Did you know the Vision of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne is “to make the Word of God fully known”? That means we see ministry for children, young people and families as an important part of who we are. Jesus offers a living relationship with God to all people of every age!
Many parishes provide a great variety of welcoming activities for the families in their local area. Matthew 18.1-14 gives us an understanding of why it is important for churches to think carefully about mission and ministry among children, youth and families:
- children and youth belong in the kingdom of heaven and therefore in our churches;
- the Church is held accountable for the spiritual well-being of children and youth;
- God has a constant and particular care for each and every child.
Deuteronomy 6 also gives us some helpful information: that faith in God grows in the context of community and in particular within the nurture of the family.
Adolescence is often a challenging experience for everyone as teenagers become adults. Faith and the support of a community or group of young people can help teenagers navigate this period of change. Parish youth ministries can help young people to identify their strengths, find meaningful purpose and team up to support important causes.
If you wish to know what is available in your local area for young people, families and children, please, contact your local parish, the Children’s and Families Ministry Facilitator or the Youth Ministry Consultant.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
or the Youth Ministry Conusltant: email@example.com