Children's Christmas Program - Dec. 16 at 11am

Children & Youth Leading Refuge: The Timeless Story of Christmas!

Sunday, Dec 16 at 11am

This Advent, as we prepared to hear the story of the Holy Family taking refuge for Jesus' birth, we pondered together. What does it mean to seek refuge? What does it mean to provide refuge? And, what does it mean that again and again God assures us that God is our refuge?

For the last 5 weeks, ECLC children have been learning, pondering and preparing to share Anne Booth & Sam Usher's timely retelling of the cherished Nativity as a powerful story of refugees, through storytelling, music, art, and hands-on service learning.

This Sunday, December 16 the whole congregation will accompany and assist children & youth together in their role as worship leaders, helping to lead Refuge: The Timeless Story of Christmas during our 11am worship service. Please invite family and friends as we all continue to grow in our understanding of what it means to seek and provide refuge.

Why are the children wearing backpacks? Homeless people seeking refuge often carry their possessions in backpacks. We are asking children & youth to bring a backpack from home this coming Sunday, to wear during 11am worship. ECLC Mission Committee is going to provide each child with a culturally appropriate food item for our African immigrant friends, to be distributed through Community Emergency Service (CES).

Why does the manger scene look like a homeless shelter? The reality is that many homeless people are sleeping without a roof over their heads, even in the cold winter months. God calls us to see this reality, and to be agents of change. This year’s manger scene is a reminder to us all that Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were frightened refugees on the run from Herod, who relied on the kindness of strangers for shelter.

Why are there children’s shoes in front of the altar? These shoes are symbolic of children around the world, forced to flee their communities in response to chronic violence, poverty, environment displacement and lack of opportunities. We cannot ignore the heartbreaking realities of our world. These shoes remind us of our commitment to all our neighbors, especially to detained immigrant families and unaccompanied immigrant children.