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Gather 'Round: Hearing and Sharing God's Good News has become Shine: Living in God's Light. Check out our website at www.shinecurriculum.com.

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[09/13/14]   The Gather 'Round curriculum has now transitioned into Shine: Living in God's Light. For future updates and tips, be sure to "like" Shine! And for more information on Shine, check out the website:
https://shinecurriculum.com

[08/24/14]   After 8 years, 32 quarters, and and 416 sessions, this is Gather 'Round's last week! Thank you for the privilege of serving you and the children, youth, and families in your congregation. We have loved being part of your life. www.gatherround.org

[08/16/14]   This week, children and youth explore the story of Lydia from Acts 16. What can we learn about a woman who--like many other women in the Bible--is mentioned only briefly? Two important things: 1) As a seller of purple cloth and a woman who ran her own household, she was enterprising and wealthy. 2) As the host of a house church, she was one of those who sustained the early Christian movement. Thanks, Lydia! www.gatherround.org.

conta.cc 08/04/2014

Revised: Goodbye from Gather 'Round!

The last issue of Roundabout Online: The Gather 'Round curriculum says goodbye and thanks. The new curriculum, Shine: Living in Gods Light, welcomes you! http://conta.cc/1qUrCH8

conta.cc Gather 'Round is concluding its eighth and final year! Whether you have been part of the Gather 'Round family from the beginning, in the fall of 2006, or have just joined us this year, we want to take this opportunity to thank you. Serving you has been our privilege.

conta.cc 08/04/2014

Revised: Goodbye from Gather 'Round!

The last issue of Roundabout Online: The Gather 'Round curriculum says goodbye and thanks. The new curriculum, Shine: Living in Gods Light, welcomes you! http://conta.cc/1qUrCH8

conta.cc Gather 'Round is concluding its eighth and final year! Whether you have been part of the Gather 'Round family from the beginning, in the fall of 2006, or have just joined us this year, we want to take this opportunity to thank you. Serving you has been our privilege.

[07/27/14]   This week children and youth encounter the story of Philip and the Ethiopian official. Read Acts 8:26-40, and rejoice with the man who encountered Philip as he rode home from Jerusalem in his chariot. What insights into God's vision for the world do you receive from this story? http://www.gatherround.org

[07/18/14]   God, how wonderful is your love that has no boundaries. Let me learn to love as you love. . . . Opening prayer for teachers who will lead children and youth in encountering the story of Cornelius and Peter (Acts 10) this week. http://www.gatherround.org/

[07/11/14]   "Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God." Read or reread this week's Bible story from Acts 3 and allow yourself to be swept up by this man's joy and gratitude. What are you grateful for today?

conta.cc 07/01/2014

Acting+like+apostles

Together with children, we learn to act like apostles in July's Roundabout newsletter.

conta.cc Plan well, but don't become enslaved to your plans. Watch for magic moments. These spontaneous opportunities may be the very times children remember forever!

[06/28/14]   This week children and youth explore the story of Zacchaeus--a familiar story for many of us. Still, can't we all benefit from his enthusiastic willingness to right the wrongs he had done to others? When did you last make something right with a family member, friend, or acquaintance? Anything else hanging?

[06/20/14]   In this week's Bible insight, scholar Jacob Elias summarizes the biblical accounts of Mary Magdalene. He disentangles her from others, including the unnamed woman, often assumed to have been a pr******te, who anointed Jesus' feet in Luke 7:36-39.

[06/13/14]   Kids are out of school for the summer. Is sibling conflict escalating in your house? You're not alone! There are lots of stories of sibling rivalry in the Bible, as well as a few of brothers and sisters getting along. Junior and senior youth will be looking at some of those stories this week. Can you name a few?

conta.cc 06/06/2014

Plan a summer shake up!

Plan a summer shake-up! http://conta.cc/1j5oBKQ

conta.cc Combining different age groups is one way to change the pace. You might even consider inviting adults to participate. Think about inviting parents to be part of the Preschool class; or open the Youth/Junior Youth sessions to all adults as well as kids.

[05/30/14]   Jesus befriends unexpected people. Looking forward to a look at Matthew the tax collector this Sunday.

[05/24/14]   The spring quarter is ending! Teachers, thank you so much for the gift of your time and energy. You have touched lives: you have served as a role model; you have shown God's love to your students; you have helped them grow in faith. Blessings to you.

[05/15/14]   Just two more sessions in the spring quarter! Teachers, if your Christian ed program will end for the year, think about a way to acknowledge the children who will "graduate" out of your class. A signed card and a blessing on the last day are simple and meaningful.

conta.cc 05/06/2014

A simple miracle

How can you be part of a miracle? Read the May issue of Roundabout Online.

conta.cc This week, children and youth encountered the John 21 story of the post-resurrection Jesus instructing his weary disciples (who have not recognized him) to cast their empty net on the other side of their boat. For whatever reason, they listen to the words of this stranger, and their night of unsucce…

gatherround.org 04/25/2014

Connect church & home with Gather ’Round

Check out the new Gather 'Round home page! http://www.gatherround.org/

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gatherroundstore.org 04/19/2014

GatherRoundStore

The summer quarter, "Stories of God's People"—which is also the last quarter of Gather 'Round—is available now! Children and youth will enjoy digging deeper into stories of New Testament servants of God: Mary, Martha, Nicodemus, Peter, Cornelius, Lydia, and others. Order now at at http://gatherroundstore.org.

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[04/12/14]   Sunday school teachers: Before you leave your room tomorrow, will you glance through your teacher's guide to see what the Bible story is for next week, set out resource pack items, note what supplies are already available, and make a short list of anything you want to pick up? You will be ahead of the game when next weekend rolls around!

conta.cc 04/03/2014

Discipline: A way of "discipling" children and youth

This month's Roundabout talks about discipline in a surprising way! http://conta.cc/1kv9MCZ

conta.cc As the school year draws to a close, behavior can become more of an issue in church as well as in school. Dealing with unwanted behavior is part of the discipling task of teaching: helping children and youth to grow in loving relationship with others and with God. Here are some things you can do to…

[03/19/14]   One of this week's Talkabout questions for families: Read John 12:3. The nard that Mary poured on Jesus' feet was worth about a year's wages. What do you own that costs a year's wages?

[03/12/14]   Just ran across a page for children entitled "We Worship, Too" in a 1963 Bible curriculum. It began, "We can help to keep our church clean, orderly, and quiet." Do you think our priorities have shifted in the last 50 years?

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Living in the light

In this month's issue of Roundabout, children will learn about living in the light, through stories in the book of John.

Click here to create a sub-title for your post. In the spring quarter, we continue the stories of Jesus from the Gospel of John. As Jesus moves toward the cross, he continues to teach and heal. He raises Lazarus from the dead. He washes the disciples' feet and comforts their troubled hearts. 

[02/25/14]   The spring quarter starts this Sunday! Preschoolers through high school youth will continue learning stories about Jesus from the Gospel of John. Do your teachers have what they need to lead their groups?

[02/19/14]   This quarter Middlers have been learning names Jesus is given in the Gospels. They learned 8 names that are found in the Book of John. Can you list them?

12/16/2013

York Center Church of the Brethren is using Gather 'Round art as the inspiration for their worship center for Advent!

[12/06/13]   The Gospel of John begins with a hopeful image to introduce Jesus: light. At this time of year, when darkness increases, remember the power of light to pe*****te that darkness. . . . Living God, like John the Baptist, we wait with eager anticipation to celebrate Jesus' birth. Amen.

[11/27/13]   For the first Sunday of Advent, children and youth will be hearing and reading Psalm 122, a prayer for peace. Like the writer of the psalm, we say, "For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good."

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Winter is coming!

Winter is coming! Well, the winter quarter anyway. Read about it in the November issue of Roundabout Online. And think about using the Middler Advent candle prayers in congregational worship throughout Advent. This is a great opportunity to involve children in worship!

campaign.r20.constantcontact.com The winter quarter begins with the first Sunday of Advent, on December 1. The quarterly theme is "Meet Jesus, the Messiah: Stories from John."

10/21/2013

Thirty quarters of curriculum really stacks up! Thanks to the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board for hosting a Gather ’Round celebration today.

[10/10/13]   Thanks so much to the children of Kidron Mennonite Church in Kidron, Ohio, for sending us the proceeds from your Sunday School offering! You are so generous. We are privileged to serve you.

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This month's Roundabout talks about how children and adults can encounter scripture in lively and thoughtful ways.

archive.constantcontact.com We agree. The stories of our faith are building blocks. As children and youth encounter the stories of how God's people have responded to good times and bad times, to calls from God and to human events, they are shaping their own faith.

[09/26/13]   “[If] children don’t learn the Bible story, Christianity may survive—but the church may not.” –-Phyllis Tickle, speaking to the Church of the Brethren National Older Adult Conference, September 2013

[09/17/13]   A two-part Bible trivia question: Who is known as “the weeping prophet”? What passage of scripture gives this prophet that name? Winner(s) will receive a Gather ’Round mug!

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