Church Life

For 135 years, this Christian community has helped support each other in times of both joy and sorrow. Whether gathering for a baptism, a marriage, a funeral, or a regular Sunday morning, our life together is rooted in prayer and in the hope we have because of Jesus Christ.

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The Nativity Day School welcomes children ages 10 weeks through the 3k year. The school is open Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Our school is staffed with highly qualified teachers and caregivers to ensure that the students of the Nativity Day School receive the best care and instruction possible. If you are interested in enrolling your student in the Nativity Day School please contact the Director of the Day School, Landi Mohamed at 662-453-7786. More information is available here.

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

WHAT IS GODLY PLAY? Godly Play is a way of religious education. The goal of Godly Play is to teach children the art of using the language of the Christian tradition to encounter God and find direction for their lives. There are six objectives that help meet this goal.

  1. To model how to wonder in religious education, so children can “enter” religious language rather than merely repeating it or talking about it.
  2. To show children how to create meaning with the language of the Christian tradition and how this can involve them in the experience of the Creator.
  3. To show children how to choose their own work, so they can confront their own existential limits and depth issues rather than work on other kinds of problems dictated by others, including adults.
  4. To organize the educational time to follow the pattern of worship that the Christian tradition has found to be the best way to be with God in community.
  5. To show children how to work together as a community by supporting and respecting each other and one another’s quest.
  6. To organize the educational space so that the whole system of Christian language is present in the room, so children can literally walk into that language domain when they enter the room and can begin to make connections among its various arts as they work with the lesson of the day and their responses in art or other lessons.

(Berryman, J., Teaching Godly Play, 1995).

KEY CONCEPTS OF GODLY PLAY:

  • Godly Play grew out of Montessori roots and is based on the principles of Montessori education
  • Children will be greeted at the door of the Godly Play room ready to enter the space and say goodbye to their caregiver
  • “Work” in Godly Play is child-directed. Children will choose what they want to do, such as art activities (coloring, crafts), discovering Godly Play materials, cleaning the room (sweeping, dusting), etc.
  • What children choose to say and do in the Godly Play classroom is sacred; therefore, the Godly Play leaders will not comment on what children said or chose to do each week. Caregivers should allow children to share what they choose to after a Godly Play session

GODLY PLAY AT NATIVITY:

  • Children in 3k-5k and grades 1-5 are invited to participate in Godly Play each week
  • Class will begin at 9:30 and end at approximately 11:00. *Please be mindful of the start time of 9:30, latecomers might potentially disrupt the Biblical story for the day
  • Children should be brought to the door of the classroom where they will be greeted by a Godly Play leader
  • There will be two Godly Play leaders present each week
  • Children can be picked up at the door of the classroom at 11:00 or they will be escorted into the church to find their parents
  • The focus of Godly Play is not on making products, so please do not expect paperwork or organized artwork to accompany your child
  • A small snack is giving during the “feast,” but please keep in mind that this is not substantial. The feast typically consists of water and a few pretzels or crackers, the idea is to mimic Communion

We look forward to spending time with your child in the Godly Play environment while learning and growing together. If there are questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Lindsay Powers (lpowers106@gmail.com, 662-466-1114)

Sunday School

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Sunday School

We invite all students ages 3k-12th grade to join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 for Sunday School!

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

Join us this Easter to celebrate our Risen Lord. An Easter Vigil service will be held Sunday, April 16th at 6am. Easter Day Services will be held at 8am and 10:30am. Please feel free to contact the church office if you have any questions at 662-453-7786.

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

Please join us for services this Holy Week. We’ll begin the week with Eucharist services at 12:05 on both Monday, April 11th and Tuesday, April 12th. We’ll continue with our regular mid-week Eucharist at 10:00am on Wednesday. On Maundy Thursday we’ll gather for the Holy Eucharist with foot washing and stripping of the altar at 5:30pm. At 12:05pm on Good Friday we’ll hear the Goody Friday Liturgy and at 1:00pm all are welcome to remain in the church for Stations of the Cross.

Posted by on Apr 9, 2017 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

Join us this year for our annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 15th at 3:00 p.m.

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Join us this Christmas Eve and Christmas day for Holy Eucharist to celebrate the birth of our Lord. On Christmas Eve, we’ll gather at 5:00 p.m. to hear special music and our Holy Eucharist, Rite II service will begin at 5:30 p.m. On Christmas morning, we’ll gather for a celebration of the Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 10:00 a.m.

 

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

Join us March 3-5, 2017 as we gather to learn and grow with the Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon, Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke University, former Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church, and for twenty years the Dean of the Chapel at Duke University. Dr. Willimon is a highly regarded preacher as well as the author of over seventy books and journal articles too numerous to count.

For more information regarding our weekend with Dr. Willimon, click here

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

Godly Play is Christian education that teaches the language of love, with love.  Children learn the language of faith and the stories of our faith in a nurturing, Montessori-style environment, making it both Christ-centered and Child-centered learning.  This program is open to all children from 3k to 4th grade.  Godly Play returns August 21st at 9:30am!  For more information, click here.

Posted by on Jun 5, 2016 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

The Nativity softball team continues its march to the postseason!  Saturday, August 13, we’ll gather at Hill View Baptist Church 23919 Highway 430 for a league-wide tournament to end the season.  Keep an eye on Facebook for game times!