What Matters for Children and Families | Engaging Six Vital Themes of Our Faith (Proctor)

What Matters for Children and Families | Engaging Six Vital Themes of Our Faith (Proctor)


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What Matters for Children and Families is patterned after What Matters to You? Matters to Us, a resource developed by the Congregational Vitality Initiative of the United Church of Christ (UCC), providing essential reflections on core themes of the UCC.

Eight writers, representing several different family heritages, created this edition especially for church leaders, parents, and caregivers who minister to children ages 12 and younger. It will teach them how to initiate meaningful conversations through which children can grasp the vision and values of the UCC.

 Six central themes invite engagement:

1) We Are People of God's Extravagant Welcome
2) We Belong to Christ
3) We Are One at Baptism and the Table
4) We Are People of Covenant
5) We Thank God by Working for a Just and Loving World
6) We Listen for a Still-speaking God

Includes Bible stories, questions for reflection, suggestions for children's literature that illustrates core UCC values, ideas for family activities, and prayers that reflect the diversity of the UCC.

is a former educational consultant with the Worship and Education Ministry of Local Church Ministries, United Church of Christ (UCC). Proctor has served as an intentional interim pastor in congregations of the Missouri Mid-South Conference, UCC, and was on the regional and area staff of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Mid-America for 10 years. He has written more than 20 articles published in denominational and church education journals. His book, Growing through an Effective Church School, was published in 1990.

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