By Christine V. Hides
“Parables are treasured gifts, given to us long before we were born,” we tell the children during Godly Play. Jesus used parables that continue to help us reflect on how we are to walk humbly with God on our faith journeys.
“The rains came down and the floods came up…” You may remember singing in Sunday school about the parable of the House on the Rock or the Wise and Foolish Builders, which we explored during yesterday’s chapel for second through sixth grade children. In this parable Jesus reminds us that a life of faith is built upon both hearing and practicing God’s word.
This ancient story connects with our modern understanding of teaching and learning based in both knowledge and experience. The Children’s Ministry Team continues to research and implement best practices of faith formation into every aspect of our programs. This work emerged from the November 2017 visioning meeting and continues today as we focus on six aspects of children’s ministry: teaching teams, inviting atmosphere, family faith formation, worship and sacrament, and curriculum.
Yesterday I hosted families of second graders for the Communion Milestone gathering, an idea that arose during the visioning process. This is the first time we held this event which focused on the meaning and practice of Holy Communion that might enrich our experience of Christ’s presence in worship and sacrament. This is just one of the many ways we are living into our vision of “multi-generational families practicing faith with enthusiasm.” Faith built on learning and doing. Faith built on the strong rock of God’s Word.