January 5: Three Kings Party, “A celebration of 3’s”
This Sunday is the day before Epiphany, last year we had a “Star Party” with the entire congregation. This year we will have a celebration of “3’s” beginning with a special nod to the three Magi.
January 12: Baby Jesus is Presented in the Temple.
This is the time of the year we celebrate the mystery that God came to us in Jesus the Christ, the light of the whole world. Today we remember that the baby Jesus was presented in the Temple and is recognized by the prophets Anna and Simeon. They pronounce that this child is the “one we have been waiting for.”
January 19: Baptism
Today we hear the Story of Baptism. In our Episcopal tradition, Holy Baptism means full initiation, by water and the Holy Spirit, into the Church. It is like a gateway of sorts. We baptize people in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. We use three white overlapping circles as a way to understand the Trinity. We ask the children to remember the day of or look forward to the day of their baptism. As we light candles from the Christ candle, our names are spoken. You may wish to ask your child “How does the Light change?” today.“Where does that Light go?” You may be amazed at what they have to say…
January 26: The Parable of the Good Shepherd
Matthew 18:12-14; Luke 15:1-7
In Godly Play today we receive the gift of the Parable of the Good Shepherd. This story is found in a gold “parable box”, because parables were precious gifts that were given to us by Jesus 2,000 years ago! In the story, the Shepherd knows each of his sheep by name, and they know the sound of his voice. While he shows the sheep the way to the good green grass and the cool, clear water, he also goes wherever he needs to go if they are in danger. You may wonder with your child who the sheep may really be? Who might the Good Shepherd be?