An update on the Children and Youth Ministry, from Rev. Francesca Fortunato
On February 25th, the Sunday school children read the story of The Last Supper, and discussed the sadness of Jesus’ betrayal, and how hard it was for the early disciples to accept the truth that there were people who wanted to hurt – even kill – their beloved friend and teacher. I had chosen this story to illuminate part of what it is that we do – as today’s disciples of Jesus – during Lent. We remember those sad parts of the story, as a way of doing what Jesus asked the first disciples “in memory of me.” Because good friends are together for the hard, sad, and scary times, as well as the joyful celebrations, there can be no Easter without Lent. We then made prayer journals, to take home and fill with prayers (written, drawn, or both) that come from what is in our hearts during this season.
On March 4th, we will read John 2:13-22, about Jesus driving the money-changers out of the Temple. We will read this story from our Good News Bible, which has no illustrations. The children will be asked to picture the intensely dramatic scene in their minds, and then draw their own pictures of it. While doing so, we will have a round-table discussion about ways to honor God in our sacred spaces, and what sorts of actions are not appropriate or helpful in those spaces, including the sanctuary and children’s ministry room, here at The Park.