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Thank You to Our Vacation Bible School Team

What an out of this world experience we’ve had this past week during Vacation Bible School! Throughout the week, our kids and volunteers learned that they can explore where God’s power can take them by His power at work within them! Each day they went beyond with faith, boldness, kindness, thankfulness, and hope, while having fun learning about bible stories such as Queen Esther, Daniel and the Lion’s den, and how Jesus comforted his friends on his way to Emmaus by means of science, crafts, games, snack, music, and bible storytelling. Our adult and teen volunteers modeled what it means to follow Christ by helping the younger kids to learn, pray, and know Jesus.

We asked our church adults, teens and community volunteers to step up in a big way, and wow, did they ever!! To Mars and Beyond was an amazing VBS experience for over 185 kids, supported by more than 80 adult and teen volunteers! I am incredibly grateful for the volunteers, both adult and teens, who gave up a week of vacation from work, a week of hanging out with their friends, or catching up on cleaning the house, to help share God’s love with our kids. They made this week fun, exciting, and a lasting memory for so many kids, some of whom this is their first experience with our church, and hearing about God!

Kimberly stepped up as our VBS Director this year and did an over the top job organizing so many kids and volunteers with contagious enthusiasm and positivity! New this year, we launched a double session VBS, adding in an afternoon session for elementary aged kids due to the overwhelming registration response that we’ve experienced in previous years. Kimberly rose above and beyond this occasion, meeting every challenge with a smile and a creative solution. I am deeply grateful for Kimberly and our volunteers! VBS would not be possible without you, and it is a joy and honor to work with people who truly exemplify what it means to live out Jesus’s call to us and share His love. If you see Kimberly or any of our wonderful volunteers this week, PLEASE join me in thanking them for equipping children during VBS to see where God’s power can take them, and spreading so much love and joy along the journey!

-Sara Dyson, Children & Family Minister

Vacation Bible School

July 8-12

Children ages 3 (and potty trained) through rising 5th grade are invited to join us for a week of fun and faith at Vacation Bible School. New this year! There are two sessions - morning or afternoon - from which you can choose. Registration is open! Read our recent statement on our switching of VBS curriculum for this summer.

Last Sunday of Sunday School

This Sunday is our last Sunday of Sunday School until September. There will be no Abiding Table as our 5/6th grade, 1st year confirmation and senior high classes will hold their annual “trash can game competition” in Bailey Hall.

A big THANK YOU to all of our Sunday School teachers! Our Sunday School ministry would not be possible without their dedication. If you think you might be interested in joining our teaching team next year, please contact Sara Dyson, Children and Family Minister, by July 15.

Next Sunday, we will move to our summer worship schedule - Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. and Sundays at 8:45 and 10:15 a.m.

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Journey to Easter
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Sunday, April 7 from 3:30-5:00 p.m.

"Journey to Easter" is an event for ages preschool through 6th grade. Participants grouped together with like-ages will walk through the events leading up to Jesus' death and resurrection through crafts, snacks, and games. There will be a preschool group, kindergarten group, 1st-3rd grade group, and 4th-6th grade group all running independently, but at the same time. A parent must accompany preschoolers and kindergartners. Please sign up here. Contact Sara Dyson, Children and Family Minister, with any questions.

Daddy Daughter Dance
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Sunday, February 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Buy Tickets Here!

Join us for a memorable evening of fun and dancing at our 3rd annual Daddy Daughter Dance! While this is geared towards 4th grade and younger, girls of all ages are invited to come with their dad or favorite adult. There will be music, dancing, desserts, drinks, and a photo booth. Tickets are $12/couple, $6 for each additional girl. Pre-registration is required and tickets can be purchased here. Financial assistance is available, please email Sara Dyson, Children & Family Minister.

All proceeds and donations from the dance will benefit the Abiding Presence Senior High youth who will be attending a Senior High Work Camp in Savannah, GA this summer.

This will be a night you and your daughter won't forget and an incredible way to celebrate and enrich the relationship between daughters and their dads or favorite adults in their life. Girls are welcome to dress as fancy as they feel comfortable for the dance. Dad or favorite adult, dress clothes please.

Meredith KeseleyChildren
Sign Up for Bagels with Santa

Saturday, December 8 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa is coming! Join us in Bailey Hall for a bagel breakfast. Santa will be making an appearance, and provide an opportunity for children to have their picture taken with him with a photographer onsite (FREE!). There will also be crafts for the children to work on. Don't miss this exciting event! Advanced sign up is requested.

We will also be holding a coat drive raffle! For EVERY new or gently-used coat you donate, you'll receive a raffle entry ticket to win some fun prizes! Coats will be donated to ECHO to help those in need this winter.

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Wednesday, October 24 from 6:45-7:30 p.m.
Looking for a safe, family-friendly way to trick or treat? Children ages 6th grade and under are invited to dress in costume and come trunk or treat in the church parking lot! "Trunk or Treat" cars will be parked in half the parking lot and roped off to incoming cars. Children then walk from trunk to trunk to collect candy.  Trunk or treating will be from 6:45 - 7:30 p.m. All are welcome!

Feeling creative? We are also in need of families and individuals who will decorate the trunk of their vehicles for this event! Please let Sara Dyson, Children and Family Minister, know if you can provide a trunk and approximately 300 pieces of candy. Trunks will need to be parked by 6:30 p.m. and will be asked to stay in the lot until 7:45 p.m.

Wednesday Night Gathering is Back - September 26
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Wednesday Night Gathering is back this fall! Plan to join us each Wednesday for dinner and activities. We even have a few exciting new additions to the schedule this year. Dinner is served "cafeteria style" each week from 6:00-6:45 p.m. A full schedule of activities is below. Childcare for children under the age of 3 is provided in our professionally staffed nursery. 

Dinner Menu for September 26
Build your own Tacos with Ground Turkey, Rice, Beans, Veggies with Lettuce, Chips Salsa & Cheese

Schedule of Activities
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Youth Band (6th-12th) and Puppet Team (4th-12th)
6:00 - 6:45 p.m. - Family Dinner
6:45 - 7:45 p.m. - Iron Men Bible Study, Women's Bible Study, 2nd Year Confirmation and Handbell Choir
6:45 - 7:15 p.m. - Preschool Choir and Elementary School Youth Groups (K-6th)
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. - ESL Class
7:15 - 7:45 p.m. - Preschool Youth Group, Elementary School Choir (K-5th) and Pre-Confirmation (6th)
7:45 - 8:30 p.m. - Youth Choir

Sunday School

We have launched another year of Sunday School! If you are looking for a Christian Education opportunity for your child or youth, we would love to have you join us. Please register or simply show up on a Sunday morning at 9:50 a.m.

We have Sunday School classes for ages 3 through 6th grade, Confirmation classes for middle school youth and a senior high class. Children ages 4th grade and younger are invited to Bailey Hall at 9:50 for Sunday School Liftoff before being dismissed to their classrooms at 10:00. Children ages 5th grade and older kids are welcome to go straight to their classrooms to meet their teachers. 

Adults gather in Bailey Hall from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. for the Abiding Table, our adult breakfast and conversation group. Breakfast and coffee will be served, so plan to come hungry! 

2018-2019 Sunday School Classes and Room Assignments
Preschool            Room 1
Kindergarten       Room 4
1st Grade             Room 5
2nd Grade           Room 6
3rd Grade            Room 7
4th Grade            Room 8
5th/6th Grade     Room 9
Confirmation, 1st Yr.       Rooms 2 & 3
Confirmation, 2nd Yr.     Library
Senior High                     Rooms 10 & 11
Adults                   Bailey Hall



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Children's Ministry Registration

Please help us plan for fall by registering your children ages 3 through Senior High for Sunday School and youth groups. We ask families to please fill out a new registration form each year so we can stay updated on allergies and other needs for each child. Registration is available here. Contact Children and Family Minister Sara Dyson with questions. 

Backpack, Bag and Briefcase Blessing
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Illustrated Children's Ministry with coloring by an Abiding Presence youth

It's time for our annual backpack, bag and briefcase blessing on Saturday, August 25 at 6:00 p.m. Bring to worship whatever bag you take out into the world to do God's work. There will be time during the service to bring your bag forward to be blessed and receive a blessing tag to remind you "God's Got Your Back!" 

All are welcome to attend this family friendly service! It will last approximately 55-60 minutes and include scripture, singing, prayers and Holy Communion. 

Our professionally staffed nursery will be open during the service for children who may not be in a worshiping mood. 

Our Children's Ministry is Growing!

Our children's ministry is expanding and we need YOU to step up to help! We are growing our children's ministry this fall, which means we also need to grow the number of adults and high school youth who are involved in leadership roles. At the moment, there is the need for teachers for two key ministries - Sunday School and Wednesday Night Gathering. Please prayerfully consider how you can support our growing ministry as you read the below requests from our Children and Family Minister, Sara Dyson

Sunday School Teachers (Sunday mornings from 10:00-10:45 a.m.)
Our Sunday School classes are growing by leaps and bounds, and we are adding yet another classroom of kids this fall! I'm in desperate need of Sunday School teachers, so I ask you to consider the following:

Do you have a passion for children?  Would you consider helping the next generation of kids learn about the love and stories of Christ and explore the Bible?  

Consider volunteering to be a Sunday School teacher this fall!  No previous teaching experience needed, only a love of Christ and helping to share that love with the children at Abiding Presence.  Sunday School starts on September 9, and substitutes are always available if you are out of town.  Please talk to or email Sara Dyson, Children & Family Minister ( if you are interested.

Wednesday Night Teachers (Wednesday Evenings from 6:45-7:45 p.m.)
We are looking to reenvision what Wednesday night youth and children programs look like, and I am looking for 2-3 high schoolers or adults who would commit to teaching with me on Wednesday evenings from 6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. I'll provide the curriculum, guidance, and help, but you'll have the freedom and creativity in the classes. Please talk to Sara Dyson,  Children & Family Minister ( to get more information or if you're interested.

Vacation Bible School Starts on Monday
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On Monday morning we will welcome 130 children along with a group of teenage and adult helpers to  Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Abiding Presence. VBS is one of the highlights of our summer experiences. It's a week filled with games, crafts, music, science, Bible stories, prayers and lots of fun. This year we'll be exploring the theme verse, "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you." (Isaiah 43:2). 

There's still time to volunteer to help! If you are a rising 7th grade youth or older we could use you assisting at a station or leading a crew of kids around. If you're an adult, we could use you either as a crew leader or as one of our "snack time conversationalists." Contact Sara Dyson,  Children and Family Minister, or Michael Hulett, VBS Director, to volunteer. 

If you aren't able to join us for Vacation Bible School, please hold our VBS ministry in your prayers next week. 

Help Needed for Vacation Bible School
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Help is still needed with Vacation Bible School from July 9-12 from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. We are in need of both station leaders and crew leaders. Station leaders prepare a workshop that is visited by small groups of kids. Crew leaders lead small groups around to the various stations. Station leaders need to be adults. Crew leaders can be teens and/or adults. If you can help, please contact Children and Family Minister Sara Dyson

Wednesday mid-day Worship & OWLs luncheon

The last of our midweek Lenten services will happen at 12:00 noon followed by the monthly OWLs senior luncheon at 1:00 p.m. Gather for a service of Morning Prayer with Holy Communion in the sanctuary then enjoy lunch with friends old and new in Bailey Hall. The suggested donation for lunch is $5-10. 

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Palm Sunday Worship & Festival

Hosanna in the highest! Join us for worship as we have the procession of the palms at the beginning of both worship services at 8:45 am and 11:00 am.

Between services at 9:45 am, couples, adults, families, and children of all ages are invited to participate in a Palm Sunday Festival that will be held in place of the Abiding Table and Sunday School. Adults and families will travel together to stations of many kinds to experience what Jesus went through, to reflect with different generations, to pray, and to prepare for the Holy Week journey to Easter. If you would like to volunteer to head up a station, please talk to Sara Dyson (

Ash Wednesday

Lent begins on  Ash Wednesday with a solemn call to fasting and repentance as we begin our journey to the cross, the grave and the empty tomb on Easter morning.

We have three opportunities for worship on Ash Wednesday. All three services include a time of confession, scripture reading, the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion. 

12:00 noon & 7:30 p.m. Traditional Services
6:30 p.m. Children's Ash Wednesday Service (more details here)