Children and Youth Ministry Update from The Rev. Francesca Fortunato

October 30th,2020 Categories: Latest News
Dear Park People,

On Sunday, October 25th, our Sunday school community read the Exodus story of Moses and the burning bush, using our Beginner’s Bible. We talked about the importance (and, sometimes, difficulty) of finding the courage to stand up for justice (as Moses did.) I also pointed out that Moses admitted to his fear and asked for help, which also took courage, and was good, in his case, because his brother, Aaron, was able to help him in the quest to liberate his people.

While drawing pictures of the burning bush, we talked about standing up for freedom, fairness, and kindness. Somehow (I didn’t raise the subject) our elections came up. Children know that this is an important event for their adults, and they also feel the sense of urgency around it. They are excited, and wish that they could vote, too.  For me, it was an important reminder that we are teaching children, constantly, through our actions, attitudes, and the ways that we talk about what’s going on in the world.

On Sunday, November 1st, we (myself and the teachers, as well as the children) will wear our Halloween costumes to Sunday school. Not for any “teaching” reason, but, simply, because costumes are fun, and it will give our children the chance to share that fun with their Sunday school friends.

Our lesson will be from the book of Revelation (7:7-12) in which the angels sing praises to God. We’ll be using the Doring Kindersley Illustrated Children’s Bible for that one, because that particular translation, and the accompanying illustrations, make the poetic qualities of Revelation fairly accessible for children. We’ll be talking about angels (where they appear in the Bible, what their missions and messages seem to be about; what other things we’ve heard about angels.) For our creative response, the children will make cut-out paper angels, which might end up appearing on some Christmas trees, a few weeks later…

Seeking peace, freedom, justice-with-mercy, joy, and celebration in these dazzling days, and thankful to be in it with the children…

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