By Caroline Park
Seasons give us rhythm and teach us about balance, letting go of control, and harmony. Over the years of leading the children's and youth ministry, I have come to really appreciate the wisdom of seasons. We learn what we live out, especially children.
One of those big seasons in the Church calendar is coming up. This Sunday is the first Sunday of “40 Days of Faith,” which is what we call Lent at the River. For families who want to partake in drawing closer to God through this season, here is what we have prepared:
This Year’s Theme: “The Upside-Down Love of Jesus”
During the Sunday RiverKids and RiverYouth sessions, we want to take a deeper look at Jesus’ love . . . how boundless and radical it is. Because of Jesus’ kind and gentle ways, we often forget how radical his approach to faith and life was. And that’s why people, including his own disciples, were constantly confounded by his words and actions. The world’s understanding of the strong and the weak, the rich and the poor, the greatest and the least, the righteous and the humble, are put upside-down in Jesus’ love.
During the next 6 Sundays, starting this Sunday, we will hear the stories of Jesus and ponder the Upside-Down Love of Jesus.
How to Celebrate the Season as a Family