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!

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

Scripture Readings for Sunday, December 17

First Lesson Isaiah 61:1-4 , Isaiah 61:8-11
Psalm Psalm 126
Second Lesson 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
The Holy Gospel John 1:6-8 , John 1:19-28
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Upcoming Events

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All Saints Episcopal Church
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Lakeland
Date: 13 December 2017
Wednesday Morning Bible Study with Fr. Reid

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Lakeland
Date: 13 December 2017
OSL Healing Service

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Lakeland
Date: 13 December 2017
Wednesday Evening Eucharist

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Date: 13 December 2017
We have separate MS and HS group times in the 6:00 o'clock hour and we are doing a simple dinner with our

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Date: 13 December 2017
Nov. 29th 6-7:00 p.m. First Pageant rehearsal for k-5th graders (no kid's club or God Squad) This day we

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Date: 13 December 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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Date: 13 December 2017
The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God's Story Textbook: The God who Is There: Finding Your Place in God's Story by D.A. Carson Susan Waldron September 6 The God Who Made Everything September

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Date: 13 December 2017
 Ignacio Morrell & Deacon Bob Johnson The History of Christianity From Pentecost to the Reformation Textbook: The Story of Christianity (Vol. 1 & 2) By Justo Gonzalez September 6

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Date: 13 December 2017
Old Testament Textbook: Old Testament Essentials, Creation, Conquest, Exile and Return by Tremper Longman III A Bible and notebook for journaling and class notes will needed (The Bookstore

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All Saint's Episcopal Church
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Lakeland
Date: 15 December 2017
Friday Morning Men's Bible Study with Fr. Reid

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