One of the most sacred tasks we have as a community of faith is to raise up our children in the knowledge and love of the Lord. We are to teach them the faith. We are to share with them the blessed and holy stories of Scripture. As the book of Proverbs teaches us, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6, NIV) Also, in the book of Deuteronomy is it written, “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.” (Deuteronomy 11:18-21, NIV) Giving our children the spiritual tools and resources needed to navigate the world is essential!
Let’s face it, the reality is that we spend a great deal of time, money, energy, and effort preparing our children to be competitive in their sport of choice. We give them every resource and opportunity available to ensure that they excel academically. Yet, we fall woefully short in providing for them the very resource that will sustain them on the journey of life. That being a solid foundation of faith with the tools of prayer, love of worship and music, knowledge of Holy Scripture and a heart for service.
I strongly encourage you to join our Church School leaders and children this Sunday morning during Church School time in Pierce-Bishop Hall as we join together to learn our sacred stories. Come and experience Godly Play, come and see how our children are learning the faith. Come and join us in this holy time, as we, together both young and old alike, hear and share the sacred stories of our faith.
See you Sunday!
The Rev. Paul Jeanes III