Children and Youth Ministry Update from Kelsey Creech, Resident Seminarian

February 26th,2021 Categories: Latest News
On Sunday, February 21, Pastor Kaji and Rev. Stephanie led the Children’s Ministry as I was at a wedding. Pastor Kaji and the older students read Genesis 9:8-17 in their Inclusive Language Bible and Rev. Stephanie and the younger students read “Noah” in their Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible.

I’m told the conversations were fruitful, that they discussed the Rainbow as a symbol of God’s presence, considering how often they saw rainbows and taking with them the knowledge that when they wanted to feel God’s presence, they could look for, or draw, or even just think about a rainbow. They prayed, sang, and said goodbye with a blessing.

As we turn our eyes towards the cross in this season of Lent, we will begin a short series with our children. Together, we will walk the week of time between Palm Sunday and the Crucifixion, and then, on Palm Sunday, we will revisit the celebration, keeping in mind all that is about to happen.

On Sunday February 28th, our older children will meet at 10 AM, and we will read Luke 19:28-44, one recounting of Palm Sunday. This marks the beginning of the series. We will spend the next five weeks reading a selection of scriptures from Luke 19-23 in an effort to understand all the events following Palm Sunday that lead up to and give context for Easter Morning. My hope is that this slower pace will allow us to really understand the order and significance of each piece of this section of Jesus’ journey to the cross.

Our younger children will follow this same storytelling structure. This Sunday, we will read the first section of “Jesus’ Last Days” in our Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible. Following this, we will read one section of this story a week until it is finished, then on Palm Sunday, we will re-read the whole story, putting all the pieces together and preparing ourselves for Easter. As always, we will pray, sing, and say goodbye with a blessing.

I’m looking forward to being back in Worship with you all this Sunday!

Joyfully yours,
Kelsey Creech, Resident Seminarian

(Illustration from Page 197 of the Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible)