Yesterday I found my blue bullet journal which had been lost for the better part of a year. As I flipped through the pages, I came across notes from a workshop that I had attended a few years ago focused on visioning new ways to minister to families. Here are some of my notes. Sound familiar?
We are worried
- About the speed of change
- About keeping up with the amount of information coming at us
- Are we doing this right?
We are weary
- So much to do
- New expectations added every day
- Single parenting and co-parenting is exhausting
We are wired
- But how do we use technology wisely?
- How can we model & teach wise use to our children/youth?
- Can we meaningfully connect digitally?
Having children and youth in your household during the pandemic and social distancing can only exacerbate these fears and feelings. Not surprisingly, it also creates challenges for ministering to our children, youth and families.
Another page in my journal brought me up short. It said:
Another urgent message that is even more relevant to these times. So that’s what we’re going to do. Re-examine; Re-imagine; Re-create.
Look for a full list of our new Religious Exploration offerings listed in another article in this Heirloom. Your RE committee, with special help from other members who are stepping up, has created a slate of online offerings designed to connect with children and youth throughout the coming months. I’m in awe of their creativity and tremendous imaginations. And I am filled with gratitude.
Even if you can’t join us online for any of these new programs, you need to know this: you are enough. You are loved. We’ll get through this together.
Religious Exploration is going to be wonderful at Heritage — even online!
Won’t you join us?