Children and Youth Ministry Update from The Rev. Francesca Fortunato
Dear Park People,
On March 10th, the Park Sunday school children read Luke 7:1-10, the story of Jesus healing the Centurion’s servant. Our discussion focused on the fact that the Centurion and Jesus were from different communities, and the ways that “strangers” can help each other, remembering that we are all one family in God. We recalled instances from our own lives, where we have either helped, or been helped by, a stranger. Some examples that we came up with included donating food, money, or blankets for people who were hungry or homeless, giving directions to people who are lost (or asking for directions when we’re the ones who need them), giving up a seat on the subway or bus to someone who needs it more than we do, and helping people who have fallen down and gotten hurt. For creative response, the children wrote out two lists; one about giving help, and the other about receiving help.
On Sunday March 17th, the children will read Luke 3:21-35, which is about the genealogy of Jesus, and the importance of knowing who we are, by looking at our family heritage. Discussion will revolve around the meanings of our given and family names, and how those names reflect our cultural histories, identities, and our membership in communities, as well as our individuality. For creative response, the children will celebrate the beauty of their own names, by writing them, graffiti-style, with fancy lettering, many colors, and whatever decorative touches they are inspired to include. Note to their adults: I will be away on the 17th, and Sunday school will be led by our wonderful teachers, Ms. Glenda and Ms. Laura.
Blessings, well wishes, and high hopes, as ever,
Rev. Francesca Fortunato: Children’s Minister