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Letter From The Rector

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN

In the 4th chapter of Book of Deuteronomy, Moses reminded the Israelites of God’s faithfulness to them through some difficult times and the importance of remaining obedient to God’s commandments. Then he added, “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart….teach them to your children and to their children after them…”

As part of the Baptism liturgy of our Prayer Book, we as a congregation stand and promise to “do all in [our] power to support” those being baptized into the Church. This promise is especially Important (I believe) when the baptized are infants or children.

One of the most effective ways we (as St. Peter’s) can be faithful to both of the above is to provide our infants and children with a quality Sunday School program.

Our children need to understand and grow in the Christian faith. They need to understand God’s incredible love for them as shown in the life and ministry of Jesus. They need to learn the great Bible stories of both the Old and New Testaments, many of which testify to God’s love and care for us and what He requires from us. Our children need to be prepared for their Confirmation…the Sacrament in which they make a “mature” commitment to Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord and serve Him with their God given gifts and talents. This is so important!

Unfortunately, as a new Sunday school year approaches we have a significant shortage of Sunday school teachers. Many who have faithfully taught Sunday school for many years are “burned out” and are ready to explore other ministries in which to serve. We are in need of faithful people to “step up” and do their part in helping with the spiritual development of our children. Be assured that you need not be a Biblical scholar or have a degree in Biblical studies in order to teach Sunday school. All that is needed is a love for children and a desire to see them grow in the Christian faith and eventually become mature and active members of our church. You might think of it as an investment in the future of St. Peter’s!

The reality is that, if we cannot find faithful people willing to do this, we will not be able to provide a Sunday school program for our children. This will not only hurt us now, but will also affect our ability to attract and keep young families who visit us and are looking for a church home.

Won’t you please pray that God would show you how you might answer the call to this vital ministry of our church. Please do it today! If you have any questions about how to get started, please call the office at 466-9392. I’ll be happy to talk to you. Thank you and may God bless you richly for your willingness to serve Him and our children.

Peace and Love,
John+