Over the past months we have been developing a new model of spiritual formation for our children and youth and today in worship we introduced the model to our entire community of faith. Our hope and goal is to root our children and youth more deeply into God’s narrative and to do this in the context of life giving relationships with adults who are growing in their own relationship with Jesus Christ. This statement from Catherine Stonehouse and Scottie May, from their book, “Listening to Children on the Spiritual Journey” reflects our heart and prayer:
“We long to see them meet God and get to know God, not just know about God. Children experience God as they enter the stories of Scripture and see God in action, discovering God’s character as the story unfolds and as they hear their self-revealing God speak to them in the narrative. They get to know God when we, children and adults together, celebrate the wonder and mystery of God’s plans and God’s ways.”
After our opening music set, I did a first person account of Simon Peter (based upon Luke 5:1-11) and then we included all of adults in one of our learning environments for children and youth. There was a ton of energy as children, youth and adults together explored the wonder and mystery of Jesus’ call on Simon’s life to follow him and and join him in the work of fishing for men, women, boys and girls. At the end of our gathering we regathered in our worship space and each group shared what they had learned about God and themselves through this narrative.
How are you helping children and youth live more deeply into God’s story? How do you create space for children and youth to explore God’s Word? I would love to hear about what is happening in your faith community .
Our music set included:
- Joyful (Brenton Brown and Jason Ingram)
- Your Love Never Fails (Jesus Culture)
- I Will Follow (Chris Tomlin, Jason Ingram, Reuben Morgan)
- Came to My Rescue (Hillsong)
You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.