Children and Youth Ministry Update from The Rev. Francesca Fortunato

October 16th,2020 Categories: Latest News
Dear Park People,

On Sunday, October 11th, the Park Sunday School children read Psalm 133, and “played with” the text in various ways, which included re-phrasing the non-inclusive language in the first line (one child suggested that we change “brothers” to “siblings”) as well as making up tunes to sing the words, and chanting them, accompanied by improvised percussion instruments (I used two wooden spoons; a couple of the children used rocks.)

We then discussed the concept of “living together in unity,” while the children used the Wiki Stix from their worship boxes, to create images of unity. When I asked the children, “Why is it good for people to live together in unity?”, they said “So people will get along with each other,” and also “To have more money.” (Digging into that last one, what emerged, was the idea that people have more money when they live together, and share. Answers like that one are part of what makes children’s ministry so fascinating. Sometimes, the most “spiritual” questions receive the most practical answers, which are, in their own way, particularly spiritual!)

On October 18th, we’ll be reading Exodus 1 (from the Beginner’s Bible) in which God sends plagues on Egypt in response to Pharoah’s oppression of the Israelites. Since children tend to be fascinated by the creatures in this story, our discussion will focus on why it might be a bad thing to experience a “plague of frogs”, for instance, even though most people like frogs. Beyond that, we will also think about how hurting others (as Pharoah did) can bring harm on us, too (that being the deeper meaning of the story, beyond the frog-and-locust details!) Using the Play-Doh from their Worship boxes, to “think with their hands,” the children will be encouraged to create images from the story, as they see it in their minds.

Oh, how good and pleasant it is, to live together in unity, with the wonderful children of our Park Avenue Christian Church community!

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