Awaken. Journey. Gather. Simplify. Heal. Mend. Focus. Prepare. Messenger. Watch. Voice. Wilderness. Trust. Among. Light. Dazzle. Open. Embrace. Renew. Greeting. Child. Believe. Celebrate.
These are some words that have a special meaning in this season of Advent. And on Sunday, December 17th, some of the Sunday School classes will be doing a special project to make sure members of St. Paul’s who are elderly, sick, homebound, or any combination of those are connected to everything we are doing with this Advent season. Our older kids will be connecting with other kids who are half a world away. Our goal in all of these projects is to tie together the wonder of our children to the wisdom of our elders, and to connect kids across the world, through letters, cards, and interviews.
Our pre-K through 2nd graders will be making cards that will be sent to parishioners who might not be able to attend church this month, for various reasons. Our 3rd through 6th graders will be writing letters to those same parishioners, all with the same goal-- to connect us in this season that is meant to do just that. To remember that we are all watching for the Baby Jesus to be born on Christmas Day. Whether we are here at St. Paul’s or at home, or in a hospital bed, or a nursing home-- we are all waiting together.
Our 7th grade confirmation class will be going to Providence Point to interview some of the residents there who are also parishioners-- again, to make a special connection between the generations, and even perhaps to cultivate relationships between them. These interviews will be recorded and will be put on the St. Paul’s You Tube page-- more on how to access those after they have been uploaded!
Meanwhile, in Youth Forum, the older teenagers will have the opportunity to connect with other teens during this Advent season-- teens halfway around the world, in an entirely different life circumstance than their own. These are the teens who live at the Blessed Mustard Seed Babies’ Home in Hoima, Uganda, which is in Africa. Pat and Carolyn Hurd work closely with these children on their yearly (sometimes multiple times per year!) mission trips. They have compiled a list of names of teens who will be matched with a teen here-- again, with the goal of reaching out and establishing relationships during this Advent season of waiting and watching.
All of these projects are a wonderful way for kids of all ages to connect to others in our faith community, be it physically at St. Paul’s or via letter across town or letter across the world. I hope that you’ll stop in and visit the kids who are here, as they make cards and letters, and I hope that you’ll consider how you yourself can reach out to others within our own St. Paul’s community.
Blessings to Everyone in this Waiting Season,
Director of Children's and Family Ministries