How do you know PJ the Elephant likes to go on a journey? You must read on to find out!
The children and teens of St. Clare’s are on a journey too, a journey of faith. We are excited to be on this journey with the kids and parents of St. Clare’s. Through Milestones of Faith, we will be celebrating faith experiences along the journey. With each milestone we have a celebration here at church and encourage families to honor and recognize these milestones at home.
Have you figured out the punch line to the joke yet? How do you know PJ the elephant likes to go on a journey? Because she always packs her trunk! The children and teens will be packing their trunk too as they go along the journey. Our trunks, or Faith Journey Boxes as we call them will be symbols of the presence of God in our homes, much like the Ark of the Covenant was to the children of Israel on their faith journeys. As milestones are celebrated a “faith stone” will be received to remember that phase of their journey. Along with these faith stones other milestone tokens, pictures, etc. will be collected in the Faith Journey Box. In other words, this box will be a representation of each child’s faith journey as they learn and grow.
This idea of celebrating faith milestones is nothing new. God often directed the people to build up stones to remind them of God’s place in their lives. Upon crossing into the Promised Land, God spoke to the people: “Take twelve smooth stones from here out of the middle of the Jordan…and lay them down in the place where you camp tonight. ….when your children ask in time to come, “What do those stones mean to you?” then you shall tell them…” Joshua 4