Children and Youth Ministry Update from The Rev. Francesca Fortunato
Dear Park People,
On Sunday 1/13/19, the Park Sunday school children read the story of the baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17.) We disused some of the things that baptism can mean for people who follow Jesus today (joining the church, affirming devotion to Jesus; having a chance for a fresh start, after making mistakes.) We also focused on the expression of “great joy” that God spoke to Jesus on that day, and considered ways that we might be a part of God’s joy. (Children’s ideas included “Helping people,” “Being kind,” and “Making peace,” among others.)
For our creative response activity, we made a collaborative poster, filled with words and images about God’s joy.
On Sunday 1/20/19, the children will read the story of the Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11.) We’ll speculate what it must have felt like to be a guest at that wedding and witness the miracle of Jesus turning water into wine? What might you think about Jesus, if you saw that happen, tasted the wine; heard everyone talking about how amazing it was?
For our creative response, we will do dramatic improvisation on this story, acting the roles of Jesus, Mary, the servants, the wine steward, and the guests. By putting ourselves right into the story, we will, hopefully, gain some insight into what this first public miracle meant to the first followers of Jesus.
Blessings and joy to you!
Rev. Francesca Fortunato: Children’s Minister