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Faith in action for April 8

April 8, 2011
Marshall Independent

St. Stephen Lutheran Church

Years ago, a 3 year old stood alone on a stage in a Lutheran Church basement. She began, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want." There in front of the preschool class parents and grandparents, she proudly recited the entire Psalm. I was that 3 year old! I now understand that besides learning to play with others and learning fun songs, I was also learning an important language - the language of faith. I got to begin learning at a very young age.

Years later, when I ended up as an elementary education major at Southwest Minnesota State University, I noticed how much I loved teaching preschoolers. As I walked out the door on my last day of preschool lab, I said, "Someday I will teach preschool."

I have thought often about this as my congregation (St. Stephen Lutheran Church) began the process of beginning a preschool program in our new education addition. In Matthew 19:14, Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs." I remember how much my preschool experience meant and how important these early years are for little ones. As a mother of young children, I look forward to this experience for my kids.

I am not alone. "Am most excited about the fact that talking about Jesus and praying will be part of their school day." said a St. Stephen member and a parent of preschoolers. "I can only imagine what an impact it would have on the children to hear about God's love every day at school along with painting, singing, making friends, playing games, and all the other things that make up a busy preschool classroom!" said another St. Stephen member.

The Christian faith will be taught formally and informally throughout each day. The preschoolers will learn Bible stories, they will learn about God's love and grace, and days will be centered around prayer. Not only will St. Stephen Preschool focus on the Christian faith, it will also provide opportunities for children to develop emotionally, spiritually, cognitively, socially and physically.

If you have a child who will be age 3-5 by Sept. 1 and are interested in learning more about St. Stephen Preschool, call Heather at 537-1516 or come to our open house from 56 p.m Tuesday, April 19.



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