Yesterday’s report from UNICEF reminds us again about the importance of getting our priorities in the right order.
Family life, sharing time and laughter together, living
What can be done? From a policy-makers perspective it is surely important to focus on making our society a more equal place to live.
But as individuals, we need to take stock and think about the things that we really need to cherish – love, life, friends and family.
St Irenaeus said that the Glory of God is reflected in a human being fully alive. We are called to a full, abundant life (John 10:10). Far better to share with others rather than struggling to accumulate wealth or compensate our loved ones with gifts for our failures to be there for them.
We reported on what it means to Grow Up in Scotland in 2009. We asked children, young people and adults what can churches do to help.
Children's responses included:
(a) Provide clubs and outings
(b) Encourage children to come to Church
(c) More fundraising projects for charity (like people in poverty)
(d) Summer Sunday School
(a) Charity work
(b) Got to combat trend where one goes to Church as kid and then grows out of it.
(c) Fairtrade groups within schools
(d) Charity work – unique position with volunteers and fundraising
(e) Challenge dogged traditionalism which is very intolerant and dismissive of children
Adult responses included:
(a) Help create community
(b) Affirm people's real, honest experience
(c) Make sermons less boring
(d) Provide appropriate activities and improve quality of religious education
(e) Prophetic voice
(f) Enable young and old to listen to each other
(g) Listen, beyond paying lip service
(h) Make safe places for young people to hang out and ask questions
What is your church doing?