In the Gospel According to Matthew, Jesus says, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.”
The Mustard Seeds program, held on Sunday afternoons from 4:00 until about 6:00, is a multi-generational program of education and fellowship where the younger children may experience “Messy Church”, the pre-teen may be involved in a service project, teens may be involved in preparation for confirmation, and adults may attend a Bible study or discussion group. There is a coming together for worship where children take an active part in the liturgy, and depending on the week, we share in reading a gospel story or Pastor Erik may lead the group in some fun songs. After worship there is a time for fellowship and the sharing of a prepared meal, potluck – or maybe pizza.
In addition to the “regular” Sundays, other Mustard Seeds activities have included: a Preposterous Pumpkin Party in October, a Blessing of the Animals on the Feast Day of St. Francis, a Christmas Eve pageant, Valentine’s for shut-ins, a Mardis Gras celebration, a trip to an apple orchard, and other fun activities for young and old alike.
The lowly mustard seed, whether it refers to the formation of faith or the formation of a faith community at “209”, reminds us that even the tiniest seed or idea can grow roots and spread its branches. Come and be a part of this growing community of faith, fellowship and fun.