As county and private schools fall back into the swing of the new school year, so does Church Street. From moving up to the next Sunday School class to preparing our hearts and minds through song and prayer, the school year is officially underway.

On August 11, children gathered at the altar with their backpacks to receive a special blessing for the school year. Children and youth met their new Sunday School teachers who will shepherd them through the year in their Christian education. After worship, our children’s choirs kicked off their rehearsals for the year.

Upcoming Activities for Children, Youth, and Families: 

August 17-18 – Parish Youth Choir Retreat

August 18 – Back-to-School Family Prayer Time (4pm, Nave)

August 25 – Youth back-to-school party at 5pm in the Gym

Photos from Promotion Sunday and Blessing of the Backpacks:

Beacon of Hope, located at the former Vestal United Methodist Church in South Knoxville, serves Church Street’s neighbors in need through a variety of programs. This week, Beacon of Hope shared a new program with the area’s children: Vacation Bible School.

Along with parents and volunteers from Church Street, children ages 3 and up were engaged with Bible stories, songs, art projects, active lessons, and prayer as they learned more about “Life is Wild; God is Good”, this year’s theme. Enjoy the photo gallery below of kids (and adults!) taking part in this fun 3-day event.

Each summer, children are invited to delight in the magic and mystery of the infamous Harry Potter, through magical classes and lessons that trace back to the Bible and Jesus’ teachings. The Parish Hall and various rooms throughout the church are transformed into the mysterious rooms of Hogwarts, and children in grades 1-6 experience two days of magical training in Potions, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Transfiguration, and more.

At the end of the two days, campers compete in the Tri-Wizard Tournament, and they enjoy Harry Potter films throughout their camp experience.

If you would like to know more about Camp Hogwarts, please contact Katryn Bancroft, Children’s Director.

“The classes at Hogwarts are my favorite! And I can’t forget Quidditch!”

Erin, Griffindor

“What is my favorite part of Hogwarts? All of it!”

Elizabeth, Ravenclaw

“Potions Class is my favorite because we get to do experiments.”

Molly Cate, Slytherin