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

Readings for Sunday, October 22

First Lesson 2 Samuel 24:18-25
Psalm Psalm 1
Second Lesson 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
The Holy Gospel Matthew 22:15-22

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Upcoming Events

21
Oct
Tomkow Lodge
Date: 21 October 2017
Please join us for our annual church picnic. They'll be lots of food, fun and fellowship!

21
Oct
Date: 21 October 2017
No Saturday Service on October 21st Due to the Car Show Most of our regular attendees are aware of this date, but if you spontaneously show up to

22
Oct
Lakeland
Date: 22 October 2017
Sunday Rite I Eucharist

22
Oct
Lakeland
Date: 22 October 2017
Sunday Rite II Family Eucharist 8:50 a.m.

24
Oct
Date: 24 October 2017
At All Saints' Church meet in the Welcome Center

25
Oct
All Saints Episcopal Church
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Lakeland
Date: 25 October 2017
Wednesday Morning Bible Study with Fr. Reid

25
Oct
Lakeland
Date: 25 October 2017
OSL Healing Service

25
Oct
Lakeland
Date: 25 October 2017
Wednesday Evening Eucharist

25
Oct
Date: 25 October 2017
Fall Fun for our Children and Teens

25
Oct
Date: 25 October 2017
World Religions By, The Rev. Dr. L. Reid Hensarling September 6 Overview of The World's Religions September 13 The Development of Religion September 20 Ancient and Primal Religions September 27 Hinduism

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