The Children’s Gathering on the Square

The Children’s Gathering on the Square is a partnership between the Cathedral of St. Andrew and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Queen Emma Street. Both programs meet in rooms at the back of St Peter’s Parish Hall from approximately 9 am to 10 am on Sunday mornings. For more information regarding either program, contact Beth Young bethcasper@aol.com 808-236-2333.

The Godly Play program meets weekly in “The Loft” and is appropriate for children who are curious about the bible stories that they hear in church, enrolled in pre-school through the 4th grade of school. Children in grades 5 and up are invited to participate in The Rock program located below in “Son Room” and meeting once a month. Older children are welcome to assist as teachers’ aides with either group.

Here is the Godly Play schedule for November:

Nov. 5 The Flood and the Ark The lesson for today is the story of the Great Flood. God’s beautiful creation had changed a great deal before the flood and God chose Noah and his family to build the ark and preserve the creatures while the earth was washed clean. After the rain stopped and the earth was dry enough to depart the ark, God made a covenant with all people that this would never happen again. The sign God gave was a “bow in the sky”, a rainbow.

Nov. 12 The Great Family The lesson today will be told using the Desert Box. We will enter the story about Abram and Sarai, (God later renamed them Abraham and Sarah) who left their home and family for a place that God would show them. They found God was with them everywhere they went, not just in this place or that place. God promised them that he would make of them a “Great Family” and God did keep that promise. Abraham and Sarah began a great family of many generations including us.

Nov. 19 The Ark and the Temple The combination of the ark, the special articles and the tent were know as the tabernacle. When God’s People came to the promised land and ender their journeying, they wanted to build a temple to house these holy things. Now the people of God would come to the temple to be close to God. This was an important change in the people’s understanding of the presence of God.

Nov. 26 Advent and the beginning of the Advent Season Today we will introduce the season of Advent and some familiar traditions. We will use most of the time to work together with children from “The Rock,” making Advent wreaths to take home.

The schedule for Rock Group gatherings for the 2017-2018 school year is as follows:

  • October 29 Saints, Heroes, Martyrs and regular folks!
  • November 26 Make an Advent Wreath and take it home.
  • December 17 Christmas Pageant practice (you are never too old to be a sheep, angel, narrator or director)
  • January 14 New Year service project
  • February 18 Beads + Prayers = Prayer Beads (we will be making and using them)
  • March 15/16 participation with HIM (Hawaiian Islands Ministry) youth seminar and concert. (Many more details to follow)
  • April 8 Labyrinth walking The most influential journey you can make without leaving home.
  • May and June dates and topics are TBA.

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