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Children and Youth Discussion with Cindy Spencer
June 28, 2015 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
It is time to hire our new Children and Youth Leader. Conversations include dividing this into two positions, the qualities and characteristics we need in a leader, our hopes and dreams for the on-going programs.
On May 3rd a group of 25 met with Cindy Spencer, former Diocesan Coordinator for Children and Family ministries to begin to shape our hopes for this program and the position. We shared our own childhood memories of church/of God: donuts, friends, acceptance, being an acolyte, learning about Jesus, singing, family, having to be quiet, not asking questions, or not being in church until adulthood.
Cindy shared what research has taught are predictors of faith: 1. Modeling by Mother, 2. Modeling by Father, 3. Discussions with Mother, 4. Discussions with Father, 5. Mission/Outreach and 6. Family Devotions.
She asked us to consider, “Who are we at St. Andrew’s?” that we want to retain: our partnership of generations, traditions of church year, willingness to have conversations, being kid-friendly, creativity, liturgy, playfulness……
Cindy will be returning on June 28th as we consider, “The desired children/youth experience at St. Andrew’s from birth to early adulthood.”