By Christine V. Hides


The newest parody video from the Holderness family perfectly describes the schedule that is May for many families. With their signature humor and a bit of snark, they sing about end of year projects, concerts, and sports banquets—to the tunes of familiar Christmas carols. The video resonates because this is a season full of bittersweet moments: graduations, last days of school, end of season banquets, and scouting ceremonies.

Milestone celebrations enable us to mark life transitions. Yesterday we blessed our First Grade students who enjoyed their last Sunday in Godly Play. Next fall they will move up to a new Sunday school format and worship in Schmidt Chapel. We sent them home with one of the wooden people of God and a special blessing. We pray that as they become fluent readers who begin to encounter the Bible text that the rich symbolism, well crafted story-telling, and the wonder of Godly Play lingers in their hearts.

Yesterday we also commissioned high school youth going to Colombia on the mission trip. Last week we welcomed the newest confirmation class as members of the church. On June 2, the third graders will complete their Bible milestone, having learned Scripture by heart. Each milestone tradition gives the younger children a glimpse of what is to come and offers an opportunity for adults to recall our own memories.

As I complete my first school year at Kenilworth Union, I, too, am holding close the stories and memories shared within this community that threw its arms open wide in welcome. Milestones in my family include my daughter’s high school graduation and my commissioning ceremony as a United Methodist deacon.

These are abundant times. These are challenging times. These are blessed times. Thanks be to God.