Children and Youth Ministry Update from The Rev. Francesca Fortunato

November 20th,2020 Categories: Latest News
Dear Park People,

On Sunday, November 15th, the Park Sunday school children read a Christian children’s story book, called “God Bless My Friends” (by Hannah C. Hall, with illustrations by Steve Whitlow.) I chose this book for them because the theme (that it’s a blessing to have friends who are different from oneself) seemed like a timely and appropriate idea to discuss, in our community. We talked about the various ways that our friends differed. Some friends were taller than most of their classmates, while others were shorter. There were friends who came from different parts of the world, or spoke different languages at home. Friends had a wide variety of skin tones, hair colors; eye colors. Some friends were going to school in person, while other friends were going to school online…

We said prayers together, to bless our friends, and give thanks to God for all of the wonderful differences, that make our friendships interesting and special!

In addition to thinking and praying about human friends, we (teachers and children alike) were happily distracted by the presence of a new canine friend, who had come to live with one of the children. Puppies are really fun to watch! Of course, we prayed for the puppy, too!

On Sunday November 22nd, the Sunday school children will be reading from the Doring Kindersley Illustrated Children’s Bible, pages 208-209, in a section titled “Daily Life In Jesus’ Time.” The children will learn how people dressed, worked, played, ate, and worshipped during the days when Jesus was growing up, and doing his ministry. We will think about what it would feel like, to live in that time and place, and will do dramatic play together, in order to bring our imagined experiences to life.

I just realized that Thanksgiving is next week! I’m remembering, so fondly, the special Thanksgiving-and-Receiving Swap Meet party that the children hosted, last November. I feel wistful, as I’m sure many of you do, about the fact that it’s not safe to celebrate in person at this time. Striving to keep the faith, hoping and praying for healthier; easier times ahead, and setting an intention to make the most and best of these opportunities for virtual connection, since they are what we have to work with. Onward!

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