by Mary Johnson, Director of Children's Ministries

Every year at this time - the beginning of May - the teaching staffs of All Things Bright and Beautiful and our Sunday Chapel Christian Formation marvel at how quickly the year as gone. Even while considering the interminably long winter we have had, the fact that our two programs conclude in three weeks is hard to believe.

The growth of ALL the students in ATB&B is so apparent. The uncertain, shy, tentative child from the beginning of the year has been lovingly transformed into a confident, compassionate, and accomplished individual. I am often asked what it is exactly that distinguishes ATB&B from other preschools in the community. My answer always begins with the tremendous staff. All the children learn from their teachers from day one that they are celebrated and loved as unique creations from God. This is a foundation that will continue to serve them well no matter where their future experiences may take them.

For our Junior Kindergarteners, we will have our closing celebration on Thursday, May 23 at 6:30 in the church followed by a reception in the Great Hall. At this celebration, we recognize the fifteen families whose oldest or only child is leaving All Things Bright and Beautiful. For one family, their tenure at the school goes back eight years. For so many other families, we look forward to their younger siblings coming in the fall.

Our Sunday Children's Chapel program this year has been phenomenal! Pastor Heath has expanded the number of lessons we now have for Godly Play, and the children are captivated each week as we share the stories. For those of you who have been in a service when Mr. Bill Gordon has directed the children's and youth choirs, you know first-hand what an impact he has made on our Sunday mornings. The choirs will be singing again on Mother's Day. Also, on Mother's Day, the loose collection at the offertory will be designated for the purchase of new Children's Chapel materials. We hope you will be able to donate as generously as you are able.

Pastor Heath with the Junior Kindergarten class.