Family Ministries Blog

All Saints' Episcopal Church in Lakeland, Florida provides this forum as an exploration of family life with an emphasis on parenting, children, and teens. We hope that you will join our conversation and visit our children & youth ministries.

Making a Difference

I've been observing some positive changes in what is happening with our 4th and 5th graders on Wednesday evenings. (The discipleship group for that age is called God Squad, named by last year's kids.) At the beginning of January, they started a new curriculum that helps them to focus on learning the books of the Bible and where to find them. Also, at the beginning of January, church member Henry Waldron joined the teaching team for that age group. When I first asked Henry to get involved, he wasn't sure what he would be able to contribute to the group, but he quickly found a spark of excitement when he realized that his passions could meet a need. He is excited about the Bible; he's excited about kids learning it, especially his grandchildren; and he's a gifted coach. He and Priscilla Baez and Tina Whitehead are demonstrating to the kids that it is important to know the Bible. They are bringing expectations each week for what they can and should learn. They are enthusiastic with the kids when they meet the goal at hand. What a difference they are making by having a plan for what they want the kids to learn and sharing it with passion. Kids can and do pick up on our passions, so our challenge as adults is to make sure we are prioritizing and placing value on what matters most. "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:21). Let us all keep striving to make a difference in our children's lives for the glory of God!

The Call to Intimacy with God
Humility: Key to Intimacy with God

Scripture Readings for Sunday, July 30

First Lesson Genesis 29:15-28
Psalm Psalm 119:129-136
Second Lesson Romans 8:26-39
The Holy Gospel Matthew 13:31-33, Matthew 13:44-52

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