Seven six-year-olds—Niko Van Geest DeGroot, Calum Goetzke, Matea Thiessen Unger, Frieda Nuss Hildebrand, Vito Stoesz, Nicholas Rempel Nighswander and Isabelle Heinrichs—received Bible story books in a church service focussed on children at Hope Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, on Sept. 13, 2015.
“The stories we tell and the stories we claim, shape our identity,” said Lynell Bergen, pastor of Hope Mennonite Church. “The stories from the Bible are a part of our life story—as individuals and as a congregation. We are thankful to be able to share those stories with our children, as we learn more about who God is through these stories and who God is calling us to be.”
Lyris Short Goetzke says her son Calum was so eager to get to church for the presentation he was awake at 7:30 in the morning; he could barely contain himself as he bounced on the couch waiting for his parents to get ready.
Nicholas Rempel Nighswander celebrated by writing on a piece of construction paper, “I have my own Bible and I love it.”