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India: Child-Friendly Churches
Working with children and young adults is important work for the Church of South India (CSI). For the largest member church of the EMS, children are an essential part of church life – in the spirit of Jesus' words, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.” (Mark 10:14)
How do children in India experience church today? What is important to them and where do they wish for change? How can they have their say, be heard and get involved? When adults deal with children, they should accept the children's perspectives, ways of thinking and patterns of behaviour and not expect them to conform with adult patterns.
Training for adults
The EMS sponsors the Church of South India to organise several days of training on the topic of "child-friendly church". Indeed, children need to feel accepted and understood in order to grow in their faith. "Child-friendly church" is a religious education concept that has precisely this aim in mind. Its purpose is to train pastors, staff and volunteers to specifically address the emotional and psychological needs of children. Playing, having fun and being creative are just as important as the children's concerns, hopes and questions. Training in children's rights, family counselling and parental work are other important elements of this concept.
India is home to about 30 million Christians.
The church – a place for children
A "child-friendly church" is aware of the interests and needs of even the youngest children. In addition to events, children's services and festivals, it is also a question of making this visible in very practical ways by producing worship service materials or equipping a church appropriately. Children should be able to discover the church for themselves and experience it in a child-friendly way. Child-friendly illustrations of sermons also arouse children's interest in adult services. Stories from the Bible, prayers and songs are prepared in the local language and are accompanied by many colourful pictures.
The "child-friendly church" project of the Church of South India gives children the space and chance to develop their religious faith. For the CSI, children are not only the future, they are above all the here and now of church and society.
We are pleased to hear that you are interested in this project. If you have any general questions, please use the contact form below. We are also happy to help you personally if you have any questions or require further information – by phone or by E-mail.
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