The headline sounds like a propaganda piece – as if Sunday School and children’s ministry would always translate into a sequence of uninterrupted transitions from childhood to youth to adult church membership. The world is no longer like that!
However, it remains important for us adult Christians to be present in the lives of the children of the church. How else will God’s presence become real in their daily lives?
So I was happy when the Eckert family invited me to be there when their daughter Erin was recognized during a women’s basketball game at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway.
It was a great moment when Erin stepped out on the field to meet the Scarlet Knight. It was also a great game – Rutgers vs. Villanova – and the enthusiasm of our young Girl Scouts knew no limits. I wondered how many of them knew our church’s involvement in the history of the great university.