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 email@example.com. 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.
On Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm we’re having a “Winter Warmer” dinner, hosted by the Board of Christian Education and the Sunday School children, who will use the proceeds generated from the dinner to purchase food for the Bradford Food Shelf.
Join us for this fun, relaxing, and cozy Italian-inspired meal. A $10 per person donation is suggested.
Please contact Angela Conrad-Schlager (222-9275) with any questions.
Want to be a Book Angel for the Sunday School library? There are 3 categories of $5, $10 and $15. Pick a book you’d like to sponsor and you will be that book’s Book Angel!
A huge THANK YOU to all the folks who participated in the Book Angels project on Valentine’s Day. Together we provided more than 20 new books to begin a children’s Sunday School library. More books will be available for purchase at the Christian Education’s Winter Warmer Dinner on February 20th.
Here are some favorite Advent and Christmas and Hanukkah books for children (but we know some adults who read these every year)! They are all beautiful and deeply moving. We have provided Amazon links because of the information that Amazon provides, but we urge you to support a locally owned bookstore.
Click on the title for information:
Favor Johnson: A Christmas Story, by Willem Lange, Illustrated by Bert Dodson
A Christmas Like Helen’s by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, illustrated by Mary Azarian
The Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco
The Story of Holly & Ivy, by Rumer Godden, illustrated by Barbara Cooney
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski, illustrated by P.J. Lynch
The Christmas Menorahs: How a Town Fought Hate by Janice Cohn, Illustrated by Bill Farnsworth
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston, pictures by Barbara Cooney
The Night Tree by Eve Bunting, Illustrated by Ted Rand
The Gift by Aliana Brodmann, Illustrated by Anthony Carnabuci
Lucy’s Christmas, by Donald Hall, Illustrated by Michael McCurdy