The Edge All 4th and 5th Graders are automatically part of this group! Welcome! Things that are red – tomatos, cardinals, fire truck, lips, jello, blood, apple, stop sign, rose, tulip Things that fly – bird, airplane, kite, clouds, hot air balloon, butterflies, bumble bees, dragonfly, helicopter, superman Things that are in the ocean – submarine, killer whale, whale, dolphin, shark, seagrass, plankton, coral, octopus, starfish Things that are on the ground – feet, sidewalks, grass, mud, worm, dirt, bugs, gravel, trash, penny Things that Edgers do – Messy Games, Shaving Cream War, Bible Study, Bowling, roller skating, outreach, mission tirp, youth group, games, eat pizza Numbers – 1, 2, 23, 100, 10000, 5, 50, 9, 13, 10 Things that are loud – jackhammer, bullhorn, race cars, jet engines, sirens, rock concert, tractor trailer truck, thunder, trains, screams Things in the church – organ, stained glass, chalice, people, choir, cross, bible, pew, altar, priest Notes from Welcome Slide… Welcome to The Edge! All 4th and 5th graders are automatically part of The Edge. My name is Sarah Freeman and I’m the Tween Minister here at Saint Michael and All Angels. I want to start with a short reflection… The Edge is the name because they are on the edge between childhood and being a teenager. It can be exciting and scary all a t the same time. One minute it feels like you just want to be a child forever and the next minute you are just too old for everything. It is important to recognize this in between time in the world. The Edge is our way of supporting both parents and kids through th is confusing time in a safe place. Becoming Who I Am Meant To Be is The Edge theme. We are all in the process of becoming the best that God has for us. It is often a long and twisted path and we need help from one another along the way. The Edge is one h elp along the path both for Edgers AND for the parents. I am here as a resource but so are Emily Given, our CFM director, Amy Meaux, the associate rector for children, youth, and families, and any of the other clergy. David said “Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.” in Psalm 54…David had quite a life, both great things and hard things happened to him. We know that being a tween or a parent of a tween can also be a roller coaster ride of great things and hard things but God is guiding the roller coaster and putting people in your lives to help smooth the way…and to remind you to laugh even when it can be scary. The Edge can be a place for fun but also for spiritual growth…I’m not just talking about for the 4 th and 5th graders either. Parents and families also gain a lot on their spiritual journeys when they and their Edger participate in The Edge o fferings. Let us pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for the time to be together. Thank you for all the 4 th and 5th graders of SMAA and for their families. Please bless this year with great times and help to guide us through the hard times. In your Son’s name we pray. Amen. One last thing before we get started…to help you begin to build the relationships that will help you and your Edger become the person they are meant to be, we are going to take a little time to get to know each other. First, look at your name tags and find the green word or words. There are themes up on the screen. Figure out which one you r green word falls in and between 1-9 other people who fit that theme. Adults will be in adult groups and kids in kid groups (adults ha ve all white name tags and kids have blue edges) -Give them 30 seconds to get started. If you need a hint, I’ve added the words under their theme. Once everyone is pretty settled, switch the slide. Questions to answer (You have 10 minutes) Adults – Your name, spouse, and kids – What is your favorite memory from 4th or 5th grade? Kids – Your name, grade, school – What is the best thing that has happened this year? Notes for Questions to answer slide… Give them 10 minutes to get to know each other. Introduce Committee who is there (Diane Williams, Emily Costas, and Leslie Agouridis…Ellen Carrie is teaching 3rd Grade Sunday school today but also on the committee.) Have Edgers with T-shirts stand up….We have Edge T- shirts that can be bought for $10.00 each after we are done today or any time in the future. Sunday School 4th Grade – Theme: We are living members of the Christian story beginning with Creation and continuing through today. – 4th Grade Eucharist Class 5th Grade – Order of the Archangel Notes for Sunday School slide… Sunday School is split by grade. 4th grade: -The theme and over all goal for the year is the kids know that we are part of the Christian story. The Christian story began at Creation and continued through all the Bible stories….but it also continues through today in our lives together. -We begin the year with the 4th Grade Eucharist Class. The 4th graders and parents are welcome too spend 4 weeks with the clergy and staff of SMAA learning about the Eucharist and how we live part of our Christian story in the Eucharist. We meet in the Bishop Moore Chapel for the next 3 weeks. The final class is in the Church on October 10 and then there is a recognition on Sunday, October 17 in the 8:45 a.m. service. -Beginning October 17th, the boys meet in room 212 and the girls meet in room 210 for the rest of the year with parent volunteers. -Lessons are based on a story and tie that story to something going on in the lives of 4 th graders 5th grade: -called Order of the Archangel. -meet in The Edge Room all together -combination of adult volunteers and parent volunteers -laid back year before Confirmation in 6th grade Notes for Youth Group slide… The Edge Youth Group -we meet 2 Sunday evenings per month usually…sometimes we meet on a Saturday for Outreach -you will receive evites about 3 weeks before events usually…this is where you can rsvp for an event. -during youth group nights we play games, do a short devotion, eat dinner, and have prayer share time -the calendar of events for this is online. If you go to The Edge page on the SMAA website, you will find a place for calendar and resources. -there is one date that will be changed on this and that is the Youth Group Night and Parenting Class scheduled for Super Bowl Sunday. I’m usually very careful about Super Bowl Sunday but somehow missed it this year. It will be moved to later in the month. There will also be a Spring Family Home Communion added to the calendar once we’ve go a date that works for the host family and clergy. -we also have 2 youth group nights out this year…in the fall we’ll be going to Main Event for bowling and laser tag….in the spring, we’ll have an Edger-parent night at Whirly Ball for those in town over President’s Day -our Outreach is focused on the Jubilee Neighborhood this year. We have 3 outreach opportunities. The first is the Halloween Carnival on Saturday, October 30 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. We know Saturdays and Halloween are busy times but we would like to invite you to take some time out of your day to make Halloween special for the kids of the Jubilee neighborhood. We’ll have games to run, prizes to hand out, and time to get to know the kids of the neighborhood. Bible Study Notes for the Bible Study slide… The Edge Bible Study meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:15-7:30 p.m. each week starting this Wednesday. Bible study is theme based so we have a theme like Why can’t I do everything I want? then we use activities and Bible verses to discuss answers. We also have a great adult volunteer who will be helping us with Bible Study each Wednesday. Her name is Sarah Mundy and she is very excited to hang out with The Edge. I am also looking to do some other small group Bible studies at different times. If you are interested, please sign the sheet on your way out with your email and days and times you would be interested in having a small group. Mondays are my day off so I can’t do Mondays but Tuesday through Friday and Sunday after church are possibilities. We would meet either every week or every other week for the school year. If you want to have a small group Bible study, I would ask that you commit your Edger to being there at least 2/3 of the times because it is very hard if people miss too often in a small group to build trust. Volunteering Parenting Classes We love parents to 6 classes volunteer!!! Led by well known Please volunteer at speakers from the least one time community and the throughout the year. church staff Topics directed at parents of 4th & 5th graders Notes for Volunteering & Parenting Class Slide… Volunteering -We love parent volunteers…your kids aren’t quite at the age where they don’t want you around because you are embarrassing or not cool enough. Take advantage of this and spend some time with them and their friends. Volunteering increases not only your experience of the church but your child’s experience of you and The Edge. -We would ask you to find at least 1 Edge event this year where you can volunteer. There will be information on volunteering with each Evite. Also, there is at least one Bible Study that I will have to miss this fall and I will need a parent volunteer to help Sarah Mundy lead. Please let me know if you would be willing to help with Bible Study this fall. -We have 2 types of volunteers that we need this year. First, Food Volunteers…these wonderful people will make and/or deliver food for the different events. We will often put in the evite under “Bring Something” the needs we have in this area. Second, we need Adult Volunteers…these are the people who come to events and help with photography, crowd control, leading a game, and generally helping out during the event. It’s a lot of fun and you will get information about what you will be doing before the event. Parenting Classes -We came up with this idea last year and after much success, decided to continue this year. -There will be 6 classes throughout the year. -We have both well known speakers-like Kathleen Fischer next Sunday and church staff like Jemonde Taylor. -All the topics are pulled from the brainstorming sessions back in May. The speakers know that they are talking specifically to 4 th & 5th grade parents about things happening in these years and maybe a little into 6 th or 7th grades. -Classes meet while your Edge kids are at an Edge event. -Child care is provided for younger siblings through Early Childhood Ministry. You must make your reservation with them by the Wednesday before the class and at least 2 families need to request child care for them to have it. Mission Trip World Hunger Relief, Inc. Elm Mott, Texas April 8-10 Attend the Lock-In Mission Trip Slide… We’re doing something different this year for our Edge Mission Trip. I haven’t made the pre-trip visit so I still don’t have all the details yet. We will go to the World Hunger Relief, Inc. farm in Elm Mott, Texas…near Waco. Due to many requests, we are moving the mission trip to earlier in the school year so we will be leaving right after school on Friday, April 8 and returning the afternoon of Sunday, April 10. We will be doing farm chores, learning how people live and eat in developing countries including making our own dinner on Saturday! We’ll also be doing a ropes course for fun. Both 4th and 5th graders can attend. Please have your Edger attend the Lock-In over MLK weekend in January to see how they do on an overnight away from home/friend’s home. We will need 2 moms and 2 dads to go on the trip with us. The cost is usually around $150 for the weekend but I’ll have a definite number once I do the pre-trip in October. Please let me know questions you have so that I can ask the World Hunger Relief people. There will be a limit of 15 kids on the trip due to the farm’s space. Thanks for coming. I’ll take questions on anything and everything now!