Every Sunday School class now starts off with the youth helping to fill the bags of food for Trinity’s outreach program, “Backpack Blessings.” Every Friday, 40 food deprived students at Deep Run Elementary School each receive a backpack of food for the weekend.
The older youth are continuing their mission of “serving the Christ in ALL” that they started with the 30 Hour Famine. During that event, they raised enough money to feed 4 children in a third world country for a year. Now they are helping to feed children in our area.
In this Sunday’s Gospel, John 21: 1-19, Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves him. Each time, after Peter declares that he does love him, Jesus tells Peter to, “Feed my sheep.” Of course, Jesus meant more than just giving people food. He wanted Peter and the other disciples to spread His messages of love, hope, salvation, tolerance, mercy, and caring for others around the world. All lives matter. And the Sunday School youth are doing what Jesus told Peter to do.
During the Sunday School lesson, the students learned more about the fish as the symbol of Christianity and made fish out of beads and pipe cleaners. During the early persecution of the followers of Jesus, they used the symbol to secretly recognize each other. According to one ancient story, when a Christian met a stranger in the road, the Christian sometimes drew an arc of the simple fish outline in the dirt. If the stranger drew the other arc completing the outline of the fish, the strangers knew they were in good company.