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    August 2021 Elementary Newsletter

    As we roll into a new school year, we have a lot of fun things going on at Athens First UMC in Children’s Ministry!! This newsletter contains a lot of information about all the latest happenings! Flag it so you can easily refer to it as often as needed! 


    Sign Up to Serve
    There are many opportunities to serve our children this fall on Sundays and Wednesdays. On Sunday mornings we need teachers and shepherds during the Sunday School hour!  

    Sunday School | Shepherd & Teacher Sign-Up

    On Wednesday evenings we need shepherds for our 5:14 classes! Contact Megan for more information on that.

    Back To School!! 
    As your child gets ready to go back to school for the 2021-22 school year I would love to have the opportunity to intentionally pray for them and their school year. Please complete the form linked below to let me know a little more about them! 

    Back to School Prayer Form

    Promotion Sunday | August 8

    We are so excited to begin Sunday School on the third floor again after our summer of FUNday School with our Youth. On August 8, children will attend the class with their 2021-22 school year grade level. Our current classrooms will be Kindergarten-Grade 1 and Grades 2-4. As we grow, we will continue to split into specific grade levels. We are super excited to welcome our Kindergarteners to the third floor!! 

    We are thrilled to announce that we now have a Hospitality Room on the third floor for fellowship before and after the 9:30 Sunday School hour. Come by to check in your children, say hey, grab some coffee, and meet a new friend! 


    Chilly Night | August 11

    Are you ready for some GOOD CLEAN FUN?! Join us for “Chilly Night” on August 11 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. This is a churchwide event and all are welcome! Come hear all about the ways you, your friends, and your family can learn, love, and grow in this community of faith. Come get connected to the Athens First body of Christ. 

    If you have been worshiping online- come join us! If you joined our church recently and are hungry to meet more church family members, come join us! If you have been a member for years and get filled up by encouraging others- come join us! We can’t wait to see you!

    Dr. Gary Chapman | August 27 & 28

    We are excited to host Dr. Gary Chapman for two special sessions exploring the 5 Love Languages

    • Friday, August 27 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Join us for an evening session which will focus on the 5 Love Languages of children and teens. 

    • Saturday, August 28 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Come and enjoy the morning session which will focus on the 5 Love Languages of adults – discovering your own love language. 

     Childcare (infants-grade 4) will be provided for both sessions. Please register online by August 20. 

    Learn more

    Children's Ministry 5:14 | Beginning August 18

    We are so excited to invite children in Kindergarten-Grade 4 to our new faith-building opportunity- 5:14! Matthew 5:14 reads, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Inspired by that verse, this program has been created to teach children about Jesus and encourage them to be a light in the world. 

    Each Wednesday evening, families are invited to have dinner together in Hancock Hall and at 5:30 p.m. children will attend a 5:14 class of their choice. Classes offered during the Fall semester are Creation Station and Activity Alley. At 6:10 p.m. children will then move to the Chapel for Little Fishers- a time of Bible study and mission projects. Pick-up will be at 6:30 p.m. from the Chapel. 

    Learn more and register

    Parenting with Purpose Small Group

    A Parenting with Purpose small group will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. alongside 5:14 programming. The group will meet in Room 114 (downstairs across from the Youth Room) each Wednesday night that 5:14 classes meet. Please join us as often as you can for an opportunity where parents can share and relate to one another's day-to-day parenting journey. Our first study will focus on the 5 Love Languages of Children and Teens, in preparation for Dr. Gary Chapman's visit to our church. Nursery care is available. Register to let us know you are coming! 

    Register for Parenting with Purpose

    Men's Small Group

    All men are invited to join our Men's Small Group on Wednesday nights, 5:30-6:30 p.m., beginning August 18 in room 229. This is an open group for men who are looking to connect and share in a group discussion format. These group discussions will be dedicated to talking about opportunities and challenges men face while growing in your relationship with Christ and with each other. We welcome men of all ages. Childcare will be available. If you are interested in joining this group, please register below. For more information, contact Cindy McKoy (  ).

    Register for Men's Small Group

    Sunday Morning Worship Schedule | Beginning September 12

    Currently, we offer in-person worship services at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. on Sundays. We are excited to announce that beginning September 12, an additional worship service will be added at 8:30 a.m. to include Holy Communion. 

    Children's Church | Beginning September 12

    Children in kindergarten through grade 2 will have the opportunity to hear the Children's Message in the 11:00 worship service, then attend Children's Church, where they will enjoy many different worship-related activities.

    This Month's Verse

    “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 

    Children's Ministry Staff

    Megan Presley, Director of Children's Ministry |

    Jennifer Golden, Assistant Director of Children's Ministry |

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    Erika Bates |