Coconuts, Islands, and Backpacks

      Knox Kids had a fun and fruit-filled summer. We spent nine weeks learning about the fruit of the Spirit summarized in Galatians 5:22-23. Each week, we worked on memorizing the fruit by reminding ourselves in song that the fruit of the Spirit isn’t a coconut, a banana, or a watermelon; instead, the fruit of the Spirit are ways that we show the world we follow Jesus.To learn more about love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control we read children’s books on each topic. These books have found a home in the small library located in the parent’s room at the back of the Sanctuary. Feel free to check a few books out for a couple weeks using the sign-out sheet on top of the bookcase.

      At the beginning of August, Knox Kids partnered with San Marino Community Church for Vacation Bible School on Shipwrecked Island. VBS welcomed 115 kids and almost 70 volunteers from SMCC, Knox, and the surrounding communities. We brought Shipwrecked Island back to Knox in the month of August decorating the Atrium like a tropical and deserted island. While on the island we sang songs, learned memory verses, and talked about the different elements of our worship service like prayer, songs, baptism, and communion. For a few Sundays, we even had the chance to imagine having the ocean nearby with the summer favorite: Soggy Sunday on the Knox lawn.

Now that the fall has begun, Knox Kids have moved up to new classrooms. On Sunday, September 9, we blessed the backpacks of our students and teachers, and presented Bibles to our 4th and 5th graders. Then, the kids moved to their new classrooms. We are blessed with twenty-one volunteers who teach and facilitate our Sunday morning classrooms along with our paid nursery staffers. We are hoping to welcome two or three additional volunteers to facilitate Sunday morning classrooms. We also need a few folks to commit to bringing fresh fruit to supplement our “Feast” time each Sunday.

On the first Sunday of the month in September, October, and November, Pastor Ally will offer a series of “Talking to Your Kids About” workshops, We will address the topics of Communion, Stewardship, and Advent, and Christmas. These workshops will take place following the morning worship service and include lunch and childcare. We will have time in the workshop for families to do an activity all together. These workshops are one way for us to build intergenerational community and talk about how to have faith conversations at home.

Please talk with our Children Ministries Committee Chair, Alison Curtiss (, our Children’s Ministries Elder, Carrie Hofmann (, or Pastor Ally ( if you are able to volunteer or have other questions about our ministries to children and their families.

Pastor Ally






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