Dear Sunday School Families,
The hustle and bustle of the holidays has abated. The kids have been back to school and we are back in our usual routines. It is such a blessing to St. Stephen's that you make church and Sunday School a part of your family's routine. Not only do your children get to have fun while learning about the Bible and Christian discipleship, their presence reminds all of us that when all ages come together, God's presence is felt more fully and completely. Being a place and people who welcome children and include them in worship and other activities is one of the best ways I know to express thanks to God for the gift of community and fellowship.
As you've heard me say before, especially since we instituted the Youth Sunday Service, it would be fabulous to have your children more involved in worship. Obviously, the Children's Choir is one of the ways they can participate, as is ushering, both of which a number of our children do. They can also read the lesson and lead the psalm and Prayers of the People. Please talk to your kids, encourage them to consider trying one of these things. I'll coach, if needed, and assure them their gift will be appreciated. You might even tell them this true story: one of the very best lectors I have ever heard is a now 10-year-old girl, Victoria, who started to read when she was just eight. I sent her the readings in advance so she had time to practice and literally stood next to her the first couple of times because she needed to stand on a stool in order to be tall enough. Although she was a bit nervous at first, her confidence, both at church and elsewhere blossomed. She became so confident she even read for the bishop!
Peace & Blessings,