Families, Children and Young People
On Thursday, 19th October, at 7.30 pm, I am holding an Open Meeting in the Parish Centre to discuss our ministry to, and work with, families, children and young people in our churches and across the Benefice. This meeting is for everyone and I know it will be greatly enriched by the breadth of experience we already have within our congregations, and the desire that exists to do more, well. Please come along and share good practice and experiences, and hopes and aspirations, for the future.
Ministry with families, children and young people can, of course, take many forms and inevitably varies from church to church, and parish to parish. We are already involved in some of this ministry and can highlight areas where growth is happening. Rightly, this is to be celebrated and affirmed. But there is more to do. Traditionally the main focus has been on Sunday mornings, with a strong emphasis on Christian formation. However, increasingly, churches like ours are exploring other ways of engaging in this work. Some examples include:
- All-Age Worship
- Choir(s) and instrumental groups
- Mid-week groups based in schools and churches
- Carer and Toddler services
- Messy Church
- Holiday Clubs and Fun Days
- Praise Parties
- Quiet Days
- Early Years groups
- Creative Prayer
Please pray for our ministry with families, children and young people and for this Benefice meeting. Please do come along if you are able do so.
With my love and prayers,