Sundays, 9 – 9:55 am
The Loft at St. Peter’s Church
The Children’s Gathering on the Square meets in rooms at the back of St Peter’s Parish Hall from approximately 9am to 10am 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.
January 8 Epiphany The story we hear this week is of Epiphany. (which is actually celebrated on January 6th). The seasons of Advent and Christmas have passed and we enter into the season of the weeks after Epiphany. The color of the altar cloth is changed to green color of growth and learning. It is the day our tradition designates to remember the arrival of the Magi in Bethlehem. We focus on the gifts they brought. Gold is not a surprising gift for a king. Frankincense has been used in worship for thousands of years, and is still used today. Myrrh is a resin that is burned at funerals. What did the three wise men foreshadow about this baby with these gifts? I wonder.
January 15 Work Day One of our tasks today is to put away all signs and decorations from our previous seasons. We will clear the slate for the rest of the story to unfold.
January 22 Parable of the Good Shepherd Today we hear the Parable of the Good Shepherd and his sheep. This story is found in a gold parable box because parables are gifts that were given to us 2,000 years ago! In this story we learn that the Good Shepherd knows each of his sheep by name and they know the sound of his voice. He shows the sheep the way to good green grass and cool, clear water. He goes wherever his sheep are in danger. Wonder with your child who the sheep may really be? Who might the Good Shepherd be?
January 29 Parable of the Sower Today we are presented with the Parable of the Sower. Many people think they have this parable unraveled. If you put seeds in good soil they grow, right? Thorny soil is problematic; rock soil is nearly impossible and eliminating the soil makes seeds merely bird for. But Jesus reminds us in the telling of this parable that seeds grow to some extent anywhere. So what is that seed he is talking about? The soil? Does this mean that good soil is not important? We will ponder the meaning of these things.