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God is lovely

Contest finalists tell us something about God

Kids tell us that God is a superhero, is nice and is strong. Our loving God likes people “in different colors” and brings us to “heaven for a reason.”

One youth offered this advice: We all see God differently, so "read the Bible to find out who he is to you." And don't forget: In God's eyes "we are all beautiful ... so look through his eyes and see what he sees."

These are some of the messages youth shared for the "Youngchurch" design contest. Kids sent us bookmarks with the theme: "If you could tell a person one thing about God, what would it be?"

In choosing finalists, we tried to select a representation of ideas from the 786 entries we received. We chose some of the artwork to share on these pages. The other finalists are:

Thomas Allard, 10, Grace, Long Beach, Miss.; John Anczarski, 14, St. John, Ringtown, Pa.; Robert Crawford, 10, St. Paul, Warren, Ohio; Deanna Dallas, 17, Emmanuel, Virginia Beach, Va.; Avery Dickinson, 7, St. Nicholas, Huntingtown, Md.; Brandon Fernandez, 8, Gloria Dei, New Hyde Park, N.Y.; Alliyah Greaver, 7, Christ the King, Yankton, S.D.; Mary Griebel, 14, Messiah, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Lindsey Haas, 7, St. Peter's by the Sea, San Diego; Julia Heidler, 7, and Jennifer Sabol, 12, Messiah, Fairview Park, Ohio; Evan Jackson, 2, Grace, Howell, Mich.

Blair M. Jewell, 12, Fairview, Gore, Va.; Vanessa Keckner, 14, Christ the King, New Brighton, Minn.; Cassie Kennedy, 6, Rejoice!, Omaha, Neb.; Sarah Lynch, 8, Trinity, Greenville, S.C.; Jennifer Mannix, 13, St. Matthew, Lancaster, Pa.; Kendra Olson, 9, Trinity, Mount Joy, Pa.

Darien Pepple, 7, All Shepherds, Dublin, Ohio; Megan Rose, 11, Grace, Wilmington, Ill.; Ivy St. John, 7, St. Andrew, Mundelein, Ill.; Jessica Simo, 6, Our Savior, San Bernardino, Calif.; Devin Stoker, 8, Our Savior, Westby, Wis.; Alyssa Soalzo, 9, Holy Trinity, Red Bank, N.J.; Bethany Veverka, 6, Messiah, Fairview Park, Ohio; Jill Wallace, 8, Mount Zion, Tionesta, Pa.; Sarah Weiss, 10, St. Peter, Brenham, Texas; and Jack Williams, 9, Holy Trinity, Hickory, N.C.


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