Fred Rogers, “Mister Rogers,” is one of the most recognizable figures in children’s television. 2018 was the 50th anniversary of the first airing of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” which brought renewed interest in his work and life. Rogers was also a professing Christian and an ordained Presbyterian pastor. His faith showed through his commitment to teaching and caring for children.
As we live into the season of Epiphany, when we celebrate that Jesus is born to be savior to all and to show God’s love to everyone, how does Mister Rogers challenge us to hear that message? As we enter a New Year and new worship theme,”Love God and love neighbor,” how can looking at Scripture, with the help of Mister Rogers, guide us in our walk as disciples of Jesus Christ?
Pastor Mary and Lake Harbor’s Worship Connections Team encourage you to take advantage of some wonderful resources. We look forward to showing more about him in worship.
- Movie trailers: “Mister Rogers & Me”; “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Note: Rating is PG-13; and “Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like.” They are worth viewing in their entirety.
- Google created a stop-motion, animated video Doodle, “Celebrating Mister Rogers,” to be a reminder of the nurturing, caring, and whimsy that made the show feel like a “television visit” between Mister Rogers and his young viewers.
- Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood website
- Articles: “The Surprising Success and Faith of ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’“; “Five Lessons Mr. Rogers Taught Me About Being A Grown-Up“; and “Good Neighbor Lessons We Learned from Mr. Rogers“