Children and Youth Ministry Update from The Rev. Francesca Fortunato
Dear Park People,
During March 2019, the Park Sunday school children did scripture lessons and activities focused on the many ways that the teachings of Jesus inspire us to love ourselves, families, friends, and even people we have never met! Our activities included Transfiguration self portraits (seeing ourselves in new light), creative writing about giving and receiving help, creating decorative graffiti using our own names (inspired by Luke 3, on the genealogy of Jesus) and dramatic play expressing the feelings around getting lost and being found (The Prodigal Son).
In April, we will be getting ready to celebrate Holy Week and Easter, starting in our newest temporary Sunday school location (the spacious gym/auditorium at St. Ignatius school, which they are, kindly, lending to us free of charge). On April 7th, we will read John 12:1-8, and discuss the ways that love for God and other people can make us want to give, generously, as Mary did, when she anointed Jesus with expensive perfume. We will then use our beautiful beads, to make gifts of love for the dear ones in our own lives.
The following two Sundays, Palm Sunday and Easter, the children will be in the service with me and their teachers. On Palm Sunday, they will participate by giving out palms, and some of them will also have recorded readings, for the congregation to hear. On Easter Sunday, after service, there will be an Easter egg hunt in the sanctuary!
On the last Sunday in April (the 28th) we will be back in the St. Ignatius gym, reading John 20:19-29 (the post-resurrection presence of Jesus) and will discuss what we imagine might happen, if Jesus showed up in our Sunday school. For their creative response activity, the children will take turns acting the role of Jesus, and saying/doing those things that they imagine Jesus saying and doing, with us, in our place and time.
The Park Sunday school children continue to delight and inspire me with their kindness, creativity, and growing faith. I look forward to sharing all of April’s celebrations with them.
Blessings, well wishes, and high hopes, as ever,
Rev. Francesca Fortunato: Children’s Minister