Under the motto “To weave the future” a conference was held in early June in Jarvänpää / Finland, the European Conference of leaders in Christian work with children.
Delegates from 15 countries and a variety of churches and associations worked to Christian faith can be shared and discovered in various contexts with children as it is today.
The question of the experience of children was taken with the content of holiness in the Church and faith through the presentation of the Finnish theologians. Churches and communities are therefore for children places where they have encounters with the Holy. These children’s encounters must be enabled, and the task of the people in the churches and communities is to experience God, make the children to give enough space. In consequence of the saying of Jesus are children, even for today’s fractured community messengers of God’s kingdom.
Rev. Paulina Kainulainen, the chaplain in a seed community in Lapland, explained to the delegates that responsibility in environmental issues in working with children is actually key in reaching them today. She took a quote from the Orthodox Batholomäus Patriarch, who has interpreted climate change as a symbol of ethical and spiritual disorder. Many young people living today fear that their future is already extinguished. This fear had the redeeming experience of Christian hope are set against. In order for children and young people can find that hope, it was important that the full dimension of Christian redemption that has everything created in view, is rediscovered. Kainulainen recommends that what is about to practice the work of Wesley Scouts: “Bring children to nature”!
“Open the Book”
An impressive report by Martyn Payne, Consultant for “Messy Church” in the Church of England, of the now more than 1,200 communities, where the practice of this new approach to family work. In addition to this imagined Alison Hendy, like “Open the Book” to offer to lay a nationwide elaborated curriculum schools, with children to discover weekly Bible stories and to work out. The quality of these lessons have now convinced many principals of public schools to set new standards with this concept in the religious education of children.
Methodists were represented as delegates of the English children’s and youth work, and by Kathrin Günter Mittwollen and Loos, who had been delegated by the KJW North and Central Committee of the Children’s work. ECCE has revived the tradition of the World Sunday School Federal since 1970 and will invite them to three years in the area of London for the next meeting.