Small Churches: Part 2
|April 28, 2016||Posted by stchris under Uncategorized||
Another on the list of reasons Small Churches are Wonderful (and Vital) from a workshop that Bishop Chilton Knudsen lead for small churches is that they, “may not have a ‘children’s program’ as larger churches know it, but all children know they have a place and feel comfortable, and participate fully in congregational life.” St. Christopher’s hasn’t had a Sunday School in a number of years. We do not have some well designed acolyte training program for an army of children. We don’t have a summer vacation Bible school. We do, however, care deeply for the children who worship here and they know we do. We don’t have a program to teach the principles of our faith. But our children do learn from watching us acting on our faith.
Even from a very young age, the children who have worshipped here have taken their places as ministers of the church (we are all needed). We’ve had a gardener, an acolyte, hospitality, choir, even liturgical dancers pop up in worship, fellowship, and in outreach following the examples of the adults in community.
Children in the wider community – in our schools and neighborhood programs know of our care of them because people from St. Christopher’s show up for them and pay attention to their needs (see the post about the exercise balls below).
A church that is grounded in faith and mission can have a deep impact on the lives of children. We share our faith with our lives in relationship with those around us. Programs alone cannot do this improtant work without people.