As we are looking toward the fall and some cooler weather ahead, I can’t help but reflect on the first summer I have had as the Interim Director of Children’s Formation with the wonderful children of Grace-St. Luke’s. What a beautiful summer we have had for seeing old friends and making new friends, all the while learning about God’s great compassion for all of us. Our Vacation Bible School theme this year was “Compassion Camp: Changing the World with Lovingkindness,” and I have no doubt in my mind that these children will change the world! In fact, I think they already are.
I am happy to announce that I will still be around this fall and through this next year to continue in the role of Director of Children’s Formation. I am so excited to see what this next year brings in the world of Children’s Formation and I can’t wait to get to know everyone better! We have some exciting plans as we explore some new children’s and family programming ideas and reimagining what it can look like for the families of GSL.
I have loved meeting the families here at GSL through VBS, at church, and through a parent social we had. As we get back into the rhythm of the school year, I am looking forward to meeting so many more families and hosting other events that can bring the church family together. Some of these events I am looking forward to are Rally Day, our Newcomers Party in October, fall socials with crafts and games, church concerts, the return of Trunk-or-Treat, and others!
Children’s Formation is planning to begin again after Rally Day on September 12! We are looking into different programs and discerning what would be best for our children and our congregation. Our formation time will be from 9:30-10:15. Any children who would like to stay for Children’s Chapel during the 10:30 service may do so. We are also working on opening the nursery back up for our youngest church members and we would like to start having more childcare offerings during other church events. We know that all members of the church need to have a place where they feel connected, and the Children’s Formation goal is to get some of that connection back this year!
Mary Shea Quach
Director of Children’s Formation
msquach [at] gracestlukes [dot] org