I am very pleased to announce that we have called a new Sunday school teacher in Gabriella Benson. Gabriella (not Gaby), is a cradle Episcopalian having grown up in our diocese, active as a youth in diocesan programs and has served in youth leadership roles with the diocese. She has an 18th month old son, Jessiah and she will begin as our teacher on Sunday May 8th.
I encourage us (especially families with children) to come just a bit earlier on May 8th to introduce yourselves and say hello.
I am hopeful that we will have a chance to celebrate Gabriella and Sheria in recognition as the ones who care for our children on May 15th, after we celebrate the 10:30 service of the Feast of Pentecost.
This will also be a time to specifically recognize and thank Sheria for her care, time and commitment in the nursery.
A Teacher's Prayer
Father, please fill me with your understanding as I instruct others,
Help me to see the individual potential of every student I teach.
Father, please fill me with your patience as I teach others,
Help me to keep giving of my time and energy, especially to those who struggle the most.
Father, please give me your divine wisdom as I am with my class,
Show me when I must discipline and when I can show mercy.
Father, help me to depend totally on You,
For You are the source of my strength, courage and peace.
Father, above all, may I love and care for each student I teach.
Show me how to serve as Christ serves
Give as Christ gives
Love as Christ loves.
I ask all this in the precious name of Jesus,
My Saviour and friend.
(A modern teachers prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)