February 2019

posted Mar 1, 2019, 6:46 AM by Lee Church

 Blessings and Answered Prayers Jars

In January we began a project that will take students to another level from the Prayer Centers they worked on last year. Each student has received their own mason jar, generously donated by Marianne Banks. Students will tint their jars using a simple technique that allows them to personalize each jar. You can see them displayed currently in Classroom 2 along the top of the piano.

We start each class with the opportunity for students to reflect on the previous week, recognizing any blessings or answered prayers experienced by them since last Sunday.  They could be personal blessings, family blessings, or even blessings from afar of which students became aware.They will have a chance to share with the class or a nearby friend, and then write a few words about it on a colorful slip of paper. Each student will add their new paper to the jar. Some made add 2 or more if they would like or have missed a week or 2. Gradually the jars will fill with bright reminders throughout the year.

We will look through our own jars occasionally, at least in late spring as we finish the school year. I would love to see families continue this activity through the summer. Jars will be available to fill here in the church. We will return to our jars weekly in the fall and take another opportunity to read through our blessings at the end of 2019 or beginning of 2020. This project is a simple, though extended, way to consciously recognize the many times God answers our prayers and fills our lives with blessings. Perhaps you’ll want to create a family jar at home for everyone to enjoy.

Creating in the Classroom

As our congregation explores creative approaches to worship this season, we will be delving into our artistic sides in the classroom with you. There are several small projects that will help students look at our creator in new ways while exploring their own imaginations through faith. I will post some of their work on our CE bulletin board.  love to have some of our older students work on a special project that will connect with everyone’s study.

* If you have an interest or special ability with art, we would really benefit from some extra adults in our classes during these projects. There will be lots of busy, creative hands would enjoy from more adult guidance either with the elementary class or the more advanced middle/high school project. This would be a short commitment just until Lent begins.

 

Counting my blessings,

Jill Paré

Director of Christian Education

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