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From Our Hill

FOH October 24, 2014        Click here for full issue

Dear Friends,

     One of my absolute favorite parts of church life has to be ministry with children.  I love kids!  From babies to youth, the energy, the excitement, the hijinks, the joy that children and youth bring to the life of a congregation is nothing less than a gift from God.
     Each week when the children come to the front of the sanctuary for the Children’s Sermon, I eagerly anticipate what they will say and how they will respond.  What will their insight be?  What profound but simple observation will the kids share?  What will they say that fills the sanctuary with appreciative laughter?  It’s always an adventure.
     I love to be around the church on a Sunday afternoon when our children’s choirs are rehearsing.  Their voices echo through the hallways.  It is a sign of life and promise and hope.  It is my privilege to help teach one of our confirmation classes (the seventh graders), each year.  I get to watch young people’s faith unfold, see theological sparks begin to fly, and witness their connection with God through Jesus Christ begin to grow deep.
     This Sunday, October 26, Calvary will celebrate Children’s Sabbath at both of our worship services, 8:15 AM and 10:30 AM.  This is a day to focus on the blessing that our kids are.  It is also a day to consider the challenges that all of God’s young people face and recommit ourselves to be protectors, resources, supporters, and advocates for them.  Children will have important roles in worship, reading, singing, and leading.  Come and share in the joy that Calvary’s children, God’s children, are to us.
Pastor Bryan Brooks