“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Children’s Stewardship Envelope Program

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Stewardship is not just for adults. Even children have wonderful gifts to give. It is also extremely important that young people learn to realize that they are greatly blessed by God and that God, in turn, asks them to share their blessings.

Unfortunately, in today’s world, children are bombarded with materialistic messages that often lead to a sense of entitlement and to frustration and dissatisfaction with life. I think it is important that in church our children hear a different message. They need to hear the stewardship message. Stewardship encourages an attitude of gratitude. Stewardship teaches children the difference between needs and wants. Stewardship can help kids find peace and joy in a crazy world. Kids need to hear that God has already given them many unique and special gifts. They need to hear that Jesus loves them just as they are. And they need to realize that they even have something to share with the rest of the world.

What is the purpose of the Children’s Stewardship Envelope Program?

The Children’s Stewardship Envelope Program will allow our children to share how they have used their God-given time and talent and to place their own gifts to God in the Offertory basket each week. The purpose of this program IS NOT to raise more money for our parish. The purpose is to teach the children the joy of giving and the fact that they need to give back to God out of gratitude for all that God has given to them.

Each envelope has a space for their weekly offering to God of TIME, TALENT, and TREASURE. Examples of your child sharing gifts of time and talent could include cleaning up their room, helping mom set the table, playing soccer, or helping a friend. We DO NOT expect you to supply your child with the money that goes in the envelope. It is more important that a child puts in a nickel, dime, or quarter from his or her own allowance and feels proud of that contribution than putting in five dollars from mom’s or dad’s wallet.

Where do I get envelopes for my child?

The Children’s Stewardship Envelopes will be available on the Welcome Table in Commons. Soon, we hope to provide a way for you to order envelopes to be mailed to your home.

What do we do with the envelopes?

Each week, during the Preparation of the Altar and Gifts at Mass, children will be invited to come to the altar to place their envelope in a basket that the celebrant will have for them. Of course, if a child is shy or uncomfortable about coming to the altar or if your child does not attend those masses, he or she may also place the envelope in the baskets that are passed through the congregation at any mass.

 

 

The Stewardship Council hopes that you and your family are as excited about this Children’s Stewardship Envelope Program as we are. Please feel free to contact the Parish Office or e-mail Jackie Bogart, Chair-Stewardship Council  if you have any questions.