Recently, I’ve gotten to know another simple church in the Portland area. Formerly a more traditional fellowship, Emmaus has decided to downsize to a house church in a local apartment complex with plans to multiply into a network similar to The Summit Fellowships.
The day I visited, there were a number of the regulars who were either called into work or were sick. 20+ people would have been there if all had been able to show up at the same time, including as many as 17 kids! Not surprisingly, Emmaus has become skilled in involving the young ones. Below are some pictures of the activities the fellowship had prepared for the children, including a short video from the Bible Project (see the “Learning as a Group” link at right. Also, there was a demonstration worthy of a science class, working together on an ongoing prayer journal, and finally a celebration with bubbles.
Michelle, Bethany and Faith offered to make their projects and lesson plans available to other simple churches that are looking for some creative things to do with the kids.
Sonship, as you may know, is an approach to getting together that encourages everyone to “listen” to the direction of the Spirit through the scriptures (a link is on the menu above). It is not a curriculum, per se. It is a template to give direction for listening to the Spirit and to help disciples to step into their proper relationship as sons and daughters of the Lord.
69th Street is hoping to be able to make what they are learning available to other fellowships after they have have gone through it themselves. One thing, though. Sonship by its nature, is to be passed on relationally. It isn’t dispensed like Sunday school materials. That means if fellowships are to use it, the adults should have used the Sonship Study in their gatherings.
Is your church like the early church where children were present in the meetings? Have you experienced what parents experienced back then? Do your children have the blessing of worshiping with the richness of the whole body or are they segregated among their own subculture?