What is the Future of the Church? 

Posted by Ann Urinoski on

As we grow and hope and dream as our Christ Church community - and in each of our own lives - we cannot help but wonder about the future. What are the best things to sow in order that we may reap with love and joy and fulfillment in the years to come?

Our prayer book reminds us that as the Church, our mission is "to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ" (Book of Common Prayer, 855). "All people" has no exceptions in the promise we make to love and honor all people in our baptism and no exceptions in encompassing all people in our church. All people includes all walks of life and all ages. While we hope and pray that our youngest church members grow to love and engage with Christ Church Christiana Hundred and the larger church for years to come, these young people we're raising up should not be seen only as a portal to our future. From the moment they are baptized, our church's children, youth, and young adults are our church right now. The Body of Christ has no age requirement; we are all in this together.

Accordingly, this Sunday, please join us in celebrating a beautiful moment in the journey of our youth. At our 9 AM service, we will join with the members of our Rite-13 class and their families to celebrate their journey as young people, transforming from childhood to adulthood and ready to transition into confirmation classes. Join us in praying for the candidates themselves as well as their parents, in hearing their slightly older peers promise to support them as they journey together, and in joining with the rest of our community in our congregation's promise to uphold them, caring for them as we care for each other in community.

We do not know what the future of our church looks like, but let's agree that we are all in this together already: The Body of Christ right now!


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