The Children’s Gathering on the Square meets in rooms at the back of St Peter’s Parish Hall from approximately 9 am to 10 am on Sunday mornings. The Godly Play program takes place in “The Loft” and 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. Children in grades 5 and up are invited to participate in The Rock program located below in “Son Room.” Older children are welcome to assist as teachers’ aides with either group.
After Jesus had risen on Easter, he appeared among his followers in different ways until the time of his Ascension. Two men were walking the road to Emmaus and deeply troubled by the crucifixion of Jesus. A fellow traveler joined them and when they reached their destination, the two invited the third to share a meal. It was not until then that they recognized the third man was Jesus. We also wondered about Thomas, ‘the doubter.’ Jesus had appeared to the some of his disciples but Thomas could not believe because he did not see. Later Jesus came to the disciples again while they were all sharing a meal and Thomas upon seeing Jesus, fell to his knees. Jesus’ response was, “Blessed are those who have not seen and still believe.”
The Eastertide journey continues and we are still hearing that Jesus keeps appearing unexpectedly. He had risen on Easter – Alleluia! – but he just kept showing up in surprising ways before his ascension. John’s gospel tells us that Jesus’ disciples made the long trip to Galilee as Jesus had instructed them and stopped at the Sea of Galilee. Fishing was unsuccessful until someone tending a fire onshore called out to them to throw their nets to the other side. John recognized that the man on shore was the Lord and Peter had hopped out of the boat to greet Jesus! Jesus gave Peter special instructions, “Feed my lambs… tend my sheep… feed my sheep.” Wonder at home together what Jesus might have meant. How do you tend or feed any of Jesus’ sheep? How do your children?