Children and Young People in Christian Congregations
"God's building a house that's alive, a house of lots of colourful stones, of large and small ones, a house that's living." This guiding principle is made up of living stones, so to say from people and places in Holy life. A congregation is only really living where people meet, experience their faith together and participate in the community.
It's all the more important to create opportunities for meetings where even the younger members, the children and young people, feel comfortable and secure so that a strong community can grow through them.
Alongside visiting Church services congregational life like this should offer a variety of regular trips, events, and age-appropriate offers. Examples of special meet ups for children and young people can be Children Bible Days or Children and Young People Bible Weeks during which the next generation can get to grips with the background of their faith and the questions of life. In this way, they're among each other and at the same together time with other congregation members. These other congregation members are often of a younger age themselves and are therefore seen as that bit closer to the children and thusly a more approachable figure.
Free-time for children, young people and families is also a way to enrich congregational life.
For young people, being confirmed is also an important milestone in reaching adulthood. Then, they can consider questions of faith and put these into the contexts of their own lives.
Materials for Youth Work
The person responsible for free-time activities for children and young people has a very important and equally demanding task. Young people can be a handful. They want to be challenged again and again and need to be spoken to in an age-appropriate way so that faith remains something exciting for them.