|St. Luke's youth wander in a grass meditation|
labyrinth. Raising kids in the faith can feel like a
similar experience of wandering and wondering
if you are heading toward the Center.
What do we want our children to know about being Christian?
-Basics of the Creed. Jesus Christ is the son of God. God is Holy Trinity.
-God wants to be in relationship with us.
-Life of prayer. How to connect with God. How to quiet and center yourself. Meditation.
-Empathy, compassion, and kindness to others.
-Golden rule. Do to others what you would have them do to you.
-Gratitude and giving.
-Awareness of others.
-Inward journey/outward journey. You need both an inner life of thought and prayer and outward acts of service and worship.
-Prayer can be words as well as listening.
-Some prayers should be memorized (Lord’s prayer, serenity prayer) so you can draw on them whenever you need them.
-Hymns and songs of faith help us express faith, come together in community, create holy space
-music: we want them to know music of faith, both classic and contemporary.
-community is essential. You can’t be a Christian alone.
-Some of us want our kids in Episcopal Church. Some are okay with them going elsewhere. What about Young Life…does that count?
-Sacramental: faith is tangible, not just spiritual. Sacraments teach respect, holiness, reverence.
-Bodies are sacred. When we take care of a respect our physical bodies, we revere the God who made us. Taking care of bodies includes diet, exercise, sexual activity and reproduction).
-We want our kids to know about forgiveness and reconciliation as part of Christian life.
-We do not have to be perfect. In fact, we are not perfect and we are forgiven.
-Don’t just follow rules by rote. We want our children to see that the rules are in service of the rule of God’s love.
-Faith is a lifetime project.
-Doubt is not bad.
-Life can be hard, and God is there when it is hard and painful, even though God may not take away all the pain and hurt.
-Resurrection and new life are real.