Children's Spirituality: What it is and Why it Matters (Sure Foundations) Paperback – 1 Jan 2009
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'A brilliant mix of thought provoking theology and challenging practical applications. It has changed how I see children and church.' (Ben Mizen, Youth and Children’s Work Adviser, Diocese of Portsmouth)
'A powerful reaffirmation and exploration of the importance of childhood spirituality for the ministry and mission of the church, which will be welcomed by all working in this field.' (Alister McGrath)
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Nye takes the insights from her academic work into children's spirituality and places them against actual practice in our churches (mainly UK-based, but relevant elsewhere.) With this, she has an alarming thesis. Even seemingly child-friendly churches are not friendly to children's spirituality: in fact, they may even alienate children in the long run.
If she's right, then the long term reason behind church attendance falling away is that generations of children have been inoculated against it by Sunday School that bypasses their spirituality. She quotes the situation where the Sunday school teacher says: "What's small, with long teeth and a fluffy tail?" and the child says, "Well, it sounds like a squirrel, but I know the answer must be Jesus."
In creating Q&A sessions, with 'right' answers, then we've inhibited children's spirituality.
Or again, too often Sunday school activities can be reduced to: "now finish painting the whale, add on the paper in the collage and stick it together and you've got to do it in 2 minutes before you show it to congregation". This creates a seeming sympathy with children but isn't actually answering them on their level, or dealing with THEIR questions.
The book is in short chapters, often with questions at the end, some of which I've used in a workshop with teachers at the Sunday school I run, and we've found it incredibly useful, albeit challenging.
To follow through on her approach is seriously intensive.Read more ›
Recommended for leaders in church. Also for anyone who works with children.