Summer is coming. While I can’t see it on this rainy Monday as I write this, my calendar is actually filling up with TRIPS!
But as summer comes, and many of us look forward to traveling, we need to keep our connections with God and each other and our children. School may be out for the summer soon, but building a daily relationship with God, like God, neither slumbers nor sleeps. How will you keep your relationship growing?
Families with young children will soon receive a survey asking for opinions about the last school year’s offerings for Christian Education. What worked, and what didn’t? What would you like to see? What would you be willing to help with?
Families without children, you received a survey with similar goals regarding your pastors. Did you respond?
I know, no one likes “finals,” but the new Director of Christian Formation for Children and Youth (I will not miss typing that) is coming as surely as summer, and Plymouth doesn’t want to get off to a slow start with a new staff member. So families with children in the house, please, complete the basics of the survey you’ll receive and think about how to restart, or to kindle, faith in your household.
The Christian Formation Board will continue developing adult programming in Plymouth’s great tradition of Adult Christian Formation. In the near future this will be under the auspices of the two pastors with the support of the CF Board, the Adult Forum Team and the Visiting Scholar Team. What is your vision for adult Christian formation? How will you support the current programming? How will you support the staff and CF Board in developing this programming as we move out of pandemic mode and into post-pandemic mode?
As I watch the kids on my street learn to ride their bikes and sail over jumps, I wonder if they get the same encouragement to find God. I wonder if they say a prayer of thanks. I wonder who supports them on their faith journeys as well as their trail rides. Who will remind them that God is in the wildflower and the mountaintop, the trout stream and the rainbow? Who will remind you? How will you remind one another?
Tricia Medlock is returning to the interim position she held between Plymouth directors Sarah Wernsing and Mandy Hall. After leaving the Plymouth staff, she served as director of Children’s Ministries at St. Luke’s Episcopal for four years.