Embracing the Milestones of Faith
• Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts. Psalm 145:4
Passing on the Christian faith from generation to generation is at the heart of the life and work of the church. Creating rhythms through rites of passage, milestones are a tangible expression of a child’s spiritual maturity and an incredible way for us as a church family to celebrate, commission, and make commitments with one another. Milestones can bring clarity and intentionality to the process of discipleship by celebrating each one and resourcing along the way. Each milestone offers a time to gather, share and learn about God, faith, and each other.
Milestones are a form of Christian education that subtly and gently involves parents and other caring adults with the ongoing Christian education of children and students, while simultaneously engaging them in their own adult faith formation. Parents and caregivers are motivated by the delight they experience in seeing their children receive recognition, the blessings they receive in the form of prayers and love offered from the congregation, receiving gifts (a visible and physical reminder of the milestone and a resource for faith nurture in their own homes), and connections made with other families and wise elders who form a community of support. (Linda Staats – Lifelong Faith).
The extraordinary grace of God is hidden in the ordinary happenings of each day. It’s in the stories of families and friends that we receive our meaning, identity and purpose. We invite you to join us in this journey of faith through these Milestones.