…And Other News from Youth and Children’s Ministries
Heifer International Fall Project
Between now and Advent, the Sunday School children will be learning about Heifer International and preparing to host a Heifer table at the Alternative Gift Fair in December. The children will encourage the congregation to buy animals from Heifer as Christmas gifts at the fair. The children will also be collecting coins between now and Christmas to collectively buy their own animal. Several events will have led up to our fair. Back in June, the church camp visited the Heifer Farm in Rutland, MA. The Heifer Farm is a demonstration farm and global education center where programs introduce participants to the idea that one person can make a difference in ending hunger and poverty. Read more about that experience here. In November, the Youth Group is going on an overnight retreat at the Heifer Farm for a Global Gateway Immersion experience. We’ll spend 24 hours at the farm in conditions simulating those facing Heifer’s project partners around the globe. In addition to sleeping in housing representative of our chosen host country, we’ll shop for dinner in a market and cook our food together –all without leaving the US! In Sunday School classes, the younger children will learn about different animals that Heifer gives and how these animals help families become self-reliant. The link to the Biblical basis for social justice will be made explicit through all of these experiences.
World Communion Sunday
The Sunday School celebrated World Communion Sunday on October 6 by learning about a number of countries with whom our congregation has special ties. Kids tasted all kinds of international breads and foods, colored flags, and learned about other countries near and far where people were also celebrating Communion. Chris Kiritsy hosted the Greece table and talked about traditions of the Greek Orthodox church. Soo Laski brought Korean style rice krispie treats and talked about the country of her birth, South Korea. Cate Brown and Hannah Kiritsy showed the kids pictures they took in Nicaragua while the kids practiced rolling out tortillas. Wat Matsuyasu and his family shared gorgeous and exotic looking rice and fish treats from Japan. Lucy Gund and Julia Gatewood served N’shima with sautéed cabbage as is eaten in Zambia and shared highlights of their trip to M’tendere this summer. In honor of our joint service with the Taiwan Presbyterian Church of Greater Boston, Tori Jameson hosted the Taiwan table, talked about rice and was even joined by some of our Taiwanese families.
Sunday School Classes
For information on what’s happening in Sunday School each week this month, visit our website here.
Many thanks to this month’s teachers:
Susan Hunt Stevens