Children and Youth Ministry Update from The Rev. Francesca Fortunato

July 3rd,2020 Categories: Latest News
Dear Park People,
On Sunday June 28th, the Park Sunday school children read Paul’s letter on love (1 Corinthians 13) and talked about love (things they love; people they love) as a way to get acquainted with Rev. Cara Gilger, who will be leading the summer children’s program, and was on our Blue Jeans meeting. They showed Rev. Cara their favorite toys and art work; talked about the things that they enjoy doing. Rev. Cara told the children about life in Texas, where she lives (it’s even hotter there than it is here!) as well as her own children, and her dog. All in all, this summer program, which will be a new experience for the Park Sunday school children, seems set to be an interesting and enjoyable way to keep them connected with the church, and each other, during July and August.

During the summer, I will be working on plans for the 2020-21 program year, ordering new children’s Bibles, Christian books, and supplies, while striving to create greater variety for the program, as online church continues to be our new normal. I also plan to stay in contact with the community, by participating in the worship service on Facebook (as I have been doing since March) and conversing by email with other members of the pastoral staff.

My wife, Lynn, and I, have no plans for travel outside the city this summer, beyond short day trips to visit close family members in Westchester county and the Catskills (meeting outdoors,  masked, and avoiding the hugs which would have been part of such visits with nieces, nephews, and cousins in the pre-pandemic days.) It feels a bit weird, but we are glad that we’ll be able to have, at least, some in-person conversation with our dear ones, and widen our horizons, just a little bit, as New York continues Phase 2/3 re-opening. We are thankful for our health, and the blessings of love; doing our best to stay informed, while living our faith, one day at a time.

My hopes and prayers are with all of the children and adults at The Park, for health and safety, peace and joy!

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