Children and Youth Ministry Update from The Rev. Francesca Fortunato

October 2nd,2020 Categories: Latest News
Dear Park People,

On Sunday, September 27th, the Park Sunday school children heard the story of Jacob’s struggle with God, and ultimate reconciliation with his brother, Esau (Genesis 32 – Doring Kindersley Illustrated Children’s Bible.) While listening, they used drawing materials from their worship boxes, to make pictures of their families (including themselves.)  During discussion time, we pondered the ways that the story reflected challenges in our own lives, around making peace with family members, with whom we had argued. The children gave examples of times when they had felt angry with siblings, parents, cousins; even the family dog! We thought of ways to find God’s peace in our hearts (praying; thinking about love) to help us find the strength and courage to give and receive forgiveness, as Jacob and Esau did.

On Sunday October 4th, we will return to The Beginner’s Bible, to read the story from Genesis 37, in which Joseph receives the “coat of many colors,” and gets sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. The children will design their own, beautiful; multi-colored coats, not only for themselves, but (thinking about people they love) for others. We will talk about how feelings of jealousy can get in the way of our love for friends and family, and brainstorm “win-win” solutions to situations in our lives, where those difficult feelings can arise.

May we all find God’s solace, and our own ways to seek peaceful victory!

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