Did you know the Vision of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne is, “to make the Word of God fully known”? For many parishes the focus is on the families in their local area.

Matthew 18.1-14 gives us an understanding of why it is important for churches to think strategically about mission and ministry to children and families:

  • children belong in the kingdom of heaven and therefore in our churches;
  • the Church is held accountable for the spiritual wellbeing of children;
  • God has a constant and particular care for each and every child.

Deuteronomy 6 also gives us some strategic information: that faith in God is set firmly in the context of community and in particular within the nurture of the family.

Local churches have a strategic opportunity in ministry to children and families.

The three keys are:  the innate spiritual capacity of children; that new parents are at a “crisis point” because they are experiencing a major life change and therefore open to “divine possibility”; and that faith is most effectively nurtured within families, supported by a faith community.

There are many ways to connect with local families. As you think and pray through all the possibilities in your parish, you might find it helpful to ask for a consultation with your friendly Children and Families Ministry Facilitator: childrenandfamilies@melbourneanglican.org.au