Children and Youth Ministry Update from The Rev. Francesca Fortunato

February 27th,2020 Categories: Latest News

Dear Park People,

On Sunday, February 23rd, the children read 1 Corinthians 12:14-28, in which Saint Paul discusses the diversity of spiritual gifts within the body of Christ. This led to a discussion of our own spiritual gifts (many of which manifest as talents used in the wider world) and the many ways that they bless us, and our community. The children mentioned the talents and skills that they enjoy using, which included sports (soccer, tennis; basketball) creative work (ballet; singing) and intellectual skills (chess; writing). They also brought up the things that we all can do, specifically as followers of Jesus in the world, which included helping others with their work, caring for and visiting people who are sick, and trying to help people feel better when they are sad.  For their creative response, the children had another free-choice crafting session, making items to sell at our craft fair. They made fans, bracelets, notebooks, ‘zines, decorated t-shirts, fancy headbands…

On March 1st, the children will prepare for Lent by reading Luke 4: 1-13, in which Jesus faces temptation  by Satan in the wilderness. We will talk about the ways that Jesus chose to use the power that God had given him, in good, helpful ways, and refused to use it in selfish, mean ways. How can we make good choices about using the power that God gives us? For their creative response, the children will do writing (poems, stories, or essays) using the prompt: “God gives me power to do good.”

May we all be inspired to make a holy Lent, remembering the adage that I have used as a motto for many years, which comes from the Spider Man comic books: “With great power, comes great responsibility.”

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