Children and Youth Ministry Update from Kelsey Creech, Resident Seminarian

January 15th,2021 Categories: Latest News

 

On Sunday January 10th, the children and I read the story of John the Baptist in the Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible. The children took turns reading the story out loud as I screen-shared the text and pictures so we could all see clearly. Then, we spent time wondering out loud about the ways John the Baptizer survived in the wilderness, why people were being baptized, and why John was so surprised when Jesus asked John for a baptism.

We also spent time thinking about what baptism means and talking about their understanding of baptism and confirmation. We prayed, we sang, we spent some time getting to know each other better, and we took time to remember the words we chose to guide us through the year. Then we said goodbye with a blessing and a promise that they would get to meet my dog, Scout, next Sunday.

This coming Sunday, January 17th, we’re changing things up a bit. Beginning at 10 AM, I’ll meet with the older children (4th grade and above), and we’ll read the same scripture the adults are reading in the Inclusive Language Translation. We’ll talk about it and there will be space to ask plenty of questions. Then, at 10:30 AM when we all join the conversation, we’ll go through with Sunday School as normal and read the Book, God’s Dream by Archbishop Desmund Tutu. We’ll talk about our weeks, pray, sing and say goodbye with a blessing. And, as promised, they will get to meet Scout.

I am grateful to have the privilege of walking alongside the children of Park Avenue in this special way. They are a gift to this community, and this community, overflowing with love and faith, is a gift to each of them.

Joyfully yours,
Kelsey Creech, Resident Seminarian

(Illustration from Page 27-28 of God’s Dream)