A VERY MERRY XKL
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2
Rockingham Christian Church will kick off the Christmas season on Saturday, December 2, with A Very Merry XKL family celebration. We invite EVERYONE to join in as we kick off the Christmas season with a fun evening of songs, skits, cookies, a Christmas photo booth and more. The evening will be hosted by the dynamic duo of Mr. Chris and Miss Amy D. We are excited to feature some new, young cast members to the Clubhouse gang and new dancers to the dance team. We will sing and dance to some of our favorite Christmas carols sung in fun, new ways. The evening will be topped off with cookie decorating, hot cocoa and a Christmas photo booth. If you ask nicely, Miss Amy D. might even pose for a few photos with you! We hope you will join us and bring a friend to ring in the Christmas season!
Rockingham Christian Church is going camping!! Woohoo!
SAVE THE DATE & MAKE YOUR RESERVATION NOW!
Place: Seven Maples Campground (Hancock, NH)
Dates: August 19-21, 2016
Cost: $38 per night (one household per campsite)
Call TODAY: 603-525-3321 (The Grove Campsites are being held for us)
This is always a highlight of the summer for every family that attends. It’s a great time to get to know each other better, let the children play together, build lasting bonds, take pictures of people with morning bedhead, enjoy campfires, and share meals — just enjoying the beauty of God’s creation and making memories together.
This camp offers a brand new pool with water slides, nearby hiking trails up Mount Monadnock, fishing, kayak rentals, and nice wooded campsites. Check it out at: http://www.sevenmaples.com
Please send Gail Martin an email once you’ve made your reservation, so she can plan on your participation and send you future email communication!
Thanks for all who helped make the 2016 Salem Community Egg Hunt a success! It’s hard to believe we’ve been doing this for 15 years now!
Below, you will find a quick recap video of this year’s event. Feel free to share it with others!
Dozens of households have attended Financial Peace University at Rockingham Christian Church over the past several years. Dave Olsen and Jeff Peterson have facilitated this life-changing course that has helped people to gain control over their finances as opposed to allowing their finances to control them.
We are now excited to offer a course for parents to help children begin making wise decisions regarding finances at a younger age.
Who: Parents w/children age 3 through college-age
What: Dave Ramsey’s (Financial Peace University) new class for parents who want to teach their children to work hard, save wisely, and give generously.
When: 6-week course starting Sunday, February 14, and ending Sunday, March 20 (1:00-2:30 PM)
Where: Rockingham Christian Church
Cost: $75/family includes materials and childcare
Watch this clip from Dave Ramsey and his daughter, Rachel Cruze, for more information on content.
For every family, the Christmas season has its traditions. As our children were growing out of the crazy, survival-mode infant and toddler years, we began to settle into some traditions.
The Snyder Family Christmas morning consists of three gifts for each person and a stocking full of goodies. The three gifts fall in three categories: something valuable ($$), something practical (usually clothing), and something spiritual. The third category, something spiritual, has us constantly on the lookout for what we believe each child needs to help them grow closer to God in the coming year.
We also write a blessing to each child that accompanies this gift and we read it to them after opening it (more on this in a future blog post). Here are a few of the spiritual gift ideas we have explored and/or given over the years:
- The Rhyme Bible (ages birth – 3 years)
- Read With Me Bible (ages 3 – 5 years)
- 100 Bible Stories/100 Bible Songs (ages 3 – 6 years)
- Adventure Bible Storybook (ages 4 – 7 years)
- Day-by-Day Begin to Read Bible (6 – 7 years)
- Jesus Storybook Bible (ages 4 – 8 years)
- Day-by-Day Kid’s Bible (ages 8 – 11 years)
- The Story For Children (various ages)
- The Action Bible (great for elementary-age boys)
- Any NIV or NIrV Study Bible for girls/boys/teens
- Bedtime Blessings by John Trent (preschool and young elementary)
- God and Me! (Girls, various age-appropriate additions available)
- Gotta Have God! (Boys, various age-appropriate additions available)
- Stand Up (elementary)*
- Over the Fence (elementary)*
- Know God (one for elementary kids and one for teens)*
- Wired (middle and high school)*
- Live Free (middle and high school)*
*Book available at Orangestore
(to read with your child)
- By John Trent
- I’d Choose You! (ages 3-7)
- The Treasure Tree (ages 4-11)
- The Two Trails (ages 5-10)
- By Jennie Bishop
- The Squire and the Scroll (elementary)
- The Princess and the Kiss (elementary)
- The Garden Wall (elementary)
A VERY MERRY XKL
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6
9:00 | 10:15 | 11:30
Rockingham Christian Church will kick off the Christmas season on Sunday, December 6, with A Very Merry XKL during all three of our Sunday morning gatherings. We invite EVERYONE to join us as we ring in the Christmas season with a refreshing approach to celebrating God’s gift to the world, Jesus.
We’ll feature the joyful expectation yet comforting peace that God offers when take time to focus on the true meaning of Christmas. While this morning will have several of XKL’s typical elements, it will also include an extended time of worship through the singing of Christmas carols, Communion, offering and some words from Tom Gerdts on how we can all make the most of the Christmas season by focusing on the right things.
Pray about who God is leading you to invite to this very special Christmas gathering at RCC! Invitation cards will be available Sunday for you to use in inviting your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.
Take the time to listen to this wisdom-filled response to technology for parents through the phases.
- Enjoy technology WITH your preschooler!
- Explore the creative possibilities WITH your elementary student!
- Collaborate on a plan WITH your middle schooler and use technology as a training ground!
- Expand your high schoolers freedom while helping them to advance their future WITH technology!
Join us for a 6-week study of Dr. Emerson Eggerichs’ Love and Respect on Friday’s, beginning January 9 from 6:30-8:00 PM. Come learn the secret to a successful marriage. Whether you are hoping marriage will be in your future, engaged, newlyweds, in the throws of marriage and parenting, or a seasoned married couple, this study is for you. Don’t worry; you will not have to bare your soul or share any of your secrets. We simply want to expose you to two key concepts that must be practiced for a successful marriage.
The cost is $20/couple or $60/couple needing childcare.
Sign-up today at the Information Center or by e-mailing Amy Snyder.
UPDATE: If you have not gotten a return email, please still show up. We are having issues with our email.
RCC families, their guests and friends of RCC will enjoy a fun night of Trunk or Treating, a little prequel to Halloween.
Trunk or Treat: Adults and kids alike are invited to dress up in their best (non-scary) costume and decorate their candy-filled trunks (Yes, there will be a contest!) to create a fun and inviting environment for kids to collect their treats.
Saturday, October 25 @ 4:30 PM: If you are decorating a trunk, please plan to arrive a little early to be ready for a 4:30 PM start time.
RCC Parking Lot, 5 Industrial Way in Salem, around the back of the building
FUN! FUN! FUN! A great opportunity for RCC families to invite friends and neighbors to meet their church family and check out RCC’s unique ministry center. Or, if you’ve always just wanted to visit RCC, come join us!
We will be able to pull off this fun night with the help of all the RCC families decorating their trunks and providing candy for all the little Trunk or Treators.
E-mail Amy Snyder with any questions.
Hi, Youth Group Parents!
As some of you know but some of you may not know, we have a monthly group for parents of the students in the youth group. This is a great place for parents navigating the sometimes rough waters of parenting teens to find support, ask questions and learn more about what students are discussing in youth group.
The month of March is a particularly important time for parents to really engage in what their student is discussing in youth group. The topic is Dating & Sex. Of course, this will be handled delicately and age-appropriately with all the different ages represented in youth group. We are also very hopeful that many of you have already begun conversations with your teens about this topic.
We would love to continue partnering with you by having you attend the March Youth Group Parent Gathering, Sunday, March 2. You are welcome to join us from 6-7 PM to worship and learn alongside your student. The parents will then pull away for a discussion time from 7-8 PM. We hope to see you then!
Also, we would love for you and your teen to join RCC as we attend the Worth It conference on April 5 in Greenland, NH. This one-day event brings in great speakers, including professional athletes, to talk to you and your students about dating and saving sex for marriage. Find out more on the RCC Student blog.