Christmas in August? Absolutely! It is time to start working on our Children’s Christmas music for this year’s Advent season. For our Preschoolers (3-5 year olds) we have one song called, “Hope has Come.” We will be practicing this music during the Sunday School hour as well as sending home practice materials with each family. In addition to this song, the preschoolers will also learn 1 song to take part in our Christmas Musical. The song is written especially for preschoolers. I am so excited to be able to welcome them to our “Big Kids” program! For our Kindergarten through 6th graders, we will be sharing “The Little Drummer Dude.” This high action, engaging music and drama will be tons of fun for our kids while reminding us of the true reason for the season.
We will kick off these programs on Sunday, September 5th. Materials will be coming home with the Preschoolers after Sunday School. Our K-6th grade musical will start following the 9:45 service at our Listening Party. Bring a lunch and come check it out. This musical has plenty of opportunities for all of our friends to shine. Rehearsals will be every Sunday, beginning Sept. 12th, from 11-1pm. Not all children will be needed the entire time until we near the musical date (Dec. 19th). All of this info will be outlined at the Listening party. For those wanting a speaking part, we will have packets available to peruse on August 29th. Your child can look it over to see what parts they could be interested in. At the end of the Listening party we will ask those who want a speaking and/or solo part to stick around, introduce themselves to me and to read and sing, so I get an idea of how to best use everyone.
As you can imagine, we will need all hands on deck to make this a success for our kids. We will be needing volunteers to stay for rehearsals each week, for props and set work. If you have a teenager who would love to take part behind the scenes as part of our stage crew, I would love to have them as well! Feel free to reach out to me, Serena Heffner, directly at email@example.com or (717)269-4883. Of course you can catch me before or after the 9:45 worship service. I hope that you and your children will take part in this ministry. Get ready to join the band in “Little Drummer Dude!”