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The Rev. Lee Dorsey
Affirmation of Faith: In a world awash in violence that creeps into the awareness of everyone, children seem most innocently helpless. A ministry that reassures each one that they are God’s creation, that God loves them, that God hears their prayers and blesses them is a ministry whose time has come to fullness.
Children can tell us about their concerns if we learn how to listen to them and provide them with many ways to express themselves in an atmosphere of trust and acceptance. Children will pray their own prayers and the prayers of the church when given the opportunity.
Teaching and learning are integral to our developing an identity as Christians. It takes place through liturgy and music; in classrooms and at home; during study sessions and church suppers; in the hallways and on mission sites. Whenever the community gathers, teaching and learning are taking place.
In the words of a familiar song from our childhood we proclaim the essence of our faith.
Jesus loves me
The Bible tells me so.
(Quoted and Adapted from The Blessing Center website and used at Faith Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, IN.)
I had another wonder-filled experience this morning. At our 3rd chapel time, the 21/2 year old class, 8 of the them, circled around on the floor, crisscross applesauce, in front of our worship table.
At the close, after all had received a blessing, several children said "It's your turn." I responded, "I'm blessed by each of you."
As children are lining up to leave, 2 1/2 year old Amoris comes to me, puts her finger in the healing balm that I'm holding, draws a line on the back of my hand and with her deep dark eyes she looks into mine and says “created!”
I received a blessing beyond all measure...a little child in our midst leading.
for sharing your wonderful preschool chapel time ministry... Now it's spreading
Davison United Methodist Church
Blessings! I was so happy to receive the Blessing Center news.
On Thursday, I will be sharing blessings, balm, lambs and blankets with the CE director at my new church. I shared the essence of BBSN/HL with her at a recent staff meeting and she is delighted to introduce holy listening and prayer into her classrooms and children's chapel. I started using a candle ritual and introduced holy listening at my first meeting with the youth group last night. Stones and prayer beads are in the "plans" for coming weeks together.
I am learning to
live in Sabbath rhythms and am very sure that the slower pace is what I am to
bring to this new appointment--a suburban church filled with very busy
professionals and over-scheduled children. It is a comfort to be able to take
the time to listen for God and not get caught up in the frantic pace of the rest
of the world. It isn't easy, but it is worth it.
member of our "Mothers and Others" group here at Christ
Presbyterian Church, gave me a booklet to read through (Baby Blanket
Booklet) with the idea of creating one with our church name, etc.
I understand the booklet was created to
give to new mothers along with baby blankets. I was
quite moved by the concept, the prayers, the blankets, and
the power I could feel in the rituals. Lisa told me you were most
generous in "passing it on" and allowing other churches to use the
I looked, saw, read, marveled at the renewal and hope inherent in the theology and the descriptions of this ministry of walking with children as the newest blessings from God. The theology of prepositions (do to - do for - do with) struck me.
Blessing Center Blessed Jim
My wife, Gail,
handed me a brochure one evening and stated, “This is a new ministry that the
church is thinking about, and you might want to read it.” I was just glancing at
the brochure not really reading it, when I read, “Finger and Toes Blessing
Prayer” - this got my attention. I read and reread the booklet, Praying With
Your Baby: A Spiritual Journey, by the Rev. Leanne Ciampa Hadley. Thinking about
what I had read I realized that if parents prayed with their babies under the
guidance of this little book, that CHILD ABUSE would go away. I told my wife
that if the Church starts this ministry I will buy a baby blanket for every new
born child in our Church.
Davison United Methodist Church