Children and Youth Ministry Update from The Rev. Francesca Fortunato

January 31st,2020 Categories: Latest News
Dear Park People,
This is my third January report since starting as Children’s Minister at The Park, which means that it’s my second anniversary in this position (I started on the second Sunday in January, 2018). Anniversaries are natural times for reflection, and, as I reflect on the last two years, there is so much cause for rejoicing. We have gone from being an itinerant Sunday school (sometimes even needing to rent spaces off site, due to the construction) to having a lovely, stable space in the Fellowship Hall, where the children’s art can be displayed, and there’s enough floor space for dancing, and active play.

A couple of children, who were just learning their letters and numbers when I started, are now able to take their turns reading the Bible stories aloud! And we continue to grow our friendships, becoming a true spiritual community.

We have been working throughout January on plans and preparation for our craft fair and bake sale to benefit Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital. On January 26th, the children had a sort of “craft-a-palooza,” looking through our art supplies together, and making a variety of items for the fair, including bracelets, notebooks, hair clips, door hangers…

In February, our readings will focus on the nature of God, and how we discover our personal theological understanding, by witnessing God’s work in the world, and our lives. Our creative response activities will have to do with the ways that God protects and provides for us (Psalm 23) what “love is” for us (1 Corinthians 13: 1-3), how we witness the “fruits of the Spirit” (Galatians5:22-23), and the ways that we can live as disciples of Jesus by doing good works (Ephesians 2:8-10). We’ll be singing, dancing, drawing, writing, playing, and crafting together, as we travel the holy road, with joy!

I hope that this is being a happy, healthy, and holy New Year for all of you, thus far, with warm hearts for cold days…

Blessings and well wishes as always,
Rev. Francesca Maria (Miriam): Children’s Minister