Giving Love and Appreciation to All


May 09, 2022

By Sedona Harper

I have always loved is Community of Christ’s inclusiveness. The church does an amazing job of making people of different backgrounds feel loved and appreciated, regardless of gender, race, age, or sexuality.

A favorite memory of mine is getting together after church to make blessing bags for the homeless. We filled them with items like deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, some snacks, and other things. As a mission center, we have gone to Feed My Starving Children, an organization that packs food and sends it to less-fortunate countries.

Meeting new people at church camps is another favorite memory. These are friends that I will have for the rest of my life.

In my congregation we have a small group called Messy Church. It meets after the service for fun activities. All ages are invited. We have gone Christmas caroling to homes of people who can’t get out, have done hayrides, and have sung to people in neighborhoods. One of my favorite activities was around Valentine’s Day, when we made hearts with little notes to people. We would hang them around the church and pass them out to everyone.

Meeting new people at church camps is another favorite memory. These are friends that I will have for the rest of my life.

From my experience, people are free to be themselves in our church. For example, Harmony is a group for the LGBTQIA+ community and for people who support it. We also have donated money to Outreach International, helping empower less-fortunate communities.

In the future, I can see younger people attending the church. I believe people will start to feel more comfortable going to our church because of its inclusiveness, its love for all people, and its developing role in social justice.

About the Author

Sedona Harper

Age: 14
Congregation: Thunderbird West, Glendale, Arizona, USA

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