9/14/11

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY & PARENTING BEYOND SUNDAY

Our final ALL AGES SUNDAY for the summer was followed by a Road Crew lunch and brief presentation by Pastor Likkel. The presentation focused on the upcoming launch of Children's Minsitry programs and some Parenting Beyond Sunday ideas. Thanks to Cynthia Tanis, who volunteered to provide our lunch!

Presentation Points:

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY
September 18 launch of new Big Kids' Bible Workshop along with Godly Play; how we arrived at this point and where we go from here.

PARENTING BEYOND SUNDAY
Two issues related to Parenting Beyond Sunday: recognizing our role as Christian parents and how our own relationship with God can become transparent to our children; two ways of addressing these issues which were offered include the sharing of stories, and learning events, such as Children in the Faith Community: Continuing the Conversation, Thursday, October 13, 11:30am - 1:30pm, Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, Seattle and Children, Youth and Family Ministry in the 21st Century, Monday, October 24 · 6:30pm - 9:00pm, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Lynwood.


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The Emmaus Road Story

In the winter of 1997, we began as a small team of about 10 people, committed to gathering and growing a church that would connect with others like ourselves; people interested in connecting with God, in the person and work of Jesus Christ, but disconnected from the activity of many mainstream congregations. With the financial support of a larger church organization, our pastor was able to work full time with the team in planning, leadership development, and meeting people in the community.

Our first meetings were open discussion forums. We talked about prayer, scripture, spiritual discipline and the issues with which we all struggle. As friends talked to friends, the first group expanded and we multiplied into two.

Inspired by the journey process as a metaphor for spiritual growth, we searched for a name which would reflect that idea. In the resurrection narrative of Luke 24, we found our name "on the road to Emmaus."

After our first worship event on Good Friday of 1997, both groups began to gather together for worship once a month. In various coffee shops and rental spaces, we gradually increased our worship times to twice a month, and in September of 1998 we decided to gather every Sunday. Since the beginning, numerical growth has been gradual but steady, most often through the personal contact of friends talking to friends.

Today, several small groups continue to meet for open discussions on prayer, scripture, and the process of encountering God in daily life; we all gather for worship each week.