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  • Writer's pictureRev. Amanda Robertson

November 2021

“In the beginning…”

Dear People of Good Shepherd.

This past Sunday, I offered the Godly Play lesson of Creation for the sermon. The livestream is still available online and I invite you to visit Facebook to hear a very familiar sacred story in a new way. You will also see creation represented in the costumes the children are wearing up front -- a fox, a large bunny and a shark, oh my!

Godly Play is a Montessori-based approach to biblical storytelling. We offer it at 9:30 am on the first and third Sundays of the month (November 7 and 21 this month). The children hear sacred stories from the Old and New Testaments, parables, seasonal and liturgical lessons about the worship traditions of our church. Our storytellers, Janice Gilbert and Lori Ray, share the lessons and invite the children--ages 3 through second grade--to wonder about them. The wondering is so important and it continues for a lifetime.

I wonder, “who first introduced you to the Bible?” That was the question John Shiflet asked of the group that gathered to discuss a Bible Study for adults and any youth who are interested. Starting on November 14 at 9:30 am, parishioners will meet every Sunday in the conference room for Bible Study. We are using a resource entitled The Path, a Journey through the Bible. Published by Forward Movement, the same group that issues Forward Day by Day, the Path is a study of Scripture using excerpted passages of the Bible.

We have copies available in Barbara’s office. There is no charge but please let us know if you pick one up. The materials begin, well, in the beginning...with the stories of creation. And we all, at every age, have much to discover about ourselves, the world around us, and the God who created it all. With joy (and wonder).


*Interested in learning more about Godly Play or becoming a storyteller? St. Martin’s In the Fields Episcopal Church in Columbia is offering a training on Saturday, November 20, 9am-12noon. Speak with me.

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