Children, Youth, and Families…
and All of Us Cousins, Grandparents, Aunts/Uncles in Faith
This coming Sunday, June 4, is our Church School Celebration Sunday, and we’ll be honoring some significant life passages—I only wish we had a baptism this week to round it all out (but those will have to wait for June 18 and 25). Children in grades 3-5 will receive a Bible from us, their community of faith, and families with younger children will receive a Story Bible. Our church will acknowledge the transition of those moving from elementary to middle school, and our high school graduates will be named and honored. After worship (before the Wear Orange Day event at 11:30), we’ll celebrate all of these—as well as the youth and adult volunteers who have shepherded church school ministries throughout the year—with some goodies in the Social Hall. Please come and share your appreciations as part of their family of faith!
For those of you who are in any of those groups—or if your children/grandchildren are—please know you are part of this because you’re part of our community. You don’t need to have attended church school all year; there are no parameters for being acknowledged in these ways, except that you’d like to be part of it!
In chapter 16 of Paul’s letter to the Romans, Paul greets 28 people. He speaks their names and says things like, “Greet Prisca and Aquila,” and “Greet my beloved Epaenetus.” Over and over Paul specifically names people, acknowledging them in the church community. It’s significant when we are named and remembered. It’s meaningful to hear our names among the beloved community.
Please come and be part of this special recognition time. Perhaps you will hear the Spirit greeting you with appreciation, too!