Communities of Faith - Every Piece Matters

Communities of Faith - Every Piece Matters

How does youth fit into the YOUR big picture of community? 

Community is something for all people and all ages. As parents and as mentors, we must help our youth to see their part and to be their part. In order for us to do this, we must teach every age and every stage of development with consideration. 

Join us as we discuss and explore how to craft spiritually engaging activities through each age and stage of life for our youth, so when they reach adulthood, they will desire to be part of the spiritual community we have been building for them.  

NEXT WORKSHOP: Sunday, November 19, after service in the Tate.  

Lunch and childcare will be provided. 

Questions? Please contact Phat Vuong, phat.vuong@greaterbaltimorechurch.org, 410.209.0561

Photo Galleries from Part 1 of our series, "Communities of Faith"

These image carousels tell the story of our activities from the first workshop. Our opening "Cup Game" and then discussion activity where we first played the  "Rope Game" and broke down how the activity related to building spiritual community. Check out the fun we had and the lessons we learned! 

Included are the slides from our presentation about ages and stages of development for youth. Click here for the Google Doc version of the notes. You can download to PDF or view on your browser or Google Doc app. 

Next time, we'll be discussing how to craft spiritually engaging activities that are age appropriate and conducisve to their developmental stage. 

Opening Activity - Cup Game

Discussion Activity - Rope Game

Slides from Ages and Stages Presentation



HOMEWORK FOR NEXT WORKSHOP ON NOV 19

To clarify, here is the assigment: 

Please consider at least one example (or more!) of a spiritual activity or devotional that matches the age or stage of your child.

Consider that in each age and stage of development (see notes and resources above) each child is acquiring new physical and mental skills and abilities. To best reach them, parents and mentors should work within those abilities in order to help promote engagement of the child. Involving skills and abilities outside of their reach may make activities appear too complex. Involving too many skills below their development may make activities appear boring.   

For example:

Teens are exploring identity in their age and stage of life - good activities include questions that are open ended to invite thought that is unique to their personality or character.   

or

Language development starts as early as in the womb! Reading to your baby in the womb and throughout early years of development can help boost language development. You can have devotionals even before the baby is born! Read and pray with your child as early as you can.