A Message From Pastor Margaret
Our Young People...Their Light and Sparkle Among Us
We are coming to the end of summer and are facing a new year with many new ventures and opportunities ahead of us. For parents and all caregivers of young kids, it means getting ready for a new school year, making sure they have all they need for the
classroom and other activities. I always feel
the need to tell parents and all those adults
who care for our kids, how much respect I
have for them, because of all they do to raise
and care for them. It is clear they do the best
they can, and sometimes during very difficult
The more I work with our young children in
church, chat with our neighbors’ kids,
interact with my nieces and nephews back
in South Africa, the more I recognize and
appreciate their importance in our lives.
They are our gifts from God, to cherish, to
listen to, encourage and guide in so many
ways. Our children light up our lives with their natural sparkle, their unfiltered expressions as they tell their daily stories, and share with us their special talents, which bring so much joy to our lives. They
are all so unique, with their own special needs as many parents and grandparents and caregivers would testify. We are all aware of the many pressures they face at school, and their extramural activities. In addition, the last number of years during the pandemic have not made it easy for our children, their teachers, and families. What an amazing privilege, and an incredible challenge to be there for them during a time like this.
The care and support from our church and all our leaders to our young have been amazing. This is evident in the many efforts to include them in our worship services through music, Sunday school activities, special Children’s services, Christmas activities and other events. Our church is a place where our kids can feel they have a spiritual home to come to, to learn about God, and to express themselves through various creative activities. It is a place of joy and fun where they are all welcome. It is truly a place where Christ’s teaching about the little ones is being lived out with love and care.
It is my hope that during this new year our church will continue to be a vibrant place filled with the sound of children’s voices, the little ones, and the older youth, and where they will be given opportunities to learn and grow into adulthood, carrying with them precious experiences from the Barre Congregational Church that feed their soul.
May our church also be a place where parents and caregivers feel at peace, knowing their children receive the spiritual guidance they need from our committed Sunday school teachers. May God bless us through the presence of these little ones and may we all be instruments of love and care for the least among us, as Christ would want from us.
Blessings to all of you,
Pastor Margaret Keyser