A Chance of a Lifetime (Guest Column)

Do you want your child to have the support of a church community in addition to their family?

The reasons for wanting this are many, but one is the desire for children to establish relationships that will last over the years, creating a network of support that can’t be found in other settings. Another, of course, is to support you as you raise your children to befaithful Christians over their lifetime.

Sunday School and Youth Group are secure places to start these relationships, and the CARNIVAL is a gateway to both of these groups.

Our youth group will be staffing the carnival. This work cements their current relationships, and welcomes in our new members. And for our younger children, the carnival is a time to see church as a fun and lively place (not a solemn and silent place), and to meet their teachers, classmates, and other families.

Spiritual growth doesn’t happen because families wish for it, or buy it online. Spiritual growth often occurs best in the fertile soil of a classroom with a loving and knowledgeable teacher. In a Sunday School class or youth group, your child is personally recognized and welcomed. Your child has an opportunity to share needs and concerns from his or her life that he or she may not feel comfortable sharing elsewhere, even with you. And you want your child to receive wise and thoughtful answers and reassurances.

Classes start on September 17, with a Blessing of the Classrooms at 9:30am after the Grace in the Garden service. St. Luke’s is blessed to have Dawn Ranz teaching Godly Play (prek-1st grade), Brian Cook and Carrie Pizzi teaching Holy Moly (2nd-4th grade), and Diane Abshire teaching Connect (5th grade and up).

Of course, each classroom and teacher have a support system of volunteers that we are updating as you enroll your children. Your child’s safety is our first concern. So please complete the Sunday School and Youth Group registration so we have your emergency contacts and food allergies. Yes, there is a place for short term volunteer help. Please help where and as you can. We can’t do this without you; and being present in the classroom (even occasionally) helps you understand what your child is learning and helps your child see that you value their spiritual growth.

Sunday School will help your child build a lifetime of meaningful relationships, with others and with God. Your child will hear other children’s stories as they share Bible stories of God’s constant love. Together we will minister in service projects together, and celebrate our Christian holidays together.

Please join in this first step for the new Sunday School and Youth Group year. Take a minute to complete the Carnival RSVP and join us Sunday Sept. 10th at 9:30am.

Meet you on the front lawn,
Tricia Medlock
Director of Children and Youth Ministries