posted May 15, 2013, 10:19 AM by Amelia Fannin
updated May 15, 2013, 10:19 AM by in apropos
a question that popped into my head: were there children present at the
events of Pentecost? 30 years ago we seemed take it for granted that
Jesus' followers were all men. But we know from the account of the book
of Acts that women were very active in the formation of the early
church after Jesus' resurrection, and surely they would have been
involved in his ministry before his death? I mentioned before that my
friend Amy Cook acted out the story of Jesus' appearance on the road to
Emmaus from the point of view of a woman who was the wife of the other
traveler. This made perfect sense to me. Maybe they were both wealthy,
their children not living with them, and they had both been drawn to
We also know that by the nature of his focus on justice and
equality, Jesus probably had many followers from the lowest strata of
society - slaves, servants, immigrants. These people would no doubt have
had their children with them- if you were poor, and were offered to
join a community that provides a free meal, wouldn't you be there? And
so I'm going to make the leap that when Jesus's followers gathered in
the upper room to celebrate the feast of Pentecost, there were children
there too. What would their response have been? I have two theories.
My first thought is that they would have been giddy with the
wonder and excitement of it all. They would have been both terrified
and thrilled at the flames resting on their heads, the mighty wind
whooshing through the room. They would have rushed from person to
person, seeing conversations and understandings take place that were new
My other theory, however, is that maybe it would have all
seemed quite natural to them. There is a story that my parents love to
tell. When I was four, and my brother just two, we took our ancient car
over the channel for a holiday in Yugoslavia. On our return to the
coast, the car broke down. Luckily my father had joined the equivalent
of AAA, and so we and the car were put onto a train for the journey
home. Apparently my brother and I spent the entire day-long journey
running up and down the corridors with children from a number of
different countries, somehow finding a way to communicate well enough to
play games, eat together, watch the world go by out the window, without
realizing that we all spoke different languages. "Out of the mouths of
babes and sucklings" indeed. We can learn so much from what amazes our
children, and what they accept without question, and wonder whether we
might learn something from the difference in their responses to the
world around them, and ours.
Sunday, May 19
Pentecost. Kids will stay for the first half of the service, to hear the gospel read in many languages. One Room Church School.
Sunday, May 25.
Memorial Day weekend - One Room Church School.
Sunday, June 2
Senior Sunday. We honor Seniors Bella Rao, Nick Reed, and
Derek Wong, and our wonderful church school teachers.
Sunday June 9
End of year picnic.