I give thanks to God that we have some wonderful Christian Formation offerings for our children and youth and we have some wonderful teachers. This year, we will continue to use lectionary-based Christian Formation materials for our Sunday School classes. From Kindergarten through High School, we have learning opportunities. For a more detailed listing of our learning opportunities, please see page 4.
It is my hope that Christian Formation and children and youth activities are not just “one more thing to do” for families. Our society places a lot of demands on us and it is not my goal to place another “burden” on our parishioners. But my hope is that our offerings are avenues for spiritual growth for our younger parishioners. In gardening terms, think of it as readying the soil and planting the seeds. My hope is that our parents and grandparents will work hard for our children and youth to come to church and to fully participate in our Christian Formation offerings. Our children and youth have an active role in our parish. They enjoy Sunday School, being acolytes, and participating in the Fun Club and EYC groups.
Our children and youth have worked hard in the area of outreach through last year’s Pancake Breakfast for the Fuse Project. This year, our youth will be doing a service project, in conjunction with the Confirmation Class, to raise money for a scholarship program for the Kappa League.
For our Fun Club, we want our 3rd-5th graders to have the experience of doing group activities and learn more about their faith. For our EYC, we want to cultivate a safe and joyful environment where our youth can explore their faith and build friendships. This year, our goal for EYC is do fun and formative events with our own group, participate with other local EYC groups, and engage with youth from the whole diocese.
Parents and Grandparents, I encourage you all to look at our opportunities and bring your children and youth on Sundays. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
If anyone is interested in helping with our youth or assisting as a substitute teacher, I would love to hear from you as well. Please email me at the address below or call the church office.
Have a great September everyone, and I hope to see you at church!
The Reverend Canon Daniel A. Wagner