Lively Worship Encounters Round Out the Month
Monday, October, 24, 2016 | 4:01 PM | by bwallace
Our children and youth took leadership roles in Sunday's Children's Sabbath. They used puppets to tell the story of Jesus blessing the children.
Children’s Sabbath was quite a worship experience at FUMC on Oct. 23. “Children” of all ages joined together to celebrate children and lift up the needs of all children in our community and throughout the nation.
The Children’s Choirs set the tone for the service with inspiring songs. Ella Kleinheksel read the scripture beautifully. The youth used puppets to tell the story of Jesus blessing the children and the little boy who gave up his loaves and fish to feed the 5000 people who gathered to hear Jesus’ teaching. Darren Pelkey opened our eyes to the plight of those in Elkin’s schools who suffer the effects of poverty. Betsy Robertson, our new Backpack Coordinator, unveiled a new box shaped like a large backpack where donations may be deposited. These food items will be taken to Elkin Elementary School to put in weekend backpacks for students who would otherwise not have adequate food on the weekends. Alyssa and Erika Snider presented a dialogue about the 25th anniversary of Children’s Sabbath. And, Pastor Mark stressed the importance of being the presence of Jesus with children who are in need.
As usual Sunday’s service closed with the congregation holding hands and singing, “Bind Us Together, Lord.” This new addition to the worship service has received so much affirmation that we will continue using it as our closing for most Sundays.
Special thanks to Amy Johnson for leading our children in providing soul-lifting music, Cindy Furr for logistics and directing the puppet show, and to all those who support our fantastic children’s ministry.
Children’s Sabbath, sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund and supported by The United Methodist Church, celebrates children as God’s sacred gift to humankind. It “provides the opportunity for houses of worship to renew and live out their moral responsibility to care, protect and advocate for children.” According to CDF President Marian Wright Edelman, year’s theme, “Children of Promise: Closing Opportunity Gaps,” encourages us to “promise to work to close the opportunity gaps so that each and every child has a fair chance to succeed.”
Next Sunday, Oct. 30:
With Halloween approaching, children are deciding which costumes and masks they wish to wear. Next Sunday’s worship will focus on the theme of masks as we explore the masks that we wear that keep people from knowing our true selves. The 10:55 am service will meet in the Fellowship Hall around the tables for a more intimate and relaxed worship time. Many have expressed this close communal time together has been very meaningful. Sunday’s service will also feature a “hands-on” activity that you will not want to miss.
Between the worship services at the Gathering at the Well, breakfast casseroles will be provided as a special treat. Stay late following the 8:45 service or come early for the 10:55 service to enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by Lisa Freeman.