Sundays, 9:00 – 10:00 am
The Loft at St. Peter’s Church
The program takes place in The Loft at the back of St. Peter’s Church, from 9:00 to 10:00 am on Sunday mornings. It is appropriate for children who are curious about the bible stories that they hear in church, enrolled in pre-school through the 4th grade of school. Older children are welcome to assist as “helpers” or participate in “The ROCK” (Relationships, Outreach, Christ & Kids) program located in the Sun/Son room at St. Peter’s.
January 25. Parable of the Sower. A lot of people think they have this parable all figured out. If you put seeds in good soil they grow, right? Thorny soil is problematic; rocky soil is nearly impossible, and skipping the soil makes seeds merely bird food. But Jesus reminds us in the telling of this parable that the seeds grow to some extent everywhere. So what is that seed he is talking about? The soil? Does this mean that good soil is not really important? We have pondered the meaning of these things.
February 1. Parable of the Leaven. The lesson for today is The Parable of the Leaven. This story is found in the Bible both in the book of Matthew and Luke. In modern English, the term “leaven” has a positive connotation, but in ancient literature, except for Jesus’ parable, the connotation was universally negative. It was a sign of moral corruption, because fermentation is a process of putrefaction in the mass of dough. Leaven was made by storing a piece of bread in a dark, damp place, until mold formed. Our children do not know about this ancient way of thinking about leavening, so the parable will define itself for them as it unfolds.