St Luke's rolls out new learning programme for kids
Yes, we know. There's no feast day in the Church for Valentine but when the customary day is not far off, what d'ya do. Plus it was a great way to connect young and old.
It was the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany but a few days later, it would be the 14th of February. So, it was a great Sunday to share valentines between young and old in the parish. This also coincided with the roll-out of our new learning programme. Our new programme is flexible enough to allow for varying numbers of children who attend each Sunday. It also allows for visitors and new children. The programme is built around the Gospel assigned for each Sunday. There are crafts and fun activities that highlight the message of the Gospel passage. And, this all happens now in a bigger and brighter room with lots of room to wear off energy if anyone needs a break.
The new programme flows from brainstorming Fathers Doug and Glenn have been doing. The challenge has been to have something with substance, that's engaging and fun, and flexible enough to work with varying number of children from Sunday to Sunday. There are about eight in the programme each Sunday but that's not always the same eight children.
The parents of the children, under the tutelage of Father Doug, rotate from Sunday to Sunday in leading the programme for that day. Randy Guest and Barb Konkle are almost as excited as the kids. Fortunately, each has their spouse to keep them calm. Shannon and Blain offer help and support.
The focus for each Sunday is on the Gospel message. There are crafts and fun activities to highlight the key teaching point from the Gospel. And, there are things to take home to work on later for some more fun and learning.
Since it was Valentine's Day, the kids had prepared cards to share with the adults during the Peace. The people of the parish had also brought valentines which they put in the holders that each child had made and brought into church. Usually, there are eight children but on this particular Sunday, there were fifteen so there was a bit of scrambling to make sure each of the holders were filled with valentines. It was a great day.
It was also the day when the parish surprised Father Glenn with a cake to mark his 37th year in ministry. It was a great way to top off the morning for everyone -- young and old.