As we approach the beginning of another school year, Bishop Ward encourages churches to celebrate and support students, teachers, parents, and school administrators.
And the Lord God said to Jeremiah, “Before you were born, I knew you. While you were in the womb, I consecrated you and appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.” And Jeremiah responded in wonder, “How can this be? I am only a little child.”
The Upper Room Disciplines for this week ask the probing question of us – how are we noticing the action of God in the children closest to us?
Thank you for your engagement with children in your church and in your community. Through Congregations for Children, C4C, and United Methodist Advocating for Public Schools, UMAPS, we are making a difference. We are helping children have the basic necessities they need to arrive at school ready to learn. We are helping them learn to read by the time they’re in the third grade, creating for them a foundation for all of their learning in life.
We are helping adults be engaged in healthy and wonderful ways with children and we’re learning more and more about the impact of poverty and adverse experiences on the lives of children. We are also advocating in the legislature of our state for policies that will strengthen public schools, support teachers and surround children with the nurture they need for learning.
Many children return to school in late August. I hope you in your congregation will find a way to celebrate the work of our public school teachers, administrators, and staff. Click on the link accompanying this video for a letter that contains a wonderful list of suggestions in this regard.
Together we are making a difference in the lives of children. God continues to call us from the earliest moments of our lives. We give thanks to God for sharing in this ministry.