In our children’s ministry we have a wonderful resource in a book our leaders have been using: 100 Things Every Child Should Know before Confirmation by Rebecca Kirkpatrick.
On May 20th, we will receive the confirmands into the church as members. While our youth may not know all 100 things, what makes this book so valuable is its format: after each item to “know” there are three steps:
- Plant the seed . . . there are suggestions on how to kick-start a conversation on this topic with your child/student
- Feeding the soil . . . addresses how we can nurture the seeds planted at home with parents, in the congregation and out in the community
- Watch them grow . . . offers potential next steps the young people can take in their faith as they build and expand on the concepts and practices planted in them at an earlier age
Maybe it would be nice to have a large fulltime church staff for youth to nurture them in the faith, but really it requires parents, church staff and church members in partnership with each other to prepare our youth for a life time of faith.
Please don’t assume it is solely the responsibility of the church staff. We need your input and help to ensure we are doing all we can to . . . teach our children well.
If you can read this and you “get” it,
THANK A SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER!