Connecting Children to God

Rachel delivering the evening session with as much energy and passion as earlier in the day! (Click to enlarge)

Rachel delivering the evening session with as much energy and passion as earlier in the day!


Posted on Tuesday 4 April 2017
Is visiting the church more like a trip to the dentist or IKEA? This was just one of the questions Rachel Turner, Parenting for Faith Pioneer at BRF asked us at the Connecting Children to God seminars held at Cambourne Church last week.

Rachel spoke from her considerable experience in the different roles of children’s pastor, youth pastor and families’ pastor about how we need to be ‘creating frames’ for children to see how they might connect to God. She explained the process that she uses to help children to connect and develop a meaningful prayer relationship with their heavenly Father. 

 

Throughout the sessions she used practical stories and anecdotes to help us reflect on how we might achieve this with the children we work with. She is an extremely engaging speaker who punctuated the seriousness of her topic with a sharp wit borne out of her observation of her own practice and learning. She offered further insight in her astute answering of questions. The sessions attracted 150 attendees who went home inspired by the event; ‘Fantastic content, really challenging and affirming’ and ‘Really inspiring and practical.’

And in case you’re wondering, dentist v IKEA? Sometimes we come away from the dentist feeling guilty because we haven’t done enough to look after our teeth. Visiting IKEA, in contrast, opens our eyes to lots of new and exciting ideas and things we didn’t necessarily know existed. Wouldn’t we rather families visiting or joining our churches had the latter experience?