During December 2017, the young people of St. James…
….are busy in the atria, their worship space in which they explore their relationship with God.
….are participating with their families in the worship, especially Eucharist, in church.
….are growing in relationship in love with God their Creator, Nourisher, and Comforter.
Diane Dues, our new catechist in the Atrium of the True Vine and Living Bread, is guiding our fourth through eighth graders. They have been working with the account of Creation through a Christological lens. This is not as complicated as it sounds. The creation story was thoughtfully read and signals pointing to Christ were found. An example: Adam as a human was the beginning of life in humankind. Christ, the new Adam, brought new life to humankind.
The older children are engaged in some work for the outreach of the church by collecting aluminum pull tabs that are then given to Ronald McDonald House as part of the money raising methods of that organization. A similar effort is being made with the cardboard tabs on some grocery products raise funds for school rooms.
The Atrium of the Good Shepherd is for the youngest, age 3 through first grade. They have been presented with some of the parables of Jesus, the geography of the Holy Land, the seasons of the church work, and several activities that give time for creativity and active hands.
We are looking forward for the time of Epiphany in which there will be time to reflect and prepare for Lent and Easter. Along with the children we catechists look forward to each Sunday and our time together.