Children and Youth Ministry Update from Kelsey Creech, Resident Seminarian  

February 12th,2021 Categories: Latest News
On Sunday February 7, the older students and I read Isaiah 40:21-31 in the Inclusive Language Bible, then discussed the passage. We situated this text in its time in Israelite history and spoke about what it meant for Isaiah to be speaking hope to these outcasts. We then spent time discussing the Holy Trinity, the Godhead and discerning what it means to “wait on God” (v. 31) when God is already inside us, contrasting this with what it would have been like to wait for Creator God to do some big act of saving.

At 10:30, the younger students and I gathered and read “Jesus Loves Kids” in our Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible. We learned about the moment where the disciples tried to keep young children away from Jesus, but Jesus told his disciples to “let the children come” to him. We discussed the reasons that Jesus would have been so busy and why the disciples would have wanted to keep the children from him, and how it might have felt to be held in Jesus’ arms and blessed by God.

The children began comparing Jesus to their parents, who live busy lives but always make time for them. After discussing how fortunate they were to have parents who showed Christ’s love to them in such a tangible way, we parted ways with a song and a blessing.

This Sunday, February 14, the older children and I will read Mark 1:40-45, and the younger children and I will read “Jesus Helps and Heals” in our Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible. We’ll discuss Jesus’ healing ministry, why Jesus asked that his miracle not be shared with others, and how Jesus’ healing ministry compares to the healing doctors do today. We’ll pray, sing, and say goodbye with a blessing.

As always, these children provide insight and fresh questions and perspectives on these scriptures. It is such a joy serve them and the wider Park Avenue Community.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Joyfully yours,
Kelsey Creech, Resident Seminarian

(Illustration from Page 153 of the Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible)