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STEPPING STONES PRESCHOOL – REGISTRATION 2021/22

STEPPING STONES PRESCHOOL

Registration for the 2021 – 2022 school year:

  • This year class assignments will be made using a lottery system, with priority given to church members, currently enrolled students, and siblings.
  • Please use the link below to fill out the application in Brightwheel. Once the form is submitted, you will receive an invoice for the Registration fee. The fee must be paid for your application to be considered.
  • Applications submitted by February 19, 2021 by 2:00 pm will be processed with priority given to church members, current students, and siblings. Applications received after February 19, 2021 will be processed on a first-come, first served basis.
  • Confirmation emails will be sent by Friday, February 26, 2021.
  • If we do not have a space available, the Registration Fee will be refunded.Otherwise, it is non-refundable.
  • Link to register:

 Below are the classes we plan to offer along with the tuition:

Three year olds:

One M/W/F class – $220/ month

Two T/TH classes – $150/ month

Four year olds:

Three M/W/F classes – $220/ month

One T/TH class – $150/month

One M -F class – $340/ month

The registration fee is $85 for one child and $60 for each additional child in the same family. The registration fee must be paid in order for your application to be considered.

If you are interested in scheduling a tour contact  Lisa at Lisa.steppingstones@gmail.com  704-455-3544.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry

From time to time we all go through difficult times when we could use a little support and help to get through.  Having someone to listen with compassion and offer support can be a difference makerThat’s one reason why Stephen Ministry is at Harrisburg UMC. 

Stephen Ministry is a system of caring ministry where members of a congregation are specially trained to provide one-to-one care to people who are facing a difficult or challenging time in their lives.  Stephen Ministry St Louis, a non-profit ministry organization headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is a transdenominational ministry that maintains a support network to Stephen Ministry congregations in the US, Canada, and 30 other countries around the world.  It is a distinctively Christiancaring ministry in which pastors and lay people work together to meet the needs of people within the church and community who are experiencing a wide range of life circumstances.  

The team of people who direct Stephen Ministry at Harrisburg UMC are called Stephen Leaders and were trained at a 7-day Leader’s Training Course taught by members of the Stephen Ministry Organization. Our current Stephen Leaders are Pastor Toni Ruth Smith, Pastor Richard Smith, Sandra Bilbro and John Lomonaco.  

Lay caregivers, called Stephen Ministers, who have spiritual gifts appropriate for caring ministry are trained by our Stephen Leaders. Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of training, learning principles and skills that equip them to provide high-quality, Christ-centered emotional and spiritual care to others.  Through training, they also gain insight into the thoughts, feelings, and actions of people who are hurting.  For whom are Stephen Minister’s trained to provide care?  Stephen Ministers care for people experiencing grief, separation or divorce, job related stress or loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, unplanned pregnancy, infertility, birth of a child, loneliness, military deployment, spiritual struggles and much more 

Our Stephen Ministers provide one-to-one, Confidential, Christ-centered care to help people, called Care Receivers, through many of life’s issues whether in times of transition or major life crises.  Stephen Ministers meet with their Care Receiver on a weekly basis in a private, confidential setting to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support.   

The joy that motivates our Stephen Ministers to commit to this ministry is based on serving Christ with their best gifts.  Our entire Stephen Ministry team is committed to helping individuals experience the support and concern they need for as long as they need it.  Through our commitment to care, it is our prayer that the hurting and vulnerable among us will experience the hope and healing that Jesus Christ offers. 

Contact Pastor Toni Ruth  should you be interested in receiving a Stephen Minister

Young Persons and Sunday School

School Begins Soon and We have a Place
for Your Young Person in Sunday School!!
August 25 is promotion Sunday, and that means we are gearing back up for regular Sunday school in the youth and children’s areas. We are excited for your young people to join us in Godly Play in the elementary-aged groups, for the 5 th and 6th  graders to be joining us for our Connect Sunday School Class in the Library, and the youth, grades 7 th  – 12 will be meeting in the youth room exploring a variety of topics and books in the Bible.
Our purpose in Sunday School is to do our part in providing basic education and understanding of our faith and all that it encompasses. It is an important piece of faith development and connection to the church. Another very significant piece of Sunday School is the connection of children and families to one another as a part of our connection to the body of believers and specifically the family of Harrisburg United Methodist Church. I want to invite all of you to come and join us in Sunday School, there is even an adult component and we definitely have a place for you!
A second and larger piece of helping your young person to develop a life long love and reliance on Jesus is you, the parent. You have the most influence on your children. You spend the most time with them and you have the most opportunity to help them grow and make faith decisions. We have a place for you too! Toni Ruth will be doing a parenting study in her class this fall, that will help equip you and encourage you as you raise your children. We also have a loving and caring community that will be there to support you when you need it. Come and join us in Sunday School and bring your whole family!
Pastor Richard
Questions contact Pastor Richard https://www.harrisburgumc.org/ or
call 704-455-2311

Promotion Sunday – August 25, 2019

Promotion Sunday – August 25th

Children ages 2 through the 4th grade and their parents are invited to the Fellowship Hall at 9:45 a.m. for a morning snack and fellowship.  At 10 a.m. the children will be lead to their classes by the teachers.

Preschoolers – ages 2 & 3 (Room 14)

Children ages 4 years old through the 4th grade will attend  Godly Play Classes.  (Room 7 & 8)

Godly Play Curriculum provides children the opportunity for spiritual development through storytelling, creative play, and community. 

5th & 6th graders (Room 2) use a curriculum called  Connect, which connects all the Godly Play story to a larger picture of God working in our world.

BackPack Blessing

Join us in Worship on August 25th at 9 am. or 11 a.m. We invite students, teachers, and school administrators to bring their backpacks to church to receive a blessing.
Backpacks contain work to be done, tools to complete homework. Notebooks, pencils, pens, protractors, compasses, crayons, rules, scissors, glue sticks and other items used for school work will find their way in and out of backpacks.
Some days, so much stuff will fill these backpacks that the student may find it difficult to walk. Other days, they will be light and nearly empty. But on each and every day, these backpacks represent the work required of the students, teachers, and administrator gathered here. And, as in every aspect of our life, we bring these before God for the blessing at this time.

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