February: Will You Witness...


After all have been presented, the Celebrant addresses the congregation, saying,

“Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support these persons in their life in Christ?” BCP Holy Baptism

Have you ever replied  “We will.”? The witnessing and participation in the service of Holy Baptism is one of the most joyous and serious responsibilities we have as Christians. It is our promise to one another that we will do all in our power to support one another. The first step in that support is welcome, creating an environment where children and their parents are full members of the community. I can feel that welcome here at St. Andrew’s and it is a privilege for me to come and be a part of your church community.

Part of my job is “family formation,” and there is a reason that this title isn’t “children’s minister” or “director of education.” The focus of my work won’t be only children and I’m not planning to direct anyone. I hope to help coordinate ways for all of us to live into our baptismal covenant of supporting one another as Christians on a journey together. A congregation that welcomes families with children is a sign of a community filled with hope and joy.

Each of us has unique gifts to share and different talents for service. It is my hope that some of you may have an interest in exploring your gifts for teaching and mentoring. There is no requirement to be a Biblical scholar, a seasoned teacher, or even a parent. The only requirements are an open mind and a happy heart. The growing St. Andrew’s Sunday School program needs people to share their experience you, so call me and let’s visit about where you fit in—connect with me via email or call the church office at 713-861-5596.

Sunday School classes for pre-K through 2nd grade, 3rd through 5th grade and youth meet from 9:30-10:20 on Sunday mornings. At least four teachers for each class ensures that no one feels overwhelmed by the commitment.