In Matthew 19:14 Jesus says, “Let the little children come unto me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
We have a Connections Team that does a wonderful job of getting our adults involved. How do we teach our children about the love of Jesus and make them feel connected also? This is where Second Sunday comes in . . . we have an intergenerational worship service that includes the children the second Sunday of each month. The bulletin is different on Second Sunday, using lots of color. Children and youth participate by serving as readers, greeters and ushers. We have communion the second Sunday of the month, so the children come to the table with their families. There is more music, and usually there is a homily that includes questions to the children and youth.
Yesterday’s worship service was NOT a second Sunday, but it is a good example of how our congregation is intentional about continually reaching out to our children. Let me share three examples:
*Amy Gravino had time with children, and as always her presentation was excellent; she used visuals, kept the children’s attention (also the adults), and her message was clear and to the point.
*Then our Faith Formation Team, in promoting this year’s Vacation Bible School, has a very creative table set up in the Great Hall each Sunday that gets EVERYONE’S attention. Yesterday the “Yee Haw “ theme table had a red checked table cloth, a lasso, and rice crispy treats that looked like little hay bales with red licorice tied to look like lariats.
*We are so blessed to have Maggie Keegan as our nursery coordinator and all the moms who take turns helping in the nursery and during children’s church. The bulletin board outside the nursery shows how intentional we are in providing excellent care of your babies and toddlers.
So, I am so excited about our children’s ministry—I don’t know if I should say AMEN or Yee Haw!
I hope to see you THIS Sunday when our theme for Second Sunday revolves around the 23rd Psalm.
Have a blessed week