Church news for July 2

SGUMC holds
vacation bible school

SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove United Methodist Church invites all children age 3 through fifth grade to “Galactic Blast: A Cosmic Adventure Praising God!” vacation Bible school.

Board the starship Galactic Praise to see our awesome universe and our awesome God in a whole new way. The fun begins from 6:15 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 12 through Friday, July 16 at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church located at 176 Main St. in Sugar Grove.

Each galactic mission includes a Bible story in the Good News Galaxy, along with science activities at the Orbital Observatory, music at Moons & Tunes, art projects at Cosmic Crafts, games at Rocket Rec. and a snack at the Astro Bistro.

To be a part of all the excitement at Galactic Blast: A Cosmic Adventure Praising God call the church office at (630) 466-4501 or visit sgumc.net.

Fox Valley
Jewish School launched

Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors (FVJN) announced a new education program for children ages 3 through teens. The program is designed to provide students with a positive Jewish identity, the ability to participate in Jewish life, and bar or bat mitzvah preparation, if desired.

The Fox Valley Jewish School is a community school and differs from educational programs offered by synagogues. The program is flexible and designed with the understanding that many of the students are from mixed faith families. There is less emphasis on religious practices and Hebrew and more emphasis on cultural identity.

The program includes classes for children in four age groups. No previous formal Jewish education is required for any of the classes.

Preschool-kindergarten
This age group will explore Jewish themes primarily through stories and crafts and focus largely on holiday celebrations and a light introduction to the Hebrew alphabet. This class will meet for one hour on two Sunday mornings each month.

Grades 1 and 2
This class will prepare the children to enter the more structured and educationally focused program for grades 3 and up. The students will begin more in-depth study of Jewish culture, history, traditions and the celebration of the holidays through the ages. This class will meet for one hour on two Sunday mornings each month.

Grades 3, 4 and 5
Students in this class will have four major areas of study: Bible; Ethics; History; and Prayer/Rituals. The material covered each year will vary so that students enrolled in the same class level for multiple years will learn new material. This class will meet from 4 to 6 p.m. on two Sundays each month.

Grades 6 and up
There is no upper age limit for this class. Students in this class will cover the same four major areas as the grades 3-5 class, in more depth and at a higher level. Students in this age group will also have the option to participate in the bar/bat mitzvah program. This class will meet from 4 to 6 p.m. on two Sundays each month.

B’nai Mitzvah Program
Students in grades 6 and up will have the opportunity to prepare for a bar or bat mitzvah. The goal is to enable the child and family to have an experience that is meaningful to them and also ensures that the child has achieved a level of understanding of Judaism.

B’nai mitzvah students will have to attend class on a regular basis for a minimum of one academic year; demonstrate proficiency by helping to lead a Friday night service; present a research project of Jewish content on a subject of interest to the student; and participate in mitzvah project (community service project).

Tuition
For pre-school through second grade: $125 for the first child and $100 for each additional child.

For third grade and up: $180 per year for the first child and $150 for each additional child.

No child will be turned away due to financial circumstances.

Teachers
Each class will be led by a paid instructor. Rabbi Fred Margulies will assist with those areas related to Hebrew, prayer and ritual. Guest instructors may be brought in to discuss specific topics. Anyone interested in a teaching position should contact FVJN at (630) 578-3375 or info@fvjn.org.

Location
All classes will be held at the FVJN building in Geneva or another nearby location.

Questions and Enrollment
Please contact FVJN at (630) 578-3375 or info@fvjn.org for more information or to request an enrollment form.

FVJN is a Jewish community group composed of Jewish individuals and interfaith families living in central Kane County and nearby towns. The goal of this group is to develop a cohesive Jewish community in the Fox Valley area for religious, charitable and educational purposes. Visit www.fvjn.org for information and upcoming events.

Union Church of North Aurora announces VBS

NORTH AURORA—Sunlight Nature Camp vacation bible school, presented by Covenant of Grace Church and Union Church will be from July 19 through July 23 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The camp is for children ages 5 through 11 and the cost is $1 per child. There will be Bible lessons, nature lessons, snacks, and arts and crafts with an ice cream social on Friday evening.

The church is located at 405 W. State St., North Aurora.

Call (630) 906-9661 to register.