Update from Rev. Francesca Fortunato, Children and Youth Ministry Leader
On Sunday, 9/16/18, the Park Sunday school children read Exodus 20: 8-11, which is about the commandment to keep Sabbath. None of the children had heard the word “Sabbath” before, so, we discussed the meaning of “Sabbath” and the things that make it different from other days of the week, along with reasons why it’s a blessing in our lives, as Christians. For our response activity, children made Sabbath “To-Do” lists (of things that are good to do on the Sabbath) and “Don’t-Do” lists (of things that aren’t good to do on the Sabbath.) The children also illustrated their lists with pictures of people engaging in Sabbath “dos” and “don’ts”.
On September 23rd, we will read Mark 9:33-37, in which Jesus teaches the disciples, among other things, that children can be wonderful servants of God. We will talk about ways that children can serve God (maybe some things that children can even do better than adults can?) Our response activity will be to make notebooks, in which to write down (or draw) our ideas about ways to serve God. The children won’t fill them up completely during Sunday school, but will leave room to add to them at home, during days and weeks-to-come.