Christmas Time for Gateway Kids

Happy Holidays! 

If you weren't in the Holiday spirit before, this frigid weather and snow should do the trick! I hope you all are staying warm and enjoying all of the planning, prepping, and general business that goes into this time of year!

Just a few reminders as things get geared up for Christmas time:

1. After much consideration, we will be having the children perform their Christmas songs during the church service onSunday Dec. 22nd. The preschool and Elementary classes will be performing. Please plan to have your child arrive at 9:45 in the preschool room that morning so we can have them ready and prepared to perform after worship. We have been practicing for a few weeks now, and the kids are sounding great! The preschoolers will be saying their memory verse (with actions), performing Mary Had a Baby, and the first verse of Away in a Manger (along with the elementary kids). The elementary kids will join the preschoolers singing Away in a Manger, say their monthly theme and memory verse, and sing the first and last verse of Joy to the World. You can find the lyric sheets here, so you can practice at home as well!

2. With the Christmas performance happening on the 22nd, this frees up your Christmas Eve to spend with your family. The children will NOT be performing on Christmas Eve and we will NOT be hosting regular toddler/preschool, or elementary classes, but we will still have the nursery available for your wee ones. Our Christmas Eve service will be for all ages and it should be a wonderful service full of music and celebration for the birth of our King!

3. With the winter weather getting into full effect, don't forget about the drop off location on the East side of Central Campus. There will be greeters there every Sunday to welcome you with a warm smile. You can drop off the kids, avoid dragging them through the snow and cold, and then loop around to park the car.

4. For those of you who have children who turned, or are turning, 2 in Nov-Jan (there are quite a few of you!), we will be moving them up as a group to the Toddler class at the beginning of the year (Jan. 5). Promoting them in groups seems to help the transition go a bit smoother, and we wanted to get through the hustle and bustle (read - irregularity) of the Christmas season without stressing the little ones out. :)

Please let me know if you have any questions about any of these items. It has been such a wonderful year experiencing God with your children and I am looking forward to displaying their excitement of Jesus' birth to our Church family. Thank you for the amazing opportunity our volunteers get each week to spend with your little ones, and we hope you have a wonderful, blessed Christmas season!