Thought for the Week

Argyllshire Advertiser - - DISTRICT NEWS - with Mar­i­lyn Shed­den

THE GEATEST joy and priv­i­lege I have in help­ing with min­istry is be­ing chap­lain to Glen­barr and Rhu­na­haorine schools.

My monthly vis­its are things I so look for­ward to, and get­ting to know the chil­dren is such an en­rich­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Through Messy Church I also get to know the par­ents and ex­tended fam­ily and that is a real priv­i­lege.

To know the chil­dren from birth and see them grow brings so many bless­ings.

At the end of term assem­bly we gath­ered at A’Ch­leit church for our Easter ser­vice.

How lovely it was to see these young peo­ple in church and how very well be­haved they were.

I am al­ways im­pressed by the depth of ques­tions from our young peo­ple. Even the very little ones have such search­ing minds and so many ques­tions.

Some­times it is more im­por­tant to have the ques­tions than the an­swers.

I of­ten think of Je­sus with the chil­dren and re­mem­ber how an­gry he was with his dis­ci­ples when they wanted to send the chil­dren away.

The dis­ci­ples wanted the chil­dren to be quiet, to not bother Je­sus – in fact, to be there un­der their con­di­tions.

Je­sus re­jected this and he wel­comed the chil­dren un­con­di­tion­ally.

I of­ten hear peo­ple say that they wish chil­dren would come back to the church.

But are they wel­comed when they do? Or are they in­vited with con­di­tions at­tached?

If we want chil­dren in our churches we must ex­tend a wel­come to them and make a place for them.

There is a well known say­ing: ‘It takes a whole vil­lage to raise a child.’

Could our churches re­claim that priv­i­lege and be the vil­lages chil­dren call home?

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