Children and Youth Ministry Update from The Rev. Francesca Fortunato

September 19th,2019 Categories: Latest News
Dear Park People,

On their first Sunday school day of the new program year, the Park Sunday school children read Luke 17:5-10. Discussion focused on the idea that every person is precious to God, just as every coin was precious to the woman in the parable. We also shared some stories, from our own lives, of losing-and-finding, and how it felt to lose (then find) something important.

For their creative response, the children played a game, in which they hid pretend coins, for each other to find. The object was to help each other (by saying “warmer” or “colder”) and to rejoice loudly (as the woman’s friends did, in the lost coin parable) every time a coin was found. The children played the game enthusiastically; then decided it would be fun to hide coins for the adults to find! So, Ms. Laura, Ms. Glenda, and I, put our hands over our eyes, while the children hid coins for us to seek. They didn’t make it easy!

In the end, everyone had a pocketful of shiny coins to take home, as a reminder of both the fun, and the lessons learned (God cherishes every person, and we all win when we help each other.)

On Sunday 9/22, we will be reading Luke 16:19-31. Since the theme for that reading will be “listening in community,” we will discuss ways to be good listeners, and why that’s helpful to us, as a children’s ministry community. For our creative response, we will play the classic game of “Telephone,” in which each child will come up with a short, encouraging message to share with the others, passing it by whispering from one ear to the next, until the last child in the circle shares the message aloud (and we discover how close it is to the original message). As with our coin-searching game, this will be a cooperative, everyone wins, endeavor, and the aim will be to have fun while developing our listening skills.

Blessings, well wishes, and high hopes, as ever,
Rev. Francesca Fortunato: Children’s Minister