Letter to the Congregation Concerning The Nursery

by Lisa McCowen

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 19:14

Dear Holy Trinity Church family,

Think of the people in your early life that were physical examples of God’s love to you at church, people who read you stories or were a loving presence.  There is an opportunity for you to offer the same to our littlest members.  

You may have heard about some changes in our nursery care for little ones.  We are moving from nursery as a childcare service to our vision of the nursery as ministry, the beginning of catechizing little ones, showing them the love of Jesus and speaking the Word of God over them.

Parents and other adults of the church are significant in implementing this vision.  We are asking families who use the nursery to serve once a month and we looking for more adult parishioners to serve, too!  We will equip you; there will be resources ready: simple printed Scripture prayers for parents to pray over the children based on the lectionary Gospel reading for each Sunday.  (see below)

Church family, please prayerfully consider how you can support this ministry.  Your willingness to serve is a gift to the parents of young children, many of whom are actively serving our church in a variety of ways (here’s looking at you, Groves, Barfields, Bonners, etc.!).  If you are interested in serving once a month or even being on the substitute list for a last minute need, please contact Lisa McCowen.

Grace and peace to you,

Lisa

Example of Scripture prayer from this week’s Gospel reading (John 14:15-21)

Lord, may these children know Your Holy Spirit, may He abide with them and be in them.  May grow in their knowledge and understanding of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  May they grow to know, love and keep your commandments.  May they know the love of the Father and the Son; reveal Yourself to them Lord.