Inspirica Sneaker Tree

New sneakers in the right size, such a given for most of us, are an incredible gift for a homeless child.

Sign up and buy for your chosen child. Sneakers may be returned to the box in Smith Hall by October 3. Contact Marianna Kilbride, marianna@godsacre.org, to learn more. 

Church School is Back!

We are thrilled to be welcoming our students and teachers back to Church School this fall!

Join us in the classroom during the 10:00am Worship Service for fellowship and faith development starting Sunday, September 12. Classes will be offered for children ages 3 through Grade 7 along with nursery care for age 2 and under. We plan to follow all NCPS Covid guidelines.

Register your child here today!

Children’s Music and Drama: Welcome Sydney Anderson and Register Today!

Please welcome Sydney Anderson as our new Director of Children’s Music and Drama! Sydney begins Tuesday, September 7 and will team with Mrs. Jody. She studied Musical Theater at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, received a Bachelor’s degree in K-12 Music Education at The Hartt School in Hartford, and the Master’s degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Houston. Sydney is additionally certified in Preschool and Early Childhood Music programs including First Steps in Music and Kindermusik, and has taught Elementary Music in public schools and daycares in Connecticut, New York, and Texas. Sydney has also served as Children’s Music Director in churches throughout Texas and Connecticut, where small children’s choirs blossomed to large programs under her leadership. Sydney is a renowned soprano and returns from the summer after singing the lead role with an opera company in San Diego. She is a dedicated pedagogue and enjoys teaching beginner piano and flute, and of course voice lessons to all ages. Welcome Sydney!

Children’s Music This Year

We have a robust program schedule for Children’s Music and Drama planned for this coming season. We look forward to all the children joining us as we sing together.

To register, email Sydney Anderson at sydney@godsacre.org, fill out a form online, click here, or grab a paper form from Smith Hall! All choirs will follow the New Canaan Public School guidelines to ensure that children will stay safe and healthy.

Grace Notes – Ages 2 – 4 with Parent.  Mondays, 4:00pm – 4:30pm
Grace Notes meet Mondays from 4:00 – 4:30pm with Mrs. Jody and learn about our church through songs and rhythmic movements. Grace Notes learn that the church is a safe place for families and friends as young children start to bond with others. We sing in the worship services occasionally and participate in the annual children’s musical.

Cherubs – Age 4 – Kindergarten. Mondays, 4:30pm – 5:00pm
Cherubs meet Mondays from 4:30 – 5:00pm with Mrs. Jody. We continue to develop musical skills for the voice and are introduced to percussion instruments through rhythm. Cherubs sing in the worship services occasionally and participate in the annual children’s musical.

Spirit Singers – Grades 1 – 4. Wednesdays, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Spirit Singers meet Wednesdays from 4:00 – 5:00pm. Spirit Singers continue with good vocal and rhythmic skills with Christian emphasis. Spirit Singers sing an opening hymn the first Sunday of the month during the program year as well as sing anthems throughout the program year.  They participate in the Mary Bradley Clarke Benefit Concert and present a musical each year. Spirit Singers enjoy outreach by singing twice a year at The New Canaan Inn.

Joyful Noise/Junior Worship Team – Grades 5 – 8. Wednesdays, 5:00pm –6:00pm
Joyful Noise is the most advanced young people’s choir, which meet Wednesdays from 5:00 – 6:00pm. Joyful Noise sings regularly and leads in service anthems with the Chancel Choir or Spirit Singers as well as solos and small ensembles. The Christian emphasis continues with strong musical skills from vocal production, musical reading, rhythm advancement, and instrumental knowledge. Joyful Noise sings twice a year at The New Canaan Inn, participates in the Mary Bradley Clarke Benefit Concert, and has significant leadership roles in the musical.

Filling in the Blanks – August Backpack Drive

We invite you to donate a full-sized backpack during the month of August to benefit Filling in the Blanks. Their mission is to fight childhood hunger by providing children in need with meals on the weekends. Backpacks can be brought to church on Sundays or dropped off in Smith Hall during the week. Contact Marianna Kilbride, marianna@godsacre.org, for more information.

 

Gospel Garden Givers

Gospel Garden Givers

This summer, we will again work with St. Mark’s Church to provide fresh vegetables for our food insecure neighbors through the New Canaan Food Pantry and Person-to-Person.

It’s easy to donate extra produce from your home garden for distribution to those in need. Just drop off your veggies at the Gospel Garden located in the back of St. Mark’s Church on Monday mornings from 9:00am-11:00 am; email Debbie Shew, scwheatenterrier@yahoo.com (our Gospel Garden liaison), and she will arrange for a pick-up.

July Dinners for Pivot

Our friends at Pivot continue to be food challenged as a result of the pandemic.

Their main source of food, the Connecticut Food Bank, is not a reliable source of healthy and varied dietary options. If you can cook and deliver a dinner to Pivot this month, please follow this link to their meal train.

If you would like to stay and serve that dinner, or visit Pivot for a lunch, contact Mary Aly, maryaly@pivotministries.org.