Note to readers:  I incorrectly posted this to the blog, and so it didn’t appear as I had though on May 2nd, so I apologize that this is being published a week late.  But the good news is that it was a great Sunday last week, and now I have pictures to share with everyone!

Back-dated to 5/2/14:  We are excited to be back together in the atrium after Palm Sunday and Easter holidays away. We have celebrated Easter, we have resurrected our alleluias from the garden, and we are now looking at the “home stretch” of the academic year in the Atrium. With only a few weeks left together until we break for the summer, we still have a lot of learning yet to do! Our focus in our remaining time will be on the post-resurrection stories.

We begin with the wonderful Liturgy of the Light Sunday, May 2nd where the children have the opportunity to engage fully in the resurrection miracle. The children themselves bless the Paschal Candle, and then read passages from Genesis, Isaiah, and Ephesians, and finish with the Gospel of Matthew reading of the Women at the Tomb. The children then each “receive the light of Christ.” It is a beautiful celebration to witness. To look across the dark room and see how the room literally brightens as each child is brought into connection with Christ’s risen light…it is an “alleluia, amen” moment!

Altar

Altar

The children around the altar.

The children around the altar.

Lit of Light - 6

Children receive the Light of Christ.

 

Altar table.

Altar table.

One of our last focuses in the True Vine Atrium will be on the Celebration of Pentecost. This year, Pentecost falls on June 8th, long after atrium has retired for the summer. But never one to miss an opportunity to celebrate, in our class we will be honoring the “birthday of the church” early this year so that the children have an opportunity to reflect and meditate on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

This is the altar from last year's Pentecost celebration.

This is the altar from last year’s Pentecost celebration.

And although Atrium will wrap for the summer break on May 18th, children and parents need not fret! Vacation Bible School starts on Monday, June 16th and runs through Friday, June 20th, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. The curriculum and experience is a complete departure from what the children experience in the atrium during the academic year – it gives the children a chance to learn, celebrate, pray, and play together in a different and unique way. See the church website or bulletin for more information on enrollment for VBS.