THE CHURCH’S ROLE WITH THE MUSTARD SEED
The Congregation is committed to providing a safe, well-equipped facility for the education of our community’s children. It is the Church’s intent to do everything possible to provide a well-trained staff of caring individuals to lead the Center’s educational program and to provide an atmosphere that fosters learning and self-motivation. The Congregation is also committed to providing the opportunity for children to grow in spiritual awareness. Through the great biblical stories, the ten Commandments, and the teachings of our Lord, the Center will seek to assist children in developing an understanding of, and an appreciation of the fact that we are all part of God’s great creation. The Church wants them to learn through interaction with other children and adults that God loves his people and seeks the best for all of them.
A weekly chapel service will be held in the main Nave of the church. The service will center around a biblical teachings, such as the Ten Commandments or our Lord’s command to “love one another.” However, the Center will not attempt to indoctrinate children into the theology of the church. The goal is strictly to help children understand that they are “special” and that God has created them to live in peace and harmony with one another.
We chose to name our center The Mustard Seed out of respect for the scripture passage found in the Bible in the Book of St. Matthew, at 13:31-32: “Another parable he put before them, saying “Kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field; it is smallest of all seeds but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make a nests in its branches.” This passage wonderfully describes the hopes and dreams of the people of St. John’s for the Mustard Seed Early Learning Center. It is our belief that God has given our Congregation this tiny seed, and has called upon us to plant it and care for it diligently believing that one day it will grow into something great in our community.