Grace and Peace,
Yesterday we celebrated my son, Llewellyn’s, second birthday. It was a hectic yet fun day as we blew out candles, celebrated, and opened a few presents. Yesterday Llewellyn reminded me of the importance of joy and celebration and how a gift can produce elation. I was reminded of the beauty of wonder, as Llewellyn sat in magical wonder as he stared at a ceiling filled with the moon and stars being projected from a turtle.
In a continuation from yesterday’s lessons I came across this article:
The article articulates the importance of children in our midst as a Christian community. The Church has done a pretty good job of segregating ourselves by age not only for worship, but also in much of our life together. I would argue that intergenerational relationships are crucial to the Christian formation of children, youth, and adults.
Sure, age specific teaching and formation is important, but it can’t be the sole way we do ministry. That is why I have been somewhat insistent that the 1st on Chatham community groups mix up kids and adults. I believe adults have much to learn from kids. I also believe the faith is often passed down through observation, imitation, and modeling and not strictly through teaching in a classroom setting. Is it louder? Yep. Is it messy? You bet. Is it beautiful? I think so.
This Wednesday, what are some ways we can be more welcoming of all generations within our community? What might we need to change or sacrifice? What have you recently learned from someone who is in a different generation from your own? How are we expected to pass on the faith if we aren’t in intentional relationships with those a different age from ourselves?
As we move into worship on Sunday we will be talking about the importance of invitation. I pray that we are continually becoming a congregation that is invitational to all generations. See you on Sunday with someone you have invited along.
Colin Snider, Pastor of Outreach Ministries