Real Talk with Mary Ellen: A September 10th Reflection

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?

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How to Produce a Children’s Passion Play

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.

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Summer Campership Applications Are Open

January 12, 2021

Dear All Angels’ Families,

Maybe we don’t know what the summer will bring, but let’s hope! In this letter, you will find:

  • What is the All Angels’ Farm Summer Campership Fund?
  • How do I access a campership for my children?
  • Who qualifies to receive a campership?
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All Angels’ Parents: A 2020 Pageant Toolkit

November 18, 2020

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.

Need to get in the mood? Check out our one minute version of the 2018 Christmas Pageant
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Children & Youth Ministry Update: October 2020

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!

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C&Y Update 8.25.20: Different Year, Age Old Approach

Few things make me happier than a good idea. Sign me up for a brainstorming session any day! I love the process of bouncing ideas around, seeing if they will work, and building action plans around them (yes, Intellection does rank top 5 in my Strenghtsfinder).

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Brings A Smile to My Face

Do you need a smile? Consider these backstories producing a few of my recent smiles:

Chatting with Lina recently and she told me how much she loves Nighttime Prayer with Lucy and the two youth young women (Abby and Serena)

ME: what do you love about it?

LINA: sometimes we click on links to listen to daily examens on different subjects.  Last night we listened to one about aging and the lady said ‘perhaps you feel you are coming to end of your life…’  We all shouted we hope not!

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