Welcome back! As many of us return to our regular routines and also experience the changes of new schools, new people, new activities, and new seasons God is with us, through it all.
Last Sunday, we explored this tension of constancy and change. We talked about metaphors for God that focus on both stability and change (i.e. rock and wind) and how both are important. God is both the constancy we can hold to amidst change and also the change that moves our complacency and challenges our desire at times for stability in our lives. An interesting exercise could be to brainstorm images of God from the Bible and also imagine our own images for God. Which ones might we want to call on at particular times? Sometimes, when are are worried or lonely or overwhelmed it can be hard to recall a comforting image, so it can be helpful to write or draw or sculpt that image when we are feeling good so we can have it on hand. We can even carry things with us, like rocks or prayers or other images in our pockets or backpacks.
Here is some information about what is coming up!
Spirit Space Launch – Sunday, September 21! We are very excited that our four new children’s ministry staff and our new children’s ministry program are almost ready to launch. We would like to extend a warm welcome to our four new staff, Samentia, Meghan, Joanna, and Lauren who will participate in their staff training Sept 12-14 and be working with our children beginning Sept 14. Spirit Space is an innovative multi-age program that we are developing uniquely for the needs and gifts of Fairlawn Ave. United Church. Each week, we will introduce a Bible story in a creative way, have the children check in with staff in age-based home groups, and then choose how they would like to respond to the story through anything from poetry to dance to photography to launching a social justice campaign. The program will also give children space to explore their spirituality through prayer, song, offering, Biblical engagement, and a wide variety of other spiritual practices. Please contact Sheryl if you have any questions or input!
Welcome Back Barbecue – This annual barbecue lunch (with vegetarian and gluten-free options) will be held after the service on the lawn outside the church. All are welcome! Our new children’s ministry staff will be present for you to meet them – please say hello! If you are able to bring a ready-to-serve contribution for our dessert table (i.e. cookies, squares, cut fruit, etc.), that would be greatly appreciated.
Youth Group Launch – Our first gathering for high school aged youth will be held from 6pm-8pm on Friday, Sept 19 in the youth room with pizza, games, and opportunities to help plan the year’s programming. Our first tween (grade 5-8) event will be Friday Oct 3. Please stop by the Children and Youth Ministry table at coffee hour for more information!