Children and Youth Christian Ed

Summer Reading 2020

You are cordially invited to participate in the 2020 Summer Reading Club: Resist & Create! The Children & Youth CE Committee along with Pastors Malinda and Amanda are offering a fun and formative time for children this summer by reading and processing issues that are happening in our world today. Our hope is that this program will assist each of us on our way to being formed and molded into followers of Jesus, who loved all, and sided with the most marginalized over the oppressor every time.

In this document you will find the details for each age group clearly laid out including reading lists, instructions and forms for recording your progress (PreK-5th ; Jr/Sr High) between now and Labor Day weekend. Parental signatures will be required to receive the end of summer prize — $10 Lancaster “Downtown Dollars” and a chance to pick a prize from the C&Y grab-bag.  

As we all work on our own understanding of race, racism, sharing, acceptance, injustice, and hope, embracing this opportunity to read the same books will allow us to better talk to one another, deepening our understanding of what it means to be agents of peace in our world. We hope you have as much fun going through this reading list as we had putting it together. Until we can be together in person again, know that you are known and loved by God and by this community.

Happy Reading!

Pastors Malinda Clatterbuck & Amanda Stoltzfus 

C&Y CE Committee Members: Jenni Leister, Adam Miller, Micah Robinson

Children & Youth Christian Education

The stories of Jesus’ love and other teachings provide the foundation for Children & Youth Christian Education at CMCL. It is the spirit and context of the biblical stories that invite our children to understand how God is present in the context of their lives. We meet them where they are; teaching, sharing and demonstrating love and compassion. Each Sunday, CMCL kids gather to have fun with each other, explore and express how they see God working in their world.

Peace School (preschool through grade 6)

Peace School is a three evening summer program focused on teaching children how to be peacemakers. The theme for 2017 is Peace Heroes. Date and time is June 20-22, 6-8 pm each evening. Download an application form and send or deliver to CMCL Church Office, 332 W. Orange St., Lancaster, PA 17603.

The Fishbowl (infants to toddlers)

Our nursery, “The Fishbowl” is a comfortable and caring environment for the youngest of our congregation to listen to stories of God’s love. Committed parents and volunteers share their time playing, reading, and engaging as a way of letting little ones know how valued and important they are.

Ages 2 through 3

Provides a nurturing time for preschoolers to learn they are known and loved by God. Each week, volunteers weave play and guidance into a bible story and lesson. This important transition time allows for consistent connection with caring volunteer teachers and provides gentle growth and learning of Jesus and the world around them.

Age 4 through 4th Grade

The messages and stories of Jesus and the bible are introduced in an interactive way through the Rotation Workshop Model. Children respond and engage with the biblical story of the week by quietly rotating from one room where the story is shared to other rooms for a hands-on activity or group reflection. Elementary kids are guided through thoughtful exploration of how we are all God’s children.

5th through 8th Grade

The teachings of Jesus’ love and biblical messages are brought to life through reflection and relevance in this diverse age group. Experiencing Jesus’ love in their own lives is central. Whether it be through the building of a healthy peer group or by acknowledging the need for tolerance and acceptance and respect for others, CMCL’s middle schoolers begin to connect the dots between biblical stories and their growing awareness of themselves and the world in which they interact.

9th through 12th Grade

A time and place for youth to feel safe discussing how faith and values are formed, and what impact they may have on life’s daily choices. Biblical concepts are discussed more in-depth, and questions are always welcome. It is a time to shape beliefs and discuss issues including one’s faith, tolerance and acceptance, social justice and advocacy to name a few. Senior youth are encouraged to develop their own faith, share their experiences and be open to listening to others.