December is a busy month for the Sunday School! Click this link to see all that they are up to: Sunday School December 2016 Calendar
The children were invited to wear their costumes at church, and it was happy chaos as they shared them with the congregation, and we sang “I Sing a Song of the Saints of God”, substituting the characters they were dressed as for the list in the hymn. We had witches, princesses,a lynx, “a fourth grader”, a viking, and more!
On September 25 in Sunday School, the kids learned how Joseph’s dreams showed his people to save up food during their seven years of plenty so they would have enough during their seven years of famine. Then Julie Porter, Sunday School teacher and King Arthur Flour employee, helped the children prepare rolls to bake and donate to the food shelf. (You can learn more about King Arthur’s Bake for Good program at http://www.kingarthurflour.com/bakeforgood/kids/)
It was a very sweet Sunday on September 11, 2016. We welcomed back those who had been away for the summer with balloons, the children escorted the big Bible to its home on the lectern, and we enjoyed ice cream sundaes at coffee hour!
What Children Gain by Being Part of a Church
Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder
Bradford Congregational Church, UCC, Bradford, Vermont
Here is a partial, random list of benefits that children gain (and therefore their families and communities and the world gain) by their growing up as part of a church. Please feel free to share this list with others. Please add to this list by sending suggestions of other benefits to firstname.lastname@example.org. Children gain in church:
- appreciation for the beauty, power and joy of singing and music;
- practice public speaking and performing;
- spiritual literacy, scriptural familiarity and an introduction to ethical, moral and religious values and virtues;
- the knowledge of why and how to pray;
- the experience of what faith communities and worship services are like, so wherever they go in life they will be able to walk into a house of worship with comfort and confidence;
- the knowledge that anytime in their lives when they need comfort, guidance, strength, inspiration, community, a way to serve or a new life, church is a place to turn;
- the desire to give their children all the gifts that church gave them when they were children;
- a group of peers who share qualities like kindness, fairness, respect, compassion and service;
- the feeling of being an important part of a multigenerational community where they are loved and respected and affirmed;
- a sense of belonging to a greater whole—including all other people of faith and all God’s creation;
- the love of a beautiful, spirit-filled church building, and the knowledge of how to be stewards of it and share it with others;
- the good feeling of working together leading and serving the community in Christ-like ways;
- awareness of the Biblical commitment to take care of those in need and to work for justice and peace.
Below are a few photos taken on Children’s Sunday, May 22, 2016.