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.

Stability during the seasons of transitions

May can be a challenging month for families as the end of the school year brings about a series of transitions and changes. Some students are graduating and preparing for next steps; some students are preparing for being at a new school in the fall so they are already preparing themselves for leaving their current school and the friends they have there; some younger children will be getting ready to leave daycare and start a formal school setting. Then there are the transitions to the summer schedule and what that will mean for the family routine with more time at home, or summer camps and family vacations. Here at church we help see our students promote to the next small group such as Kids' Club, God Squad, Middle School Youth Group, and High School Youth Group, as well as new Sunday School classes. Thankfully, our hands-on leaders Priscilla Baez in the nursery, Carrie Kotal in the children's area, and Stephanie Paul with our teens are steady and consistent with our children and teens and will help welcome them as they move. Transitions are everywhere!

As always, during these seasons of transition, we know that we have God as our solid foundation upon whom we put our trust. He guides us through all of the changes, especially as we remain faithful to his leadership and call in our lives. For me personally, I am glad that God has brought me to All Saints' Church. I know that God has brought me here for this season in the church's life, and I have every reason to believe that God wants me here for many years to come. I continue to be in the discernment process with the Diocese of Central Florida toward Holy Orders and there has been much affirmation during this journey. 

I am still on God's timing and planning for the priesthood, but Lord willing, I should be at All Saints' to serve as a clergy member in the future to continue being part of the wonderful team and family that is All Saints' Parish. This is readily and openly affirmed by Fr. Reid and I am grateful that others are excited, too. I covet your prayers for the variety of ministry opportunities that are available for our children and teens as our Family Ministries team of staff and volunteers come alongside our families to encourage our students to love Jesus and put him first in their lives.

The Pure in Heart
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Scripture Readings for Sunday, August 27

First Lesson Deuteronomy 8:6-20
Psalm Psalm 146
Second Lesson Acts 4:32-36
The Holy Gospel Matthew 19:16-26

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Upcoming Events

22
Aug
Date: 22 August 2017
Outing to Chef T's on Gary Rd.

22
Aug
Date: 22 August 2017
John Classroom

23
Aug
All Saints Episcopal Church
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Lakeland
Date: 23 August 2017
Wednesday Morning Bible Study with Fr. Reid

23
Aug
Lakeland
Date: 23 August 2017
OSL Healing Service

23
Aug
Date: 23 August 2017
We will meet from 6-7 p.m. on the children's floor with group times Bible story and activities (kid's club)

23
Aug
Date: 23 August 2017
Our 3 year olds through 1st graders will meet for choir during 6:35-7 p.m. 

24
Aug
Date: 24 August 2017
Ladies nights starts back up!

25
Aug
All Saint's Episcopal Church
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Lakeland
Date: 25 August 2017
Friday Morning Men's Bible Study with Fr. Reid

26
Aug
Date: 26 August 2017

27
Aug
Date: 27 August 2017
We are hosting CPR/AED training on Sunday, August 27 at 1:00 p.m. youth floor. The cost for certification is $34 per person. If you are

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