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Christian Formation for Children and Youth

by Church Staff

By Julia Eliades, Interim Christian Formation Director 

We invite all children and youth to join Manakin’s vibrant Christian Formation program, which includes activities, learning opportunities and care for all ages.

The new program year begins Sunday, September 17, and families are asked to arrive at 9:15 a.m. that day to register for church school, explore new classroom spaces, enjoy good food and fellowship, and learn about our four focus areas as we Shine4God.

This fall, Manakin offers children and youth:

Children: Infant – 2-Years Old
Childcare is provided in our nursery space in Denny Hall. Megan Weast, our nursery worker, cares for our youngest children every Sunday morning from 9:30 a.m. – 11: 30 a.m. Parents/guardians are asked to sign-in at drop off, label all personal items, and leave a cell phone number to receive a text message when needed.

Children: 3-Years Old – 5th Grade
This year at 9:55 a.m., children from 3-years old through fifth grade will gather in our newly transformed classroom! The room is designed to be a place for experiential learning, where children will participate in worship and singing; explore prayer practices; and engage bible stories through story-telling and dramatic play. The class will break into two groups to further explore the bible story with age appropriate lessons, ages 3 through 2nd grade, and children in grades 3rd – 5th. This year, we are introducing the new Shine curriculum that will be our guide as we ignite, beam, sparkle and glow in our four focus areas of worship, outreach, spiritual practices, and formation. We ask that parent/guardians drop children off at the door of the classroom in Denny Hall. Children will join their families in the Sanctuary for the Eucharist (Communion).

Middle School Youth: 6th – 8th Grades
On the first and third Sundays of the month (and the occasional fifth Sunday), middle school youth will explore the history and significance of Episcopal worship practices, learn how to talk about faith challenges and try out some spiritual practices that will help them welcome God’s direction in their lives. They will also participate in outreach projects and activities. On the second and fourth Sundays of the month, they will participate in the worship service with their families.

High School Teens
All high school age teens are invited to a Rise and Shine breakfast on September 24 at 10:00 a.m. with Julia Eliades. We will talk about current events in our world, and discuss ways our beliefs influence our actions. Please let Julia know if you plan to attend.

Seven young people at Manakin have made the commitment to participate in a year-long confirmation class starting on September 10 at 10:00 a.m. The youth will be meeting on the second Sunday of the month at 10:00 a.m. until the spring of 2018. We will be using the Confirm not Conform confirmation curriculum. Much of the coursework will be done though online communication with Julia Eliades. We ask all Manakin parishioners to please keep these youth in your prayers as they begin an exciting journey in faith.

Special Activities and Learning and Worship Opportunities during Fall 2017

Soil and Animals, Abundant Life Garden Project
During September and October, children and youth will participate in the soil and animal interactive, scripture-based program developed by the Abundant Life Garden Project, Episcopal Relief and Development. Dr. Charles Boern will talk about the benefits of soil and teach students how to care for plant clippings from his garden. We will watch the clippings grow into plants and paint pots for the plants during our Rise and Shine celebration.

Blessing of the Animals Service
On October 1, everyone will participate in the Blessing of the Animals worship service. Children will continue to learn about the important role animals play in our world.

During September and October, the children and youth will be collecting and offering funds to buy a goat for an impoverished family through Episcopal Relief and Development. The cost of one goat is $80.

In October, children will make Bears4Prayers that will be given out as a way to offer comfort to those in need of prayer.

Remember: Faith experienced at an early age is the foundation for all other growth. The good news we share with our children has the power to transform lives and revitalize communities. So let’s prepare the ground for a new tomorrow, and teach our children to shine in the world.

Welcome Julia Eliades, Interim Christian Formation Director

by Church Staff

On February 1, 2017, Julia Eliades joined Manakin in a consulting role as Interim Christian Formation Director. In the days ahead, she will be reaching out to many of you as the congregation moves to strengthen and expand our Christian Formation offerings for youth and adults. You can reach Julia at , the church office at 794-6401, or her cell phone at (804) 873-0220. Please contact her and share your questions, issues, ideas, hopes and dreams for our Christian Formation program. Welcome Julia!


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper is February 28 in Denny Hall

by Church Staff

The Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be held Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in Denny Hall. The Men of the Church will be cooking pancakes, sausage and warm apple slices and volunteers will be helping to set-up and serve. This event is sponsored by the Church and we are asking for donations of nonperishable food items for the Powhatan Food Pantry instead of money. See you there!

The deadline for the Lawrence W. Mason Scholarship is approaching

by Church Staff

The Lawrence W. Mason Scholarship program provides scholarships to all college students from the Parish. The only qualification to be considered for a scholarship is that the student be pursuing education beyond high school.

As in the past, to be certain no one who is eligible gets overlooked, each summer we remove all the names from the scholarship list and ask anyone who is interested to reregister. This is the only way we can account for the changing circumstances of the students we are supporting. Please call Wendy by August 17, 2016 with the student’s name, the school attending and projected completion date.

Thanks to the generosity of the members of Manakin, we are able to help our young people continue their education with scholarships and to let them know their church still remembers them while they are away.

– The LWM Scholarship Fund


Sunday School News for December

by Church Staff

By Jo Blandford

Join us on December 6 at 9:45 a.m. as we welcome two special guests. Blair and Meredith are Virginia Grassroots Coordinators for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. They will lead programs about ecology and water.

The Sunday School Safe Water Bucket Project ends December 31. We have almost reached our $1000 goal and are thankful for your support. Donation checks can be made to Manakin with water project on the memo line.


Christmas Pageant

by Church Staff

It’s time for our youth to sign up for Manakin’s annual Christmas Pageant. The pageant will be held on Thursday, December 24 at 4:00 p.m. Participants will need to arrive, in costume, between 3:30 and 3:45 p.m. Pageant roles include: greeter, reader, angel, shepherd, donkey, sheep, cow. Rehearsal for the pageant will take place Saturday, December 19 at 10: 00 a.m. If your child would like to participate, please fill out a permission form, and return it to the Church Office as soon as possible.

Sunday School News

by Church Staff

By Jo Blandford

The Sunday School youth still need your help to raise money for 10 clean water system buckets. The goal of this project, sponsored by the Sunday School, is to raise $100 per system, a total of $1,000. Join us in our fight to provide clean water and to prevent childhood disease and death. Information about the project may be found in Denny Hall.

On Sunday, December 6, the Sunday School will have two very special guests from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation – Blair and Meredith, Virginia Grassroots Coordinators and Program Speakers. Please join us.

Sunday School News: We Need Your Help

by Church Staff

We need your help to raise money for 10 Clean Water Systems, a project sponsored by Manakin’s Sunday School and Stop Hunger Now. Our Goal is $100 per system or $1,000 total. Join us in our fight to provide clean water to prevent childhood disease and death. You’ll find the donation basket and more information in Denny Hall.

You can also help by participating in Dollars for Donuts. On October 25 after church, we will be selling hot and fresh Krispy Creme Donuts for you to take home and enjoy or give as gifts. Buy 1, 2, 3 or 4 dozen—you know they are that good, and they freeze well! In the really off chance you do not like donuts (now that would be news worthy) the offering box is always available and hates to be empty!

Thanks for your help as we use our hands to do God’s Work.

Manakin’s Sunday School Prepares to Launch Clean Water Project

by Church Staff

It’s that time of year – time to plan for Sunday School. Sunday School begins on September 13 at 9:45 a.m. We will kick off the year with a Rally Day. This is an all-inclusive event for children and youth, ages 3 years old – 12th graders (nursery available). Special guests will come to Manakin to help us kick off our outreach project with Stop Hunger Now – “The Year of Clean Water,” an adventure in ecology of our natural resources.

Our project, which will run from September – December 2015, will be to provide 10 clean water systems to be used in areas where water currently causes disease and death to children and adults. To reach our goal, we need to raise $100 for each system – $1,000 total. Information about this Sunday School project and how you can support it may be found in Denny Hall.

Choir Corner: Voices Needed

by Church Staff

By Rita Gulliksen

Do you like to sing in the shower or at Karaoke events? If you do, then please consider joining the Chancel Choir. Rehearsals will begin on September 9 and will run from 7:30–9:15 p.m. in the Choir Room. We welcome all voice parts, and you do not have to read music.

The Choristers (Ages 7-16 unchanged voices) Choir will begin rehearsals on September 27 after the 10:00 a.m. service. We will rehearse until noon. Please encourage your children and grandchildren to join us. They will learn about singing and liturgy. At this time, the Choristers plan to sing as part of the 4:00 p.m. Family Liturgy on Christmas Eve. If there is more participation and interest, the children may sing more often.

If you have any questions or need more information, e-mail .