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School has been in session for several weeks now, and all our children’s activities are up and running as well.  In case you are not aware of the children’s activities that are available outside of the Sunday morning offerings, I would like to share our weekly schedule. 

  • Sunday evenings we offer AWANA classes with drop off at 5:30 p.m. and classes beginning at 5:45 p.m. Classes are for ages 3 – 5th grade with childcare being offered for younger children.  
  • Tuesday evenings we offer AWANA for the Big City University students. We meet from 5:45-7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday evenings begin with Preschool Choir and Children’s Choir from 6:00-6:45 p.m., followed by missions classes from 6:45-7:30 p.m. This consists of Mission Friends for children ages 3-Kindergarten, GAs (girls) and RAs (boys) 1st-5th grades.  Childcare is offered for children under age three.  Also, the Big City University students have the opportunity to attend our Wednesday evening classes. 

        If you have children and are not attending the evening activities, we would love to have you join us!  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.   

        Looking ahead, fall is quickly approaching and that means it is time for Trunk or Treat!  It is scheduled for Wednesday, October 30th from 6:00-7:30pm.  Over the last few years this has become one of our largest outreach events, next to Vacation Bible School.  This is also one of the events that Big City University collaborates with us to offer the opportunity to BCU families as well.

        The candy donation has already started, and it is slowly coming in.  With the amount of people who attend, it takes LOTS and LOTS of candy to provide for all who come.  Donations of individually wrapped candy is GREATLY appreciated!  There are collection bins in the Annex and the Welcome Center.  Donations will be taken through the night of Trunk-or-Treat. 

        As we get closer to Trunk-or-Treat I will be asking for volunteers in all capacities, so please begin praying now about where you might be able to serve.  This is another “all hands on deck” event, and I NEED YOUR HELP!  Below is a list of jobs that will need covered:

  • Decorated trunks
  • Games
  • Food Team Leaders – One leader for each of the following: popcorn, hot dogs, snowcones. Each leader will recruit their helpers.
  • Registration Workers – 8-10 people to sit at all possible entrances and collect registration papers
  • Monitor Inflatables – The youth seem to enjoy this one!
  • Building Monitors – People to monitor entrances to buildings and direct guests to restrooms, etc. 

One change this year is that we are asking those who provide trunks, please only give out candy and DO NOT include a game with your trunk.  The reason for this is the crowd has gotten so big and the line to the trunks so long that we feel the line might go faster without stopping to play the games at each trunk.  If you would like to do a game, that would be wonderful.  Games will be placed in a different area for children to have a bit more space to enjoy them. 

      Keep an eye on the tear off sheet in October for your chance to volunteer for Trunk or Treat.  It is such a fun evening, and full of wonderful opportunities to make positive connections to those in our community. I know the NCBC family always comes through, and you are loved and appreciated for all you do! 

                                                                                         With a thankful heart, 

                                                                                                     Holly

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