Vicar’s Views from the News

Dear Friends

 

Back in 1970 Graham Nash singer songwriter in the Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young released a song called ‘Teach your children well’. Here are some of the lyrics

You who are on the road
Must have a code that you can live by
And so become yourself
Because the past is just a good-bye.
Teach your children well.

Nash envisaged that children have a lot to teach parents too as he also wrote :

And you, of tender years
Can't know the fears that your elders grew by,
And so please help them with your youth,
They seek the truth before they can die.

Of course the need and necessity to teach our children well is found in the scriptures in many places:

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” Deuteronomy 6: 6 - 7

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.           Proverbs 22:  6

I am so pleased and even thrilled that we as a church want to and seek to do this. There are around 25 people involved in our ministry to our children. Some teaching, many helping. As I have already mentioned in church we are starting a new curriculum that is provided by ‘Answers in Genesis’. This will mean that from ‘Lions Cubs’ thru to ‘Xcite’ we will all be looking at the same biblical themes.

Our children are being bombarded by damaging ideas and social media that is far from being always helpful and constructive. As we look at what it means to convert a Transformed Life into Transformed Living, our prayer is that our children will also find their purpose in the God who loves them and wants what is best for them.

Grace and peace

Geoff