Milestones celebrated with the community:
Receiving a FaithChest at Baptism: at each Baptism the family is given a box with special items to remember their baptism and to store their Baptismal candle and gown.
Blessing of the Backpacks: at the beginning of the school year children and teens are invited to bring their backpacks and all adult educators to bring their cases/backpacks to be blessed and receive a symbolic gift to hang on their bags.
Bible Presentation: each September we celebrate a milestone in the lives of our young people with the gifting of a Bible to grow in God’s word. Students new to our programs, children transitioning from nursery to KidsWord, and children in grade 4 who all received Bibles. Contact Sue to receive your Bible if you were not at the celebration.
Blessing of the Animals: each October you are invited to bring your pets to sit with you during the 10 am service! All pets should be leashed or in a cage/crate. Alternately, you can bring a photo of your pet on your smartphone, or in a frame, or even a stuffed animal to be blessed.
Blessing Cup Celebration: every other year families who are interested in learning more about Communion engage in a multi week learning process together, culminating in a special Sunday morning service where their family Blessing Cup they have created is blessed and used at communion and then taken home along with a Family Blessing Cup Prayer booklet.
Confirmation: every other year, those who wish to reaffirm their faith can do so at a special service presided by our Bishop.
Graduation: each May, all high school and college graduates are honored at a special service.
Milestone Celebrations- Gifting and Blessing of Bibles and Blessing of the Animals
Four Elements of a Faith Milestone:
- Naming the sacred and ordinary events that are recognized in our daily lives
- Equipping brings generations together, builds community, invites conversation, encourages storytelling and provides information
- Blessing the individual and marking the occasion in a worship service and in the home
-Gifting is a tangible, visible item that serves as a reminder or symbol of the occasion being marked, as well as a resource for the ongoing nurture of faith in daily life
Kits to take home include:
Children and Youth: