St. Anne’s is an old congregation—no, I don’t mean that the building is old or that it has been there a long time—I mean the people are old. But we are growing younger, thanks to the tireless work of our youth minister. There are more than 40 children and young teens in active attendance and service, this morning I counted more than a dozen parents in the congregation.
Instead of our usual “coffee hour” after the second Mass, we were served a meal of baked ziti, green salad and garlic bread; and the children were encouraged to sit at the tables with adults who were strangers to them. Each child had a prepared a piece of bright pink paper on which they had written their names, ages and their most and least favorite activities as a basis for conversation. I was honored to sit with two other women and four delightful children. One mature little 11yr old shared that her mother had died a couple months ago (she will be on my short list for daily prayers)A bright talkative girl (about 7) loves to swim. A 9 yr. old boy stated that his least favorite activity is getting out of bed on school days (I think that we can all agree on that!), while another’s least favorite is tying his shoes. I peaked under the table , sure enough, one shoe was tied while the other dragged brilliant red laces behind!
Thanks Coach Jerry and team. This was a delightful idea. Let’s do it again—and often.
Pauline Ullrich Larson --- Member of St. Anne’s Episcopal