Children are among the great blessings of our lives. Whether children of our own, or children of those we love, or children who appear to us in a crowd of strangers, they have the capacity to melt our hearts and remind us of the child hidden away inside of each one of us. They are a precious gift; but they are also a great responsibility.
In baptism we promise to support the newly baptized in their life in Christ. This highlights our need for committed teachers and program leaders for the children in our midst. As we have been inordinately blessed in recent years with children of all ages here at St. Stephen’s, we are now being asked to consider our role in providing a safe and engaging environment for their spiritual nurture.
We have already mentioned that Lynda Greuel, who has coordinated our Excellent Adventure program for the past five years, is stepping down. We are delighted to announce that Kathleen Howes, a well-known member of our parish (and singer in our choir) has stepped forward to pick up where Lynda left off—difficult shoes to fill, but a challenge for which Kathleen, a teacher by profession, is ready.
We have also reported that our Nursery Coordinator Allison O’Neill has had to leave us to spend more time at home. But sadly we cannot report that anyone has offered to coordinate the nursery in her stead. Is this a calling for you? Pray about it, and let us know.