|Published by Emily Tanis-Likkel on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 12:54 PM|
|Children and Youth|
We are so grateful for all those who nurture children and youth at Saint John's. In case you missed it, here is the video of The Children's Prayer of Thanksgiving:
Here are messages of thanksgiving and love from Marti and Julia:
Marti Rickel writes:
Thank you so much for the wonderful prayer cards, notes, and prayers beads. I will treasure them all.
I loved the video you made and the time and effort you put into making the prayer cards. It was lovely to see your art work and hear your voices, since we could not be together during this time. I really miss gathering with you in the Atrium, but I know this is the safest thing we can do right now. I know we will get to return to the church building on a regular basis in the future and until then, we are doing a great job of being the church in our own homes.
I made the decision back in September that I would retire from the Atrium in June of 2020. Because of the need to stay home, that really happened even sooner. I will miss being with all of you very much, but have prayerfully considered this and believe it is the right step for me. Children’s ministry at St. John’s will continue to grow and prosper and hopefully new faces will join the ministry of teaching.
My hope in the future is to spend more time on visitations with Bishop Rickel and that means going to other church services on Sundays. I will always love St. John the Baptist, but may not be there often.
Thank you all for being an important part of my life, letting me be a part of your lives, and for engaging in work with The Good Shepherd. Each time we gathered in the Atrium together, we shared in His love for us all. What a gift!
God’s Peace, Love, and Blessings,
Marti (Aka Miss Marti)
Julia Wight writes:
Thank you, thank you. I have been truly blessed to have spent time with the wonderful children at St. John's. They have taught me so much and strengthened me on my spiritual journey. I can't thank Marti enough for the outstanding job she did with Level 1 along with her full time teaching career and her role as the Bishop's wife.
I want to thank Jasmine for all her help and dedication and to all those past and present who were or are involved in the religious education of the most precious members of our congregation.
Thanks go to the members of the congregation who helped make materials for the Atria.
Thank you Kate and Emily for your loving support as we step aside to let you guide our children to fall in love with God and Jesus, the Good Shepherd who knows each one of us by name.
Finally, I want to thank all the parents and grandparents who trusted us with their children and sent them to us every Sunday.
God bless you and keep you. Make his face shine upon you and give you peace. Now and forever, Amen.