Children and Youth Ministry Update from Kelsey Creech, Resident Seminarian

January 8th,2021 Categories: Latest News

On Sunday January 3rd, the children and I read the Inclusive Language Translation of Matthew 2:1-12, about the astrologers who visited Jesus as a child and protected him from King Herod. We wondered aloud about the star the wise men followed, what Bethlehem might have looked like, and why King Herod was so disturbed at the news of Jesus’ birth.

After pondering why the wise men followed a star, the children arrived at answers of their own. They theorized that the star may have been chosen because its light was able to guide the magi in both day and night, because the star is high in the sky and very bright, so it can be seen and followed from far away, and because its presence in the sky points to the ways that God looks in on us from above. We also acknowledged God at work in and around us and selected some star-words to guide us for the year from this website, http://wordoftheyear.me/.

We prayed and sang and waved goodbye with a blessing, instructions to let our star words guide us during the week, and a promise that we would talk more about our words and how God was working through them next Sunday.

This week, I spent some time looking for new and exciting resources to use with our children, and I found the Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible. The illustration accompanying this piece is from its story about John the Baptist, which we’ll be reading this Sunday. We’ll be reading from this bible going forward.

On Sunday January 10th, I’ll take some time to introduce myself to the children more in depth. We’ll read the Story of John the Baptist in the Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible and wonder 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’ll talk about our star words, pray, sing and say goodbye with a blessing.

I’ll also be inviting the children to join the rest of the congregation at our Bloom with Community Event this week at 7 PM on Wednesday Jan. 13, where I’ll be sharing about my prayer practices. We’ll be talking about embodied spirituality, praying without ceasing, and allowing the Spirit to intercede with sighs too deep for words. Email Stephanie Wilson at swilson@parkavenuechristian.com for the link to that event.

It is a blessing to serve this congregation, and I’m grateful for every opportunity to learn and grow in your midst. I wish you all a warm weekend as we move through this wilderness together.

Joyfully yours,
Kelsey Creech, Resident Seminarian

(Illustration from Page 128 of The Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible)