Today's meeting with Jessica Pratezina, Cheryl Thornton (STORYVALUES story teller) and Heather Kuipers (of Ella Minnow Children's Book Store) was exciting and productive. We talked about CECE - its formation and goals. We also talked bout CECE's forthcoming conference!!!
One area that was raised was how we in the church might raise awareness of our children and their families about how to make the Christ connection in stories and in our lives.
We expect that preacher will lift up the Scriptures and demonstrate how the Christ message is relevant to us today. Making the Christ connection in our readings and daily lives is a bit of a reversal to this. It is about keeping Christ centred and making connections to Christ in the stories we share with children on a day to day basis - the stories from the secular world as well as helping them to realize how to connect their daily lives to Christ and the message of the Gospels.
We look forward to future opportunities to discuss this further after Easter.