We Proclaim our Faith without Hesitation
A group spent the day at Enfield Loaves & Fishes this past Monday as part of the ELCA Day of Service.
Enfield Loaves and Fishes is a Local Area Soup Kitchen providing hospitality to all those in need by offering meals, aid, and companionship at no charge.
The goal was to beautify the yard by trimming & pruning bushes, cutting and edging the lawn, removing bittersweet from the fence and trees, and planting some flowers.
The regular Enfield Loaves & Fishes volunteers graciously provided lunch for the SHELC crew.
“Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Mark 10:14
During the Children’s Message or Fellowship Time most Sundays, children are given a treasure chest with a lock and a colored tie on it. Someone in the congregation has the key on a matching colored bracelet. When the child finds the person with their matching colored key, they exchange names, maybe a fun fact for the day and the child then opens their chest and keeps the treasure. The chest with its lock is then returned to Pastor Chris.
Why do we do this?
- It provides an opportunity for adults to get to know and interact with the children that are part of our congregation or with children that are visiting
- Adults can model hospitality and demonstrate an active interest in the future generation of the church and help fulfill their promises made when children are baptized
- Children practice social skills in meeting others and become more familiar with the sea of faces in the congregation
- Relationships form
- Most often the treasure somehow reinforces the Children’s Message
- Adults are “key” to unlocking the mystery of grace for children
- Children experience grace – free gifts of love – in the smiles and friendly comments of the people they meet, as well as in the treasure
- People of all ages discover that each person is a treasure to be appreciated
Pastor Chris approaches folks randomly before the service asking if they would like to be a key bearer for the day. Feel free to approach her. It’s ok to build familiarity with any child, if you volunteer regularly and feel free to follow-up and remind the child of your name other Sundays. Pastor Chris would also appreciate a volunteer to distribute keys.
“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me. Mark. 9:37
ASCENTRIA CARE ALLIANCE is requesting donations at this year’s New England Synod Assembly on June 9 & 10.
Please consider bringing donations for the individuals and families Ascentria serves. Your thoughtful donations will be shared with: refugees, including unaccompanied minors, older adults and the elderly, children, youth and families, persons with developmental disabilities, mental illness and deafness, those who are economically disadvantaged.
Items requested include:
twin or full size new blankets
twin or full size new sheets
gift cards: Wal-Mart,Target or grocery store.
Toiletry items (full size preferred)
Bar soap or body wash
Feminine hygiene products
Toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss