Once every month, I have the joy of going to dinner with friends from my childhood. This new tradition started about a year ago, yet, 12 dinners together later, we still manage to reminisce and laugh for hours about our childhood and teenage years. Of course, we have also spent this time getting to know each other again as adults, parents, and/or professionals. We all went wildly different directions over the last 20 years, but somehow, we find ourselves back in San Antonio, and several of us are even at the same church again. It was our childhood church that first connected us. Through it, we found commonality rooted in spiritual milestones. Those milestones mattered and contributed greatly to my sense of belonging among my local church family and the greater body of Christ, and they deeply impacted who I am today.
One such milestone we celebrate in the Methodist tradition is just around the corner. Third Grade Bible Sunday is October 16th. We will join in Combined Worship in the Sanctuary at 11am to celebrate together the gift of a Bible to each 3rd grader. Each Bible includes an inscription:
“This Bible is a gift to you from your church family. Look for Jesus throughout it as you read its stories of promise. Let these life-giving words be a reminder that you are loved by God, you belong in His family, and you are called to do His good work.”
Just as we did at their baptisms and will do again at their confirmation, we mark these milestones and pray they will create a solid foundation for their growing faith and relationship with Christ. I invite you to support 3rd Grade Bible Sunday with your attendance, your prayers, your financial gift, and/or a written blessing to the 3rd grader(s) you love.
Grace and Peace,
Director of Kids Ministry