Children and Youth Ministry Update from The Rev. Francesca Fortunato

September 18th,2020 Categories: Latest News
Dear Park People,

On Sunday, September 13th, Rev. Cara and I led the children’s worship and lesson together, with me leading the children’s liturgy, and Rev. Cara reading the Bible story (Genesis 50: 15-21, plus some of the backstory about Joseph’s mistreatment by, and ultimate reconciliation with, his brothers.)  We  all talked about times in our own lives, when we had done unkind things, and needed others to forgive us, as well as those times when we were the ones being asked to forgive those who had harmed us. The children mentioned conflicts with siblings, cousins; schoolmates. They agreed that forgiving (and asking forgiveness) could be hard but (in the words of one child) “Worth it, because it’s very important.”

It was good to see the children’s faces again, and notice how much they had grown over the Summer. We got to do some catching up on each other’s lives, and I was pleased to learn that many of them had (even under the challenging pandemic circumstances) been able to swim, play outside, and have some fun adventures. They felt sad to say goodbye to Rev. Cara, but she assured them that she would keep in touch, and talked about visiting New York at some point in the future, when it would be safe to travel and be together in person. We thanked her for all of her wonderful work with the summer Sunday school, and let her know that we would keep her, and her family, in our prayers.

Next Sunday, we’ll be reading from the book of Exodus (12:3-6) using one of the new children’s Bibles that I ordered over the summer: The Beginner’s Bible, published by Zonderkidz (the children’s imprint of Zondervan.) I’m excited to start using that bible (as well as the other new ones) with the children. I love the illustrations, which capture wonderful facial expressions, bringing out the emotions of the characters in the stories. Reading from that bible makes my own inner child happy, and I expect that our Park Sunday school children will have great fun with it.

I hope that all of you have stayed healthy and safe over the summer, and that you are finding hope and inspiration, in church and your other communities, for the challenges and opportunities that will arise for us in this new program year.

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