Communion Class for Children on Sunday, April 6

Pastor Liebster will hold a communion class for young children from age 3 with parents on Sunday April 6 at 9:50 a.m. in the second floor children’s library. Holy Communion will be explained and experienced in age appropriate ways. The class will include demonstration of grains and sharing of bread and grapes. All children are invited, those already communing and those preparing for their first communion.

The Three Days for Children – Getting Ready for Easter

three daysChildren in Kindergarten through 6th grade and their parents, godparents and grandparents are invited to experience The Three Days together in an afternoon’s time, Saturday, April 5, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the parish hall. Activities include bread baking, prayer at the cross, candle making, Jonah story and song, and a feast with bread from the oven. In preparation for The Three Days celebration each activity demonstrates a step on the way through the meaning of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil. Children and parents are invited to then participate in The Three Days in “real time” April 17, 18, 19 and 20. All are welcome on Saturday, April 5; rsvp to the church office or Pr. Karin Liebster is appreciated.

Communion Class for Children

communion class for childrenPastor Liebster will hold a communion class for young children from age 3 with  their parents on Sunday January 27 at 9:50 a.m. in the second floor children’s library. Holy Communion will be explained and experienced in age appropriate ways. The class will include demonstration of grains and sharing of bread and grapes. All children are invited, those already communing and those preparing for their first communion.

Invitation to be a Nursery Volunteer

Top Ten Reasons to Volunteer in the CTK Nursery:

10. Because you can never read Green Eggs and Ham too many times in your life.
9.   You don’t get to see your grandkids often enough.
8.   You can indulge your closet LEGO obsession.
7.   You’ll get an infection (not with ebola, silly, but with boundless joy and energy).
6.   There’s a toy train.
5.   It’s an opportunity to see the world through fresh eyes.
4.   A way make new friends that will adore you just because you showed up.
3.   No diaper changing duty-we leave that to the professionals.
2.   It’s a sure way to serve God’s children as Jesus would have.
1.   The nursery needs YOU!

The nursery at Christ the King Church is looking for new volunteers to assist our attendants on Sundays during and between the worship services. Volunteers are typically parents of children ages 0 – 4, but we welcome any members who enjoy caring for young children. All interested in volunteering please speak with the pastors, Beverly Davis or Tim Lenz. The Safe Haven policy of the congregation will apply for all new volunteers.

Kids and Their Bones

Building healthy bodies in childhood includes building healthy bones. Bones are living tissue and as children grow, bones go through a regular process of older bone tissue being replaced with new bone tissue. This process can be compared to a bank account. Sometimes bone tissue is removed and other times it is deposited as the skeleton grows in size and density. Bones reach 90% of peak bone mass by age 18 for females and age 20 for males. By age 30, bone density begins to decrease. These facts highlight the importance of focusing on bone health during childhood and adolescence.

Proper nutrition and physical activity are key ingredients for achieving maximum bone density to sustain the skeleton through adulthood. Adequate intake of calcium and Vitamin D are essential to bone health. Vitamin D facilitates absorption of calcium. So how much calcium is enough? An 8 ounce glass of milk contains about 300 mg of calcium which is about 1/3 of the daily requirement for children 4 to 8 years of age and about 1/4 of the daily requirement for ages 9 to 18. Check food labels to identify foods high in calcium. A single serving containing at least 20% DV (daily intake value) is considered a high calcium food. Dairy products and calcium-fortified juice and cereals are high calcium foods. Preparing foods like soup, oatmeal and smoothies with milk may appeal to children who don’t like to drink milk. Obtaining calcium from foods is preferable to taking a calcium supplement.

Weight-bearing activities like running, dancing, soccer, gymnastics, etc. all help build bone density. Swimming and cycling are good for general health, but do not contribute to bone density. Playing outside can help increase Vitamin D blood levels though there does not appear to be a firm consensus on how much sunlight exposure is optimum. The effects of sunscreen on Vitamin D absorption are unclear and the protection it offers against skin cancer makes use of sunscreen essential. Instilling enjoyment of physical activity and monitoring calcium intake pave the way for healthy bones that will support children through adulthood.