Andrew Suderman teaches theology, peace and mission at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He also serves as secretary of Mennonite World Conference’s Peace Commission. Andrew […]
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how we pass on our faith to future generations. No matter what our age, there are those who are younger (children, grandchildren, younger church friends, coworkers, etc.) in our lives who we can mentor in faith. Today’s five things all help us pass on faith in one way or another.
1. Award winning books: In January, the American Library Association released its list of 2017 medal winners including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, and Pura Belpré Awards. Expand your world (or a child’s world) by reading these quality books that celebrate diversity.
2. The Journey by Francesca Sanna: A beautiful book about the choices and journey one family must make as they flee the turmoil and tragedy brought by war. A way to start the conversation about the current refugee situation and our response.
3. Miracle Man: The Story of Jesus by John Hendrix: Wtth striking illustrations, readers see the words, actions, and life of Jesus in a whole new way. Engaging for all ages.
4. Sticky Faith resources: At stickyfaith.org you can explore the Sticky Faith books, DVDs, and other resources to share an authentic “sticky faith” with your family. The websites include free newsletters, posts, etc. Sticky Faith Books by Dr. Kara E. Powell and Dr. Chap Clark include a family book, teen curriculum, youth worker editions, and a sticky faith service guide (Moving students from mission trips to missional living).
5. Helping with children’s programming: As we visited a new Mennonite church this past weekend, my husband and I visited the nursery and children’s classes to see where our little one might learn about God through others. We were struck by the number of adults who volunteer as teachers, helpers, substitutes and more. What an impact each of these adults has as they show God’s love to the little ones in their care.
This week’s post comes from Jennie Wintermote. Jennie is a native Kansan, an interim pastor, grad student, and director of the Western District Conference Resource Library. She loves reading, scrapbooking, and trying to figure out what it means to live out her faith every day. She also tries to remember to blog at prairieroseramblings.weebly.com.
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