T.O.W.N. (Grades 1-5)

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 If you have not had a child participate in TOWN before,

please take the time to read through the entire page.

 

TOWN SCHEDULE FOR 2019-2020

 

SEMESTER DATES:    September 18—December 11 (12 Weeks)  No TOWN on Nov. 27

January 8—March 4  (8 Weeks) No TOWN on Ash Wednesday Feb. 26

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3:45 – 3:50  Gathering Time and Announcements

3:50 – 4:25  1st & 2nd Grade-Crafts/Recreation / 3rd,

4th, & 5th Grades-Worship Skills 

4:25 – 5:00  1st & 2nd Grades-Worship Skills / 3rd, 4th,

and 5th Grades-Crafts/Recreation 

5:00 – 5:30  Bible Study for all Grades

5:30 – 6:30  Dinner

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  WHAT IS T.O.W.N.?

T.O.W.N. (Together On Wednesday Nights) is an after school program at Yorkfield Presbyterian Church for children in grades 1-5 that meets on Wednesday afternoons from September through March. TOWN is a place where church is fun and everyone matters. It offers a weekly opportunity for your child to develop relationships with other children, with the church staff, and with believers from a wide variety of ages. TOWN teaches that belief in Jesus Christ extends beyond Sunday morning, that the Christian life can be filled with joy and even silliness, and that everyone in the church is part of a believer's family.

 

TOWN IS NOT CHURCH. It does not replace regular attendance at Sunday worship, but is an extension of worship, Sunday school, and personal Bible study. TOWN ENHANCES AND EXPANDS CHURCH into the week, into inter-generational relationships, and into daily life.

 

TOWN is a FULL FAMILY ACTIVITY. Your participation in the program extends beyond your child's regular attendance. You, the parent, are a key component in TOWN's success. You'll read more about that later on this page.

 

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Components of the program include:

 

    

THE PURPOSE OF TOWN

T.O.W.N. harnesses the power of relationship to teach faith. We seek to make these things happen in the life of your child:

 

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 THE PHILOSOPHY

TOWN is a unique program with a philosophy that permeates every activity. Here are the basic concepts that make up the philosophy:

REGISTRATION AND TUITION

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Program Fees for the full year are $125 per child.

Adults staying for dinner hour are asked to pay a small fee: Dinner for the full year is $60 or $3 per meal


In special cases scholarship funds are available. Finances should never prevent a child from being part of TOWN. You may contact Pastor Matt in complete confidentiality if you wish to request financial assistance.

Deadline for forms to be returned to the church office is August 31, 2019.

All parents must be signed up for the required three volunteer nights by the end of the first night.  The sign-up page link will be sent to you once you register.


 

PARENT PARTICIPATION

T.O.W.N. is about relationships. It is about children developing relationships with other adults, those in ministry, their peers, and parents. As such, the program simply cannot run without the full participation of all involved families.

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EVERY FAMILY MUST VOLUNTEER ON SITE A MINIMUM OF THREE TIMES PER SEMESTER. FAMILIES WITH MULTIPLE CHILDREN IN THE PROGRAM MAY BE ASKED TO VOLUNTEER MORE THAN THREE TIMES PER SEMESTER.

We have created on-site volunteer programs to meet the needs of both working parents and parents who are at home with their children. Childcare is available for those volunteers who have young children not in the program. The volunteer sheet will be posted at church. You may also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to sign up.

 

ARRANGEMENTS FOR VISITORS

Children in the T.O.W.N. program may invite visitors. So that dinner arrangements, craft supplies, etc. can be made, you MUST call the church office by noon on Monday to make a reservation. Upon arrival at the church, the visitor should check in with the Registrar. We ask that the visitor pay $3.00 to cover the cost of dinner.

 

BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS

We are all, young and old, Children of God and deserve to be treated with love and respect. Parents are encouraged to help their children understand the importance of TOWN 2017-18-8courtesy and respect in their relationships with teachers, the pastor, their peers, and all others involved in the T.O.W.N. Program. Discipline is most effective when the basic set of rules are easily understood by the adults and children. The best rules are realistic for the age group and specific. Basic rules include:

Safety for self and others: 

♦ No running, unless it is supervised  

♦ No dangerous horseplay  

♦ No hurting of others.

Respect for others:

Every person is a Child of God and deserves to be treated that way.

Be courteous to others                                             

Refrain from inappropriate language

Use proper table manners and eating habits. 

Talk when it is appropriate, don't interrupt.

Teachers are people too and deserve full respect.

Keep your hands to yourself.

Respect the handiwork and property of others

Respect other's personal space.

Observe proper manners...Please and Thank you

General Orderliness:

The signal for quiet is a raised hand. 

Walk between classes.

Arrive on time.

Hang up your things.

Clean up when you are finished. 

Respect the church property

The children are expected to arrive 15 minutes early in order that classes may start on time. The full allotted time for each activity is necessary for all to benefit.

During Christian Family Dining Hour, all participants are expected to :

Be courteous - Please and Thank you are mandatory.

Exhibit proper table manners and eating habits.

Take only as much food as you can eat and eat it all.

Remain seated at your assigned table unless your table parent or dinner dean has given you permission to move around.

 

STARTING TIMES AND TRANSPORTATION

TOWN will not be able to supervise children before 3:45. PLEASE DO NOT DROP OFF YOUR CHILD BEFORE 3:45—THERE MAY BE NO ONE IN THE CHURCH TO SUPERVISE THEM. We will be happy to help you make cooperative arrangements with other parents if drop off times present a problem.

If your child is sick or will not be attending T.O.W.N., please let the church know by 2:00pm.

   

CONFLICT WITH OTHER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Young people are often involved with school athletic programs or other extra-curricular activities during particular times of the year. Sometimes these activities come in conflict with T.O.W.N. participation. As much as possible, parents should try to avoid these scheduling conflicts. However, if unavoidable, arrangements can be made for continuing participation in the T.O.W.N. program.

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HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD IN T.O.W.N.

Insist upon regular attendance on T.O.W.N. day, special choir rehearsals, Sunday morning worship (especially when your child is scheduled to participate in worship), and Sunday School.

Discuss with your child what he/she has learned at T.O.W.N.. What they have enjoyed and had fun at, and what they disliked or are having problems with.

Encourage and participate in regular prayer and Bible readings at home. It is not easy to establish this habit, but a regular time set aside each day will help. At meal time or just before bed often prove to be the times most easily kept.

Give your willing participation and service as needed. The time given in T.O.W.N. is a vital service to the Lord and to our youth. If you cannot participate on a regular basis, we ask that you commit at least three evenings during the T.O.W.N. year.

Stress the importance of courtesy and good behavior at T.O.W.N.. An important rule is that everyone is a child of God and should be treated with the same respect.

Arrange for prompt payment of the T.O.W.N. tuition. This helps to ensure that we can continue to provide the meals, books and other resources required for T.O.W.N..

 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. My child has so much homework. Doesn't that conflict with a week night program?

T.O.W.N. closes at 6:30 p.m. It is our experience that homework can still be completed before bedtime. We all need to establish priorities in our lives and make disciplined time for those things we count as important. Both the T.O.W.N. Program and the giving of homework strengthen that philosophy.

2. Can't we do away with dinner and save time, trouble and money?

To have only part of the program destroys the effectiveness of the whole. The value of T.O.W.N. is not so much the individual activities offered, but the total program of growing relationships in a Christian community. The breaking of the bread together plays a vital role in building these relationships.

3. Does every child have to be in choir?

Yes. This is a wonderful way our children can experience giving of themselves to God and to the church. Choir members have a unique opportunity to learn about praise, and to really feel a part of worship.

4. Why does my child have to come on Sunday too?

T.O.W.N. is not just a social club. We are trying to help our children become disciples for Christ and to feel valued as part of a supportive community. Much of what we do on Wednesdays culminates on Sundays. A child who helps prepare for the worship service, but doesn't participate on Sunday, feels left off the "team."

5. Why not have the whole program on Sunday, then?

There is a real value in mid-week activity. It illustrates that religion and Christian community are not separate from daily living, but an integral part of every day. This has meaning to young people -- most of their major activities take place on weekdays during the school year. Too often the message our children receive is that religion is reserved for an hour on Sunday mornings only.

6. But doesn't T.O.W.N. compete with Sunday Church School?

No, experience shows Sunday School is enhanced by the T.O.W.N. Program. The children come to Sunday School as better friends, with a better background to add to class participation. They also develop more of a willingness to be open and to share within their Christian community.

7. My child is involved in after-school activities on Wednesdays. Can (s)he come to only part of the program?

Athletics and other extra-curricular activities are of real value to your child, as is T.O.W.N.. It is suggested that (s)he make up as much work as possible that is missed, coming to T.O.W.N. as soon as is feasible on Wednesdays. Most programs do not run the entire year and full T.O.W.N. participation can be resumed following the "season".

8. Why must I, as a parent, actively participate in the T.O.W.N. Program?

The T.O.W.N. staff is wholly volunteer; part-time service by a large number of people is essential to keeping the large number of activities going. More important, however, is the powerful effect your presence and visible support have on your children. What you show to be important to you, becomes important to them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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