We hope that you have had the chance to have a break and some refreshment over the summer months. As we are approaching a new school year and able to think more towards what we are able to do in our churches for the future, we wonder what you are planning to restart and what you may be changing or doing in a new way, following the enforced changes during COVID? It might be worth considering how we encourage and develop faith practices that help us grow in our faith and live as disciples.
A faith practice or spiritual discipline is a repeatable practice that
There are many different Christian faith practices including the practices of: hospitality; sabbath; gratitude; generosity; prayer; justice; celebration; and lament.
- enriches our attentiveness to the Holy Spirit
- cultivates the life and character of Jesus Christ in us
- and strengthens our love for God and others.
An essential task of education in faith is to teach all the basic practices of the Christian faith. The fundamental aim of Christian education in all its forms, varieties, and settings should be that individuals—and indeed whole communities—learn these practices, be drawn into participation in them, learn to do them with increasingly deepened understanding and skill, learn to extend them more broadly and fully in their own lives and into their world, and learn to correct them, strengthen them, and improve them.
Craig Dykstra - Growing in the Life of Faith
"Formation in Christian practices helps people to find a way to live with meaning and purpose. ‘We form people in the practices of the Christian way of life by drawing upon the wisdom of the Bible and Christian tradition, and connecting the practices to the “signs of the times” – the struggles, joys, needs, and hungers of people and communities today, and equipping people with the skills and ways to live the practice in their daily life.’
John Roberto - Lifelong Faith
How might we develop and grow spiritual practices for ourselves, with children and young people, and in families?
Isobel and Suzi