There has never been a greater need for the American church to articulate their beliefs, standards and values regarding marriage and family. This fall, at Seaford Baptist, we will be carefully tracing God’s unfolding plan for husbands, wives, fathers, mothers and children. The true beauty of marriage and family shines most brightly when it is seen through the lens of the gracious, saving message of the Gospel. Through this series, we hope to give you a glimpse of the Homelife God desires for you.
Seaford Baptist has sponsored a Good News Club at the local elementary school for 6 years now. This is a Bible based after school club, a mission outreach, that shares the love of Christ with children of our community. The club includes Bible lessons, missionary stories, scripture memory, songs and other learning activities. The club usually meets one afternoon a week, 3:30 – 5 p.m. in the school library starting in October.
Volunteers (adults or teens) are always needed to work with the children. In addition the club could use donations of packaged snacks (a great Sunday School outreach opportunity), volunteers to do administrative support, and we always need prayers for the children and volunteers. Training for the club will be held on Sept 19th in Williamsburg. For more information contact Cathy Wells by email or at 874-6370.
With the start of our new church year in September, we will be launching our Family GrowthPoint Mid-week Activities. It will be similar to what we are doing now but we want to emphasize that there are opportunities for growth for the entire family during the week. To go along with the new feel, we have renamed and combined some programs and added one new program. Below is a brief summary of each.
The new Mustard Seeds will be for preschool age children, 3+ years. This class will meet in room P5.
Children in grades K-4 who previously attended W.O.W. Club will continue to “Worship on Wednesdays” however, they will be known as Kingdom Kids. This class will meet in the Fellowship Hall.
Children in grades 5-6 will begin a new class known as SURGE. This class will meet each in The Shack.
The nursery is available to infants and toddlers during all regularly scheduled services.
Thank you all for your support during VBS! We taught many children about God’s awesome power including rock-solid Bible truths that will guide them through life’s challenges!
Steps for Kids
STEPS for Kids: A Guide for Growing Spiritually at Seaford Baptist Church, is being taught this month (August 2, 9, 16) during the Sunday school hour in room 7 of the Family Life Center. During the course, children will learn:
- The Gospel message
- Foundational truths about the church
- Essentials of following Christ on a daily basis
- The ordinances of believer’s baptism and The Lord’s Supper
AWANA Registration Kick-Off
During dinner and W.O.W. Club on Wednesday, August 26, parents are invited to register children for AWANA, which will begin September 13.
Student Volunteer Leader Meeting
Our student volunteer leader meeting will be held on Sunday, August 16 at 11:30 a.m. in the Multi-purpose Room. This annual meeting is required for all students desiring to serve in Wee Praise, Kids Praise or Awana Clubs during the next church year (September 2015-August 2016). Additionally, students will need to submit a signed student contract and a completed volunteer application prior to serving. Any student not able to attend this meeting will need to schedule a separate meeting with Kimberly Millner to review all materials. Lunch will be provided for those who pre-register .
Kids Praise Schedule Change
Beginning in September, Kids Praise-aged children (those in grades K-4) will attend the worship service with their parents on each communion Sunday. Future dates include:
September 6; October 4; December 6; January 4; March 6; April 3; June 5; July 2
Please note that nursery care and Wee Praise will continue each month without change.
Beginning Wednesday, September 9, our midweek activities will be re-named, GrowthPoint. This name was chosen to convey that midweek is a time to come together and grow in your walk with the Lord. There is something for all ages. Here is what you can expect:
Student GrowthPoint Activities at 6:30 p.m.
Our students (grades 7—12) will have the opportunity to participate in Bible study, games and other activities created specifically for them. We will meet in the Red Room.
Dinner at 5:30 p.m.
Our weekly dinner will continue. The cost is $5 per adult and $4 per child under 10. We will be instituting a new family cap that will allow more families to participate. The most a family will pay will be $18 for everyone 21 and under who still lives at home.
There are four ways to sign up for dinner.
- Registration sheets in the Atrium and Family Life Center Foyer.
- Prayer Request/Dinner Registration Slip you receive when you come to Worship. Just place it in the
Communication Card box as you exit the Worship Center.
- Online link you receive in your Everything Seaford email. If you aren’t receiving our email, just call the church office at 898-5384 or email us.
- Call the church office before noon on Monday.
Children’s GrowthPoint Classes at 6:30 p.m.
Children from birth to grade 6 will have classes that cater to their learning abilities. We offer the following:
- Nursery from birth to two years old
- Mustard Seeds for pre-school aged children
- Kindgom Kids for children in grades Kindergarten—4
- Surge for children in grades 5 and 6
If you have been away from midweek activities for a while, have been thinking about coming or are looking for a way to grow and get involved, September 13 is the day to get started. We look forward to seeing you there!
August Mission Action (Church-wide)
In August, we will be collecting box tops and Campbell soup labels for Bland Ministries in south west Virginia. We will also be collecting Bibles for southern Africa. Donations can be left at the WMU table in the Fellowship Hall.
The Joy Circle will meet at the church library on Thursday, August 13 at 11:30 a.m. Please bring a bagged lunch.
Beginning Sunday, September 6, children in grades 5-6 have a new meeting place: The Shack. This is the location for their Sunday School and GrowthPoint Mid-week SURGE classes. The Shack will be open 15 minutes before classes begin. These children will no longer participate in Kids Praise, they will attend the regular worship service, hearing sermons by Pastor Michael.
The new SURGE leadership team (made up of SURGE teachers, Pastor Jordan and Kimberly Millner) has determined the following guidelines to ensure the safety of these children. Because these children are preparing for independence in the Student program (grades 7-12), drop off/pick up procedures for The Shack are different than for younger children.
Surge Pick up/Drop off Procedures
- There will be no attendance/identification stickers, wristbands or sign-in/out sheets; however, parents are
responsible for drop off/pick up.
- Children in grades 5-6 will only be dismissed when his/her parent is present.
- These children are responsible for using bathroom facilities in advance of classes or after parent pick-up to the extent possible.
- As always, parents are primarily responsible for the safety of their children. Please be especially cautious when it may be dark outside and/or during inclement weather.
The drop off/pick up procedures listed below have been established for children’s protection while at church.
- Parents are responsible for dropping kids off at The Shack. Children who arrive at church early may congregate in the Family Life Center (Gym) until teachers open The Shack at 8:45 a.m.
- At 9:50 a.m., teachers will escort children to the Worship Center Atrium to meet their parents.
- In the event a parent is late to pick up a child, the child will remain with the teacher in the Worship Center until the parent arrives.
- Parents are responsible for dropping kids off at The Shack. Children who are eating dinner at church may congregate in the Family Life Center (Gym) until teachers open The Shack at 6:15 p.m.
- Parents will pick up children in The Shack at 7:30 p.m.
- In the event that fewer than 2 teachers are able to be present, children will join the student ministry for the lesson in the Red Room.
Everybody seems to have their favorite Scripture passage, right? We see them on coffee cups, t-shirts and bumper stickers. But do we always stop to make sure we know what these passages mean in their context? Are we sure we are applying them correctly? Earlier this year, Seaford Baptist used a social media poll to find out the favorite Scripture passages within our church and throughout the month of August, Pastor Michael will preach on these passages. In the process, we will make sure that you are truly equipped to interpret, apply and live out Your Favorite Scripture.
Culture. Wealth. Human Life. Sexuality. Race. Faith. These are hot button issues in the media every day, but what does God’s Word say about these issues for God’s people? Starting in July, our church will be taking a look at what the Bible has to say to the Church about a compassionate and courageous response to some of the hardest topics in the marketplace. The moral landscape of society if quickly shifting, but how can the Church continue to preach the Gospel for the glory of God in such times? Join us each Wednesday night at 5:30pm for dinner and 6:30pm for a study on the most controversial issues in our culture.
The annual “Hail and Farewell” Potluck Dinner will be Saturday, July 25, at 5 p.m. in the Family Life Center. This is something we started last year to say “good-bye” to our military families leaving us in a few months or retiring and “hello” to those who have joined us in the past year.
Saturday, August 8, is Navy Night at the Norfolk Tides! The game starts at 7:05 p.m. Navy active duty and retired (dependents included) can purchase box tickets for $8.50 or reserved for $7.50. For those of us who aren’t Navy, let me know if you’re interested. There are a couple of ways we can get discounts as a group, though they may not be that deep. Fireworks are scheduled after the game.
Weekend to Remember Marriage Getaway will be at Colonial Williamsburg Lodge on November 20-22. Scholarships for conference fees are available for active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their spouses. Call 1-800-358-6329 or visit www.FamilyLife.com/Military for details. Hotel room rates at the Lodge are $145 a night. Brochures will be in the foyers in a few weeks. If you have questions please see Shirley Flanagan.