Update from Rev. Francesca Fortunato, Children and Youth Ministry Leader
On Sunday, June 3rd, The Park Sunday School children read Mark 2:13-17. We discussed the criticism (and even downright hostility) that Jesus endured, for being friends with “tax collectors and sinners.” We thought about the ways that people in our own time and place can still face pressure to avoid making friends with people who are different from themselves, and the tendency to consider some people “in” and others “out.” For our creative response, we made collages, using pictures of people cut from magazines, to illustrate the people that Jesus would choose as friends today (short answer: “everyone!”)
On Sunday June 10th, we will read 1 Samuel 3:1-20. We will discuss the idea that children, as well as adults, can receive callings from God. The children will be invited to think about those things that God might be calling them to do. In response, we will write short poems or stories (whichever form each child prefers) about answering God’s call in our own lives.
Blessings and joy!