Tori reflects on recent feedback from two children in her congregation, and talks about the purpose of church. Worship services are a chance to explore our faith in community, as church-workers our goal should be to show our congregants, especially children, that they are valued in that space.
The Group of Six is a grassroots organization of six youth artists from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory formed in 2016. Over the years various youth members have created free resources for folks of all backgrounds to celebrate the rich cultural teachings and values of their community.
As many of us prepare services for September 26th with both Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30th) on our minds, we are wondering how to include our children into a time of reflection that can be difficult. Our dear friend Rev. Catherine T. Stuart, Regional Minister for Children, Youth and Young Adults for the three Atlantic Regions and Co-Minister for Ukulele Church.
This week we’re sharing a project from Rev. Stephanie Richmond and the communities of Greenbank UC and Seagrave UC in Port Perry (north east of TO). I invited Stephanie to share her community’s project with us because I hadn’t before heard of Sunday School being done in quite this way! Many communities have been trying to figure out safe ways to do family ministry (camp-in-a-box, take-home VBSes, Advent-at-home) but there’s just something about serving up a slice of Sunday School that appeals!
In the Hebrew Bible we hear about how God’s words is to be written on our hearts. This means we’re called to learn and internalize God’s story. This is something we hope to achieve over a lifetime, but there is a real gift we can give our littlest members as we invite them to begin this spiritual practice.