My daughter would start with the memorized prayer, then go “off script” and talk to God. She learned to pray.
Concentrated time with Jesus and a faithful, beloved community such as the ones formed at camp are important for all of us.
I’m an Episcopal Youth Event parent. It matters that I stop, hear my daughter’s story – and listen for what God has done in it.
My daughter is learning to trust her sense of herself and her vocation. So am I.
Sacrificial love is an embodied faith lived for the benefit of other people.
Adults talk a lot to children. We teach and tell, instruct and correct, admonish and encourage. What would we learn if we listened?
The call to go into the world in ministry in Christ’s name is for our children too. How can we help them grow into it?
I started to very intentionally work prayer into our daily conversation in ways that didn’t feel forced or hokey.
Adults have much to offer to teens, and teens have much to teach us. This is hard work. Let’s get started.
Two weeks ago, I wrote a blog post questioning whether or not kids should be forced to attend church. The feedback was overwhelmingly in favor of taking kids to church, for a variety of reasons. If we say we want kids to come to church, then stop engaging them, our actions don’t match up with our words. Just what are we prepared to do to keep kids, teens, and young adults in church?