Like many churches of its day, All Angels’ Church operated a farm encampment outside of the city as a fresh air getaway from 1901-1954. After the Farm was sold, a fund was created to be used as a fresh air fund for the mothers and children of All Angels’ Church. Fast forward to today, the All Angels’ Farm funds many projects that connect All Angels’ families to fresh air experiences outside of the city. One of them is their campership program. Other funded projects include youth retreats, youth mission trips, and parish retreats.
These last days of summer! Already my sunrise routine is beginning to inch later as new fall rhythms take root. In the early hours of morning I gird myself for the year ahead. The girding looks different than it did, say, 20 years ago. Back then I mused that Danny was an easy baby and our expanding family of 5 might momentarily be mobile and flexible. His “big” sisters were so intrigued and curious about life, could we squeeze in a trip abroad for later fall- before we were ladened with the inevitable strollers and equipment?
Covid-19 continues to take its toll on every aspect of life. On December 20, 2020, something remarkable happened. The children of All Angels’ Church produced and premiered their first video Christmas pageant ever. Time stood still as all watched from all over. We struggled to put words to the grief, joy, loss, excitement, and delight that were stirred up. One viewer simply chatted in: holy ground. Indeed it was.
The children of All Angels’ Church will not be bested by a pandemic. A pageant on zoom, nicknamed “Zageant” is underway. Below parents can access information and instructions for supporting their child’s participation in the 2020 Zageant.
Jesus seemed keen on kingdom illustrations involving children and inviting children to come near. “Unless you become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of God.” Mt 18:3. “…For the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Mt. 19:14. We aren’t sure if Jesus was referencing an idolized innocent and eager child or if he was naming a disenfranchised population segment in a last shall be first kind-of-thing.
Even as we figure out what Jesus meant, it’s safe to say that having children among us is part of how God sees his kingdom unfolding. We don’t champion an idolized, prototypical child; at All Angels’ children are seen and heard. They’re messy, noisy, full of laughter and sometimes tears. We love finding ways children lead us
into worship. Erin Moughon-Smith is bringing her considerable talent as a drama teacher in NYC public schools to the pageant production this year. We can’t have a live production with 200 of us squeezed into the sanctuary. But children will tell the nativity story in their unique way, covid style: a Zoom pageant!
This Sunday All Angels’ has the joy of hearing a word from pastor Will Ford, a minister and author who is passionate about cultural transformation. Will travels throughout the U.S. speaking on intercession, reconciliation, awakening, and reformation. He’s the co-author of The Dream King, an amazing story of faith, racial reconciliation, and going deep in prayer. Please join us as we welcome Will and sit back and enjoy a special message from our new friend! More information on Will Ford can be viewed at his website here.
This Sunday we commemorate the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, and Jordan Wesley will be preaching a sermon entitled, “Sometimes There Are Angels”. This particular day is our “patronal feast day”, which really just means it’s like All Angels’ birthday! Come and celebrate with us (you’ll see some special guests joining in videos that you won’t want to miss).