Creating a sense of community is critical for feeling like you belong in a congregation—or anywhere in your life. Now that our connections have become more complex because of our busy lifestyles and the prevalence of social networking on the web, how do you know if your connections are strong or weak?
As we, more frequently, use communications technology in faith formation, there are still some questions - and sometimes reluctances – that are expressed. A few (among others) are:
To explore the third question, leaders can utilize the following questions from Elementary CC’s For Evaluating Internet Sites (adapted by Maggie Roche with permission from Betsy Richmond, May Gibbs Memorial Library, Neutral Bay Public School).
Many of us are making our final plans for starting up our fall programming in our faith communities. Barbeques, picnics, bowling parties, ice cream socials, pizza night, and kick-off Sunday celebrations are all in the works and we are looking forward to the year ahead. In all of the excitement, it can be hard to remember that for many youth, there will be uneasiness, anxiety, and fear about the unknown. If a child has never been to youth ministry programs before, they may not know what to expect at all. If they have been, they may be wondering what will be different this year, will certain people come, will a different person talk to them, or what crazy stuff will the youth minister make us do this year. This kind of unknown, even if they have grown up in the church and have been excited, can make the first few months of the year so important.
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