Children’s Christmas Worship Service
"Too Many Shepherds"
by Shari L. Ayers
This year’s Christmas program is a whimsical approach to the story that we have heard many times. We will focus on the role of the shepherds and be inspired by their story in perhaps a way that we have not discovered yet.
All children are invited to participate in the program! Practices are during the regular Sunday School hour for 3 year old through 6th Grade.
"Too Many Shepherds" will take place on December 15, 2019, during 10:45 a.m. worship. Children invite us to worship by performing a Children’s Prelude, which begins at 10:15 a.m. in the church sanctuary. Following the program we will have a cookie reception in Fellowship Hall.
We will start learning songs during Sunday School for the next month. It’s fun and helpful to work on the songs at home too, especially for children who cannot yet read. You will probably know all the tunes to each song or it is easy to Google them, too. Here are the Sunday School (age 3, 4 and Kindergarten) lyrics. Here are the Water Tower (1st through 4th grade) lyrics.
Beginners, Preschool & Kindergarten children do not attend this rehearsal
Grades 1 – 4: meet in Sanctuary 10:00 -11:00 a.m.
Grade 5 & 6: meet in Sanctuary 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Gloria Dei has a long tradition of inviting children to play their own instruments during the prelude. This year, some children will also play for the offertory.
The Children’s piano prelude will start promptly at 10:15 am. Plan on arriving 15 minutes early to settle into position. Meet by the piano in the Sanctuary and check in with Becky, who will give you further instructions. Because of time constraints, the children are limited to only one song.
Children who have a nativity character or speaking role in the program are also welcome to play. Simply mark the appropriate box on the registration form.
Please register your children who want to play in the prelude.
9:30 a.m. Only 5th and 6th Graders arrive and meet in the Colonial Room
10:00 a.m. The rest of the children meet at church in the following areas:
3s and 4s in their regular classrooms
Kindergarten in Room 203
Grades 1-4 in Room 100
10:15 a.m. Children's Prelude begins in Church Sanctuary.
10:45 a.m. Children’s Christmas Program begins in Church Sanctuary.
Reserved seating in front for two adults for each 3- and 4 year-old and Kindergarten child. Please, only 2 persons per child, so there is room for everyone. Once the children are done singing they will be dismissed to sit with their parents during the program.
After Worship, pick up your 1st-4th grader in Room 100.
5th and 6th graders meet in the front of the Sanctuary for a group photo.
Christmas Cookie Reception for all follows in Fellowship Hall.
A Christmas Cookie Reception for all follows the program in Fellowship Hall. All Sunday School families are requested to donate 2 dozen Christmas Cookies to the reception.
Drop off cookies in the kitchen on Saturday, prior to the worship service or at the latest Sunday morning by 9:30 am.
Some may want to consider bringing a Safe Cookie alternative: gluten free, nut free, dairy free, and egg free alternatives welcome. Please mark them!
If you prefer not to bake, let the Women of Gloria Dei do your baking! Cookies will be freshly baked and delivered in time for the reception. Place your cookie order with the Women of Gloria Dei!
3 year olds, 4 year olds and Kindergarten children will be sheep! They can dress in their regular clothes and then they will be given sheep headbands.
Grades 1-6 will be dressed as shepherds. They can dress in their regular clothes and then they will be given shepherd headpieces. If a child and parent prefer to make a DIY shepherd costume in addition to the headpiece that is great but not mandatory. An idea would be to have them wear a robe over their regular clothes if they want. Some shepherds may be holding a sheep stuffed animal. If you have a sheep stuffed animal we can borrow, please contact Kyrstin or bring it to her office.
5th and 6th graders have a variety of roles and will be fitted for costumes during class.
Parent Volunteers play very important roles for our Christmas Program. Please sign up to help.
Cookie Reception: Sign up to help set up on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9-11 a.m. or Sunday, Dec. 15 from 9:30-10:45. Or set up to serve and clean up from 10:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Riser Movers: Move risers after rehearsal on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. Then move them back on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 9:15 a.m.
Lyric Poster Holder: Get a front row view! Sit in front of the risers and hold the song lyric posters during the rehearsal on Dec. 14 and during the performance on Dec. 15.
Contact Children's Ministry with any questions.
There is no Sunday School on December 22 or December 29.
A joyous and blessed Christmas to all!