Cool Disciples Schedule – December 2012

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On Saturday nights and on Sunday mornings at FUMC our kids, whom we call “Cool Disciples,” experience Rotation Model Christian education, as they learn about Bible stories and concepts through kid-friendly multimedia workshops. Scroll down to view our December schedule of workshops.

a quilted parament - shepherds

Since this is December, we are learning about Jesus’ birth! Because Christmas happens once a year, each Advent we focus on a different aspect of the Christmas story. In the past we have covered Jesus’ birth through the eyes of the prophet Isaiah, the story of the magi, the birth from his mother’s perspective, and the overall details and sequence of the Christmas story. This December we target the key role of angels and shepherds. Read about our story in Luke 2:1-20.

For Saturdays at the Green Wood location, here is the schedule…

Date What’s happening
12/1 Children will be singing and assisting with the service, so please arrive early (between 4:30-4:45) for rehearsal and instructions. There will be a short time spend downstairs watching part of the video Why Do We Call It Christmas? Don’t forget to stay after service for a chili supper, making ornaments, & decorating cookies!
Date Workshop Activity
12/8 Storytelling Workshop Hear the Christmas story via a “visitor” from Bible times – a shepherd!
12/15 Cooking Workshop Bake candy cane cookies to give away.
12/22 Art Workshop Choose from a variety of media to create a scene of shepherds and/or angels.
12/29 Worship with your family

For Sundays at the downtown location, here is the schedule of workshops…

Date What’s happening
12/2 Enjoy worship and Communion with your family
Games 1 Games 2 Storytelling Cooking Video Art
Room 211 Room 215 Room 204 Social Hall Pine Room Room 212
12/9 3rd grade 5th & 6th grade 2nd grade 4th grade {closed} 1st grade
12/16 1st grade 4th grade 3rd grade {closed} 5th & 6th grade 2nd grade
11/23 2nd grade {closed} 1st grade 5th & 6th grade 4th grade 3rd grade
12/30 Enjoy worship and Communion with your family

What’s happening in each workshop at the Downtown location?

  • In the Art Workshop students will create a shepherds & angels picture using mixed media.
  • In the Cooking Workshop students will become messengers of the good news by making candy-cane cookies to give away.
  • In the Games Workshop students will test their knowledge of the details of the Christmas story in a quiz game.
  • In the Storytelling Workshop students will hear from a shepherd, who describe his experience on the night of Jesus’ birth.
  • In the Video Workshop students will watch portions of that all-time favorite video A Charlie Brown’s Christmas.


If you are in the area please join us for the fun learning at First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor, MI


Photo credits:
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Shepherds photo from my archives, sewn by the Paraments committee at church.