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!
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).
I know I’m in good company; you know, those of us who think of the thing they wish they had said but an hour later or a day later! That’s me this week. I had a blast getting to preach the sermon on Sunday. AND my Enneagram “1”-ness is playing a familiar tune: “I wished I’d said…”
I preached about our identity as sisters and brothers of Jesus closely intertwined with but superseding family, racial, and social identity. I talked about how we are formed and informed by the influences or voices, if you will, surrounding us. New Yorkers now believe we are tough, smart, disciplined and loving because the Governor told us that every day for 108 days! We believe what we hear. And unfortunately, if we tell ourselves lies, we tend to believe those too.
Dear All Angels’ Family, It isn’t hard for adults to remember their child-selves eagerly awaiting summer vacation. My current angry-jumping-out-of-my-skin-screaming-on-the-inside feeling seems like a first cousin to that longing for languid summer days. Check out All Angels’ kids eager for school to be over. Kids might be looking forward to summer because they think it … Continue reading “Children & Youth Update 6.9.20”
Dear All Angels’ Family,
It isn’t hard for adults to remember their child-selves eagerly awaiting summer vacation. My current angry-jumping-out-of-my-skin-screaming-on-the-inside feeling seems like a first cousin to that longing for languid summer days. Check out All Angels’ kids eager for school to be over.
Kids might be looking forward to summer because they think it means…summer. The rest of us are wondering what on earth does summer mean in 2020?
Yesterday evening, during a virtual Community Ministries volunteer gathering, some of our volunteers asked, How is the CM Team doing? How are our CM friends? We’ll break down those answers in the coming weeks, but first, we want to invite you to see what a typical Pathways day currently looks like for us.
7:00amOur groggy CM Team arrives onsite for shower setup. 7:30am Shower Registration begins–eager guests are given timed tickets until spots are full (usually by 9:00am). 7:55am Showers begin–the first guest arrives at the front door five minutes prior to their shower time for a screening and hand sanitizing. They are then offered toiletries, underwear, socks, a t-shirt, and other self-care items as available. 8:00am Hurry up and get your shower on!! 8:10am First Shower ends–guests are then offered a coffee, pastry and/or sandwich provided by our partners from Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Inc., receive resource sheets for meals and services around the city. 8:15am Finish bleaching the bathroom and shower stall, wipe down chairs, doorknobs, and any surface or handle in sight. 8:15am Listen to shower guest talk about their feelings, COVID experiences, complaints, concerns, conspiracies, news reports…………….. with as much compassion and grace we have within us! Admittedly, some guests get more than others 😉
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In addition, we… – Pass out mail to appx. 20 friends per day who use All Angels’ as their primary mailing address – Pass out coffee and pastries to appx. 20 more friends looking for some warmth or sustenance – Refer 5-10 clients to the Institute for Family Health for medical or psychiatric care, or social services – Assist guests with referrals to shelters, unemployment applications, COIVD-19 education, masks & hygiene kits, and etc.
If this sounds like a riveting way to spend your lockdown days, we have a new in-person volunteer opportunity for you! On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-11am or 11am-1pm, we are seeking volunteers to help serve coffee and breakfast foods to our guests. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up.
In just a few short weeks, the coronavirus outbreak has brought about a staggering amount of suffering and dislocation in our city and around the world. Yet amid our collective fear and uncertainty, Psalm 91 rings out with the assurance of God’s protection and deliverance:
On Easter morning the kids reached out over the web and handed me little typed “alleluia’s” through our computer video cameras!! Like magic! I grabbed them out of thin air and taped them on to the wooden resurrected Christ figure standing in the middle of our Children’s Worship session.