Children and Youth Ministry Update from The Rev. Francesca Fortunato

September 25th,2020 Categories: Latest News
Dear Park People,

On Sunday, September 20th, the children read Exodus 16, using The Beginner’s Bible. I asked them to take the Play-Doh out of their worship boxes, to use while listening to the story (encouraging them to make “food” with it, since the story was about God’s provision of food for the hungry Israelites.)

After the story, we talked about how we feel when we are hungry or thirsty, and how we feel, once our hunger or thirst has been satisfied. The children all said that being hungry or thirsty made them feel unhappy and impatient (I said, “Me, too!”) and one admitted to whining, when hunger caused those frustrated feelings.

Then, we talked about how happy, and thankful we feel, for good food and drinks. The children showed off the foods that they had created with their Play-Doh. There were hot dogs, veggie burgers, and (my personal favorite) a birthday pancake, with cherries on top, and a candle! The children’s food creations were all so realistic and appetizing, that they made me feel hungry! I told the children so, and expressed my thankfulness for good, real food, waiting for me in my kitchen.

On Sunday, September 27th, we’ll be reading Genesis 22:32-38, using the Doring Kindersley Children’s Illustrated Bible. I will ask the children to take out their paper and crayons, and draw pictures of close family members (since the story deals with the relationship between Jacob and his brother.) We will discuss the challenges of getting along with the people in our families and households, and exchange ideas about ways to make peace, forgive each other, and get along, as the people of God are all called to do.

By the time you read this, it will be autumn. I hope that all of you will find opportunities to revel in the beauty of this time. Bright colored leaves. Shiny apples. Warm, cozy sweaters. May the love of God warm your hearts toward each other, as the air grows colder, and the days shorter.

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