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October 2019 Family Ministry By Kathy E. Smith

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“Let it be a dance we do, may I have this dance with you? Through the good times and the bad times too, let it be a dance!” ~ From Let It Be A Dance, Hymn 311 in Singing the Living Tradition 

Whole Church Faith Development –  What’s that Got to do With Halloween? 

It’s October again already! And the annual UCBR Halloween party is coming up in four short weeks.  I hope you’re planning to come (whether or not you have children in the program right now).  This is for the whole church!   

How?  Part of our church mission is “one community – a better world”.  Creating a celebration for and with each other builds caring relationships across generations in a life-giving spiritual community.  Those relationships in the congregation bring us joy in the good times but also support through hard times. 

Faith development includes rituals, both sacred and lighthearted. The Halloween Party is full of rituals – roasting marshmallows around the fire pit, sharing creative costumes, carnival games, the teens’ haunted house, the cake walk.  All of these weave into the shared good times of the Halloween party, creating shared memories and deepening community.  

The seasons of the church year in our worship services and Sunday morning classes are reflected in the social life of the church.  The Halloween Party, Chalice Feast, Tree-Trimming Party, Christmas Pageant, Mardi Gras Gumbo Cook-off, Crawfish Boil, Easter Egg Hunt, Ingathering – these are part of our liturgical year as much as the worship services that surround them.  They help weave the fabric of our community.  As we go through the year together, this fabric wraps around us, young and old. It is faith development through community building.  Feeling like you belong is a vital part of being part of a church.   

Social action is faith development too.  Our cake walk is fun and delicious. The proceeds from the tickets ($1 each, $5 for six) are donated to living out our mission in the world – to help those in need and care for the interconnected web of life. 

Our Halloween party has some awesome traditions already. This year we’re adding some open-ended crafts and play for our youngest, and a cook-out feast for everyone!  All of this takes a community to make it work.  If you’d like to help with a game or bake a cake for the cake walk, sign up with Tamara Hebert. If you’d like to bring a dish for the community feast, sign up with Audrey Alem.  Come engage in whole-church faith development and have a grand time doing it!