While the church's focus is on all of the members of the congregation, the children are its life blood. We know that today's children will be tomorrow's adults, parents, and leaders. Immanuel offers many opportunities for the nurture of our children. The Vision for Children and the Church speaks to our understanding of the profound importance of children. The programs of the church, including Nursery, Sunday School, LOGOS, Vacation Bible School, camps, and retreats all work to focus on that vision.
A Vision for Children and the Church
we affirm that
all children are a gift of God,
created by God and created good;
all children are a gift
to the whole of the human community;
all children have a real faith
and gifts for ministry;
all children have the right to be children;
and all children are not just tomorrow,
they are today.
Because we believe that
all children depend upon adults for safety and security
in a world that does not always value children;
all children are affected first and most deeply
by those things that work against health and wholeness:
where there is disease,
children sicken and die;
where there is homelessness,
children sleep on the streets and
in other dangerous places;
where there is war,
children are frightened
and without a safe place;
where the air and water are polluted,
children feel the effects in their bodies
and in their futures;
where there is shame, children’s spirits are wounded.
we hope for a world
where all children can find a safe place;
where all ages, races, genders, creeds, and abilities
are recognized, valued, and celebrated;
where all adults hear the voices of children and speak with
as well as for them;
where all children have “first call” on the world’s resources
and first place in the minds and hearts of the world’s adults.
Jesus welcomed children and encouraged us to
welcome them in his name;
Jesus lifted up a child as an example of what the realm of God is like.
we hope for a church
where we take seriously our baptismal vow to
nuture all children committed to our care;
where we bring good news to all those places
where children are in need;
where adults and children alike share in ministry.
We covenant to act so that this vision may be made real for all children, now and in times to come.
-From the Congregational Ministries Division, PCUSA, adopted by 205th General Assembly, PCUSA