Educational Ministries is responsible for life-long learning, working closely with our Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministries. Church School, Youth Groups, and Confirmation offer opportunities for learning, fellowship, and participation in service projects. Adult education covers multiple topics from a faith perspective—including parenting, ethics, or theology and a weekly Bible study.
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On March 17th from 12:00-1:00, the Third Sunday Adult Education program will have a special Lenten focus on the Psalms. Specifically, we will focus on Psalm 51. Unlike many of the praise psalms we focus on throughout the year, this psalm is particularly difficult. It focuses on the messy, broken ways in which we live into our humanity. We will explore the parts of the psalm that troubles us, we will find the ways that the psalm comforts us. Ultimately, we will be reminded of who we are, whose we are, and find out what it means to live into our own worthiness.
Dear Pilgrims and Friends,
Lent is a time in which we embark on a journey of reflection, meditation, worship, and service over the course of the next several weeks. This year, the Lenten focus for Children's Church will be on the Saints. Each week, we will learn about a different, new, and popular Saint. Our proposed schedule will include a variety of Saints, here is our schedule:
March 10th: St. Ignatius of Loyola (Patron Saint of Retreats)
March 17th: St. Catherine of Bologna (Patron Saint of the Arts)
March 24th: St. Benedict Joseph Labre (Patron Saint of the Homeless)
March 31st: St. Francis of Assisi (Patron Saint of the Environment and Animals)
April 7th: St. Martha (Patron Saint of Cooks)
This schedule is flexible but these saints are not. If you are interested in being a part of the lesson for any of these saints but cannot do the proposed date, please let me know! I am looking for people who have a deep connection (knowingly or unknowingly) to these Saints. Do you cook? Do you enjoy retreats? Do you enjoy meditation? We've already got someone on board for St. Francis of Asisi. This will be quite fun!
On April 14th, we will have an Intergenerational Service for Palm Sunday. On Easter Sunday, both Children's Church and the Junior Youth will join together to make our semi-traditional Resurrection Rolls for coffee hour.
This past weekend, our Junior Youth Group experienced their first overnight at the church. While they each came with their own apprehensions, I found that they quickly overcame any concern. Staying overnight at the church is scary, there are strange noises and dark spaces. Despite my own fears working at the church late at night, I have found comfort in the sanctuary and feel a great sense of solace while working in the sun room late at night. This is not about the building, the building is merely a symbol of what takes place and who is held in community in the space. The building is not home to the kids, their church community is home in their hearts. It is that sense of home that made their Lock In that much more sacred.
As the youth spent the evening hosting little kids for a few hours of fun, baking cookies for older Pilgrims, and playing hide and seek throughout the church, I realized that they truly enjoy a sense of belonging. They are active in leading worship as liturgists and engaging in the life of the church in many ways. It was not as though this weekend was the beginning but rather a middle. I am grateful that our young ones have a place in this church community. I deeply appreciate that each person in this congregation has connected with our young ones. They are blessed to be a blessing in their church community as are all of you!