LIFT is coming! We have been chosen to be a pilot church for LIFT and we will being on April 22nd, following worship. This will be the first of four LIFT sessions. LIFT stands for living in faith together! Doesn’t “living in faith together” sound lovely? But, what is it? Lift is an cross generational Sunday School program. Building off of Acts 2:42, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers,” LIFT is composed of Bible study (the apostles teaching), cross generational interaction (fellowship), a snack or meal (breaking of bread), and worship (prayers). These four elements will be featured in every LIFT session.
In case you haven’t noticed, I am a big fan of inter-generational or cross generational activities. I think there are many benefits to cross generational activities. I think it is one way we learn generational literacy. It seems every day there is a new articles about what the “Millennials”, or the “Gen-Xers”, or the “Baby Boomers” are or aren’t doing. Instead of labeling people, lets get to know them. Cross generational activities help us learn how to act. Think of it this way, if you put ten 14 year old boys in a room together, you get “Lord of the Flies!” If you have ten 14 year old boys in a group of 50 people ageing from 3-80, a natural hierarchy will form. You can find all sorts of articles about the benefits here.
Theologically, we have to remember the words of Jesus, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.” There are several instances in scripture of households and communities coming together for learning, but I cannot think of any instance of being separated out by age. It is also important to remember the promises we make at every baptism. We promise to uphold and support the child being baptized in their life in Christ. We make these promises on behalf of the church universal and they are made elsewhere on our behalf. It all boils down to it being our responsibility as Christians to help raise the children among us, as we were raised. It is also our responsibility to let the children come to us and to teach us how the Kingdom of God works.
I hope you will join us as we try out LIFT April 22nd, 29th, May 6th (in the park), and May 13th. Each week will be a little different as we try different things. Your feedback can help shape LIFT for our church and for the greater church as we offer our feedback to the program that designed it.
Matthew 19:1-5: “At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”