I found something I had written long ago. As a Mom it made me misty. As your Education Director it lifted my spirits & reminded me of the journey we are on with our children. It is life long, but the time we have to show them what is important to us is so short. As my “little girl” enters Confirmation this year, I know that she is still surrounded by a church family who loves and supports her. You have helped all these kids to this step in their faith journey. I am sure I speak for other parents when I say we are so very grateful for it. Keep up the good work! Taking the time to invest in our children shows what’s important to you. With apologies to the girl who outgrew princesses, but not church...
I must admit that I am a tea loving, crumpet eating, royal watching Anglophile. I have a tea cup collection including two from Buckingham Palace and a ceramic bell with a portrait of the Queen. My 5 year-old daughter is so very enthralled with my tea collection and all things involving queens and princesses. So I just had to show her a real life queen. We watched the Queen’s royal Christmas message together. I’m sure it wasn’t quite the kind of queen she pictured. But it was interesting. In her message, The Queen spoke of the birth of Christ. The story of his birth was to her a story about a family in distressed circumstances who had been shut out with no room for them. From those early experiences, Jesus grew to reach out to all those who were rejected or despised, and to teach us how to do likewise.
My daughter’s eyes got big when she heard this and she grabbed my arm and said “Mama, she’s using those words! She’s using those church words!” It was as if she was amazed that people outside of church actually talked like that. This was a new discovery. It occurred to me that in her little world, that’s all she knew. She lives, plays and follows Mama to ‘work’ all on this same church block. Her friends are mostly church friends who speak the same church language. Yet it had occurred to her that not everyone did. And it was amazing to her to find someone from so far away who knew those same church words.
It made me grateful for this church family. My child does not feel despised or rejected here. She is learning about reaching out to those who are. The stories that she knows about Jesus are being affirmed and made real for her by friends and neighbors every day. And most of it doesn’t come from me. Most of it comes from her Sunday School teachers and from her friends whose parents bring them to church, or from people who just stop to talk to her in church. To my child, you are all speaking the language of royalty. But it may be a few years before she understands that it is the language of the Kingdom of God, not of the Queen of my teacups. That’s why it is such an important thing, to be a part of this family. And why I am so very grateful that my daughter has this in her life. And what a wonderful family to be a part of.
I feel the hope of all our church parents. As one parent wrote recently, “ my children are getting it....Christianity, I mean.... it is becoming part and parcel to them in how they think, the questions they ask and how they view the world…It warms my heart to no end. They feel very loved at our church and I think they've truly gotten the message that God and Jesus love them without question.” Yep, without question.
Melanie Holcomb, Interim Director of Christian Education