In 2015-2016, Sunday School at St. John’s will begin with Children’s Chapel service in the fellowship hall. Children’s Chapel will be held every week at 10 a.m. sharp. Father Joseph will lead Children’s Chapel on approximately one Sunday each month. On other weeks, a Sunday School teacher will deliver the message for Children’s Chapel. After this service, children will be dismissed, along with their teachers. They will have a Sunday school session downstairs, in age-divided classrooms, before returning upstairs for Communion with the congregation.
On Sunday, September 20, Father Joseph Constant led Children’s Chapel.
Children’s Chapel opened with three songs. We hope to hear the children singing during the Festive Eucharist celebrating Father Joseph’s installation on October 18.
Father Joseph greeted the children and read the Gospel passage appointed for that Sunday, Proper 20: Mark 9:30-37. Then, he invited one of the children to read the same Gospel passage aloud from a children’s Bible. Father Joseph stressed the great love Jesus has for children.
Father Joseph invited the children to say what they hope to be, or a person they hope to emulate, when they grow up. “President of the United States” and “Martin Luther King, Jr.” were popular choices. We discussed the importance of service to others in living a good life.
Two children joined Father Joseph in a demonstration of the Gospel principle, “the last shall be first.” They held a foot race, and Father Joseph awarded a trophy to the child who came in second.
Ms. Mary Abe, Sunday School director, closed the chapel service with a prayer that thanked God for each person present by name.
On October 4, Father Joseph led Children’s Chapel again. The service opened with children’s hymns. One of the students read aloud the Gospel passage of Mark 10:13-16, which includes Jesus’ well-known quote, “Let the little children come to me.”
October 4 is World Communion Sunday, when we remember our Christian brothers and sisters in other countries. In honor of this day, Father Joseph showed the children his home country of Haiti on a map. He taught the children a greeting in Haitian Creole:
“Sak Pase,” (pronounced Sahk pah-say) which means “How are you?”
The response is “Nap boule,” (pronounced Nahp boo-lay) which means “I am well.”
Father Joseph encouraged the children to greet him with “Sak pase” in the future.