The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven
by Abraham Park
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
The first Preschool Chapel was held last Wednesday, August 22. Led by Father Greg and Mother Jenna, almost seventy attendees consisting of staff members, children and parents joined to mark the start of the new preschool year.
“We tell parents that the preschool is not separate from the church,” said Heather McAbee, assistant director of the preschool. “Even though it’s not a requirement that children go to the chapel, it’s an important part of what we offer.”
Holy Trinity Preschool has been available for twelve years, serving dozens of families and children. Currently home to approximately sixty kids, it provides a safe learning refuge for children and families anywhere from sixteen months up to four years old. Preschool chapel, and the message it brings, is an integral part of their curriculum, aimed at bringing the love of God to the youngest members of Holy Trinity’s family.
It should be noted that the chapel service is unlike most other services offered. Aimed at inspiring and encouraging the children, it’s a service consisting more with singing than a deep focal message.
“It’s a lot shorter and it’s more singing. He [Fr. Greg] tells it as a story and not a sermon so that kids can understand it,” says Heather. “He does bigger hand motions and things to keep their attention.”
It’s simple, but it works whereas long homilies and sermons never would.
And maybe that’s all that’s needed. In a world built on complexity and greater and greater things, sometimes the very best choice might be to humble yourself and go to the children.