Dear Parents of 3 year olds and 1st graders,
Every year, the Children’s Ministry at University Congregational UCC gives a Bible to our 3-year-olds and 1st graders. We are excited for your child to receive their Bible. We plan to present these Bibles to your children during worship on Sunday, October 8th. Read through this letter for information about the Bibles.
Would you like your child to receive a Bible?
We have a quick online sign-up to help us plan for how many to purchase and inscriptions. We would appreciate you signing up by September 24th. Here is the link: https://bit.ly/Bibles23.
3 year olds will receive “My Very First?Bible” published by DK Children. This Bible re-tells 25 favorite Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments with a modern sensitivity for today’s children and their parents and grandparents. My Very First Bible begins with the Creation Story and Adam and Eve and culminates in the story of Christ’s resurrection. Interactive panels help even the youngest reader engage in the stories – for example, picking out animal pairs in Noah’s Ark. Here is a link to a video about this bible: https://bit.ly/MyVeryFirstBibleVideo
1st Grade children will receive the “I Wonder: Exploring God’s Grand Story”?Bible.?It is written by author Glenys Nellist. It contains fifteen stories from the Old Testament, and fifteen from the New Testament. This illustrated Bible invites children to wonder about our great God, and to ponder how they are part of God’s grand story… because they are. Following each story, you’ll find three open-ended questions that invite children to ponder. For example: I Wonder… if God still whispers. Or, I Wonder… how far God had to bend down to reach the dust. https://bit.ly/IWonderVideo
For 3 year olds – once the child receives the Bible, we encourage the parents/caregivers to write a little inscription of your own in the Bible. Share a few words about how these stories, faith and God can be important in their lives.
For first graders – In addition to the Bible, your child will receive a letter from a congregation member who will share a favorite Bible passage and insights as to what scripture has meant to their lives. We also encourage you as a parent/grandparent/caregiver to offer a letter to your child to be presented along with the Bible. The letter can include your thoughts on scripture, your prayer for the place scripture will have in their life, and perhaps your favorite scripture verse and how scripture has inspired and informed your faith.
How to engage in the stories:
Keep it simple and engaging, establishing a ritual that works for your family. We also hope to have a few other resources to help your child and your family engage in scripture. Nurturing children in their faith life is such an important and special part of your life as a family, and for us a church community. We hope that part of this gifting and presentation offers your child the reminder that they are God’s beloved and helps them celebrate that they are a part of our community of faith at University Congregational United Church of Christ.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Again, please sign-up by September 24th. Here is the link: https://bit.ly/Bibles23.
Margaret Irribarra Swanson
Director of Children, Youth & Family Ministries