more.

This week at Plymouth for Children, Youth and Families: June 2, 2021

There is lots going on in this week’s email!

  • In-person outdoor worship resumes on Sunday June 6th at 9am! Bring your own chair and mask!
  • Join us for an all-ages Water Pilgrimage around Lake of the Isles from 10:30-12:30 this Sunday!
  • Camp registrations are available! Friends, cousins and neighbors are all welcome to participate. Registration for Club Camp (June 14-18) closes Friday!
  • The Annual Meeting will be held on zoom Sunday June 13th at 12:15pm. Registration is required.

Details, registration links and much more HERE!

 

This week at Plymouth, for Children, Youth and Families

I don’t want you to miss out on everything in this week’s email! Here’s what we cover

*Important upcoming events (including NO CHURCH SCHOOL this weekend!)

*Registration for Camp Club! and Camp Plymouth are both open! Due to COVID, spots are limited and will fill fast.

*Ways to support our graduating seniors

*In-person worship and church school starting June 6th!

And more! Check it all out HERE!

Give in to Hope Day 47: YOU!

Here we are, on Easter morning–a day of hope, of rebirth, of new life, and of possibilities! Over the past weeks, we have learned about young people from all over the world, all with different passions, different problems, and different plans for their futures! Each of these heroes had something in common–they didn’t wait until they were adults to start on their path to change the world. You don’t have to either! You inspire the people around you every day

Here is my favorite verse in the bible, from 1 Timothy 4:12–“Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith…”

You are the example grown-ups need in the world. You have the power to make a difference. The choice is up to you–what change are you going to make?

Questions for families: Thinking about the world around you, what is a problem (big or small) that you would like to make some kind of impact on? Can we make a list of information we need to get, and ways we could get involved? How can I, as your caring adult, help support you?

Closing prayer: Dear God, Thank you for putting these heroes into the world, and into our lives. Help us find our purpose, so we can make a difference too! Amen.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this opportunity to Give in to Hope for the last 47 days. We can’t wait to see where hope will take you next! We’d love to hear how you enjoyed our Lent experience for Children, Youth and Families. Please email ninaj@plymouth.org with any comments or suggestions!

With love, Nina, Dylan, and the Committee for Children, Youth and Families

 

Give in to Hope Day 46: Boyan Slat

When Boyan Slat was 16, he went scuba diving on a family vacation and was horrified to see more plastic than fish during his time underwater. The image stayed with him, and he spent a lot of time both learning about how plastics accumulate in the water, why people have felt they were nearly impossible to clean up and if there might be any way to rid our waters of plastic. By 19, he has founded a clean-water non-profit and began fundraising to put his water cleaning devices into production. He came up with prototypes (models) of a water clean-up system that used the currents in the ocean to naturally move plastics into nets, and then into a filtration system, to sort plastics from fish, sea creatures, and plant life. This process was not easy, and many funders and scientists felt that it wasn’t realistic. The first test models were made, and many of them broke. But Boyan and his team did not give up. He retooled his plans to instead focus on cleaning up polluted rivers, rather than the vast, open ocean, and his newest clean-up device, the Interceptor, was finally revealed and successful! Currently, there are interceptor devices cleaning plastics out of rivers in 4 countries, with plans for many more. Rather than give up, Boyan adapted, looked at the problem from different angles, tried different solutions, and stayed focused on his goal–any positive impact on the pollution of our water was a success. Boyan remains hopeful that significant portions of the plastics currently in our water can be removed, and the nonprofit he founded is also committed to stopping the entrance of new plastics into our water system from here on out!

To learn more about Boyan Slat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMenLxORN6M

What are your favorite things to do in or on the water? What are your favorite animals and creatures that live in or near water? How does plastic in oceans, lakes, and rivers impact activities and living things?

Closing prayer: Dear God, let us be creative, committed, positive and focused as we work to create change in the world. Amen.

Give in to Hope Day 45: The Little Rock Nine

It wasn’t so long ago that separating people in schools, stores, on busses, and at drinking fountains, was not only expected in many places in the United States, particularly the South, but actually LEGAL! In 1954, a landmark Supreme Court Case, Brown v. Board of Education ruled that school segregation was illegal and unconstitutional. However, just because the court said schools needed to desegregate, didn’t mean that the change happened quickly. It took nearly 3 years of work by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (the NAACP) to put into motion Black students actually attending and integrating white schools. In Little Rock Arkansas, 9 African-American students; Minnijean Brown, Elizabeth Eckford, Ernest Green, Thelma Mothershed, Melba Patillo, Gloria Ray, Terrence Roberts, Jefferson Thomas and Carlotta Walls, were selected by community leaders to be the first high schoolers to enroll at Little Rock High School. They were selected because of their calm, strength, and ability to withstand the bullying and violence that would most likely befall them during the integration. On September 4th, 1957, the teens attended their first day of school. During the coming weeks they had to be escorted into the building by the National Guard, and endured taunting, racist slurs, getting spat on, and getting hit and kicked. Still, they persisted in attending school daily, effectively integrating Little Rock High, and paving the path to integrated schools across the country. 8 of the 9 students are still alive today, and received a Medal of Honor from then-president Barack Obama for their bravery.

To learn more about the Little Rock 9: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk1tTCk2Kks

To learn about Brown v. Board of Education: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBKX-FyQWaE

What do you think it was like for the Little Rock Nine as they had to walk through angry crowds every day to go to school? Why do you think school is so important that people all over the world are willing to endure extreme hardship to go?

Closing prayer: Dear God, no one should have to fight to go to a good, safe school. Thank you for our education, and may we help others have access to education too. Amen.