Children and Youth Ministry Update from Kelsey Creech, Resident Seminarian

February 5th,2021 Categories: Latest News
On Sunday January 31st, the older students and I read 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 in the Inclusive Language Bible, then we discussed what meaning we find in these instructions from Paul and what we imagine the situation may have been at the Church in Corinth for Paul to write so much about eating food from sacrifices to false gods. We prayed and spoke about the difference between showing love to people and puffing ourselves up with knowledge to educate them.

At 10:30, the younger students and I gathered and read 1 Corinthians 8:1-3,6 in the New International Reader’s Version. We spent some time discussing God’s love for us and how knowledge that makes us proud is different from knowledge of God’s love and actually loving others. We spoke about ways we can love others this week and what we would say to our Church Community if we wrote a letter like Paul.

As we closed, one of our children asked me if God was “a made-up character.” We talked about this question for a while and it sparked our discussion questions for the week, which were:

How do you know that God is real?
How do you know that God loves you?

This Sunday, the older children and I will read Isaiah 40:21-31, and discuss the passage, the time in Israel’s history when it was originally spoken, and how we make meaning of it today. The younger children and I will read “Jesus Loves Kids” in our Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible, and discuss how knowing we are loved by Jesus and God makes us feel and what that love does. We will pray, sing, and say goodbye with a blessing.

The children here continue to teach me with their insight and wonder. It is a gift to journey alongside them.

Joyfully yours,
Kelsey Creech, Resident Seminarian

(Illustration from Page 189 of the Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible)