What about the little people?
It’s often the little people who don’t have a voice. You know, the ones who are “seen but not heard.” There’s a real danger when this happens.
You’ve probably heard the phrase, “children should be seen and not heard.” Which, if you’ve ever spent a day with a toddler who is learning the word “why,” you can certainly understand. However, when someone or anyone is “not heard” they can soon become “not noticed.” And that can be a very dangerous situation. (Think about what went thru your mind that last time you realized that you were completely unnoticed.)
The church is often seen as the domain of the older generation. Our programs, our conversations and our decisions are often made BY and FOR grown-ups. At the same time, untold books and articles lament the loss of young adults in today’s church community. Could that be because their voice has not been heard? Or that their concerns have not been addressed? Or that their ideas have not been considered?
At Seneca Creek we’re committed to standing with and for those who are not yet adults (as well as those taking their first steps into adulthood). Our staffing and ministry decisions are guided by the belief that today’s children and students are not “the church of tomorrow” as much as they are the church of today. PowerHouse, Ignition, and Quest are part of how we put these commitments into action. And to all the staff and volunteers who give of themselves in these areas, I want to say, “Thank you!”
- Thank you for choosing to be strategic in spending your time.
- Thank you for being patient with kids, students, volunteers and staff.
- Thank you for making Seneca Creek a place where age-appropriate content meets the real world questions and concerns of today’s kids and students.
- Thank you for the untold hours you invest, and the uncounted prayers you pray for the “little people.”
- Thank you for helping us make sure that they have a voice, a place to grow, a community to connect with, and adults who demonstrate what the church is designed to be.
Over the years we’ve had the privilege of watching kids and students grow into amazing adults who take their faith and their gifts and their experience at Seneca Creek and make a difference for the kingdom of God. Maybe you know some of them. They are a living testimony to what happens when the “little people” have a voice.
And regardless of where or how you serve, thank you for making a difference.
P.S. Don’t miss this Sunday, June 16, as we highlight our current students and unveil some exciting news for the students and young adults!