OCTOBER SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
Our monthly spiritual practice activities are creative ways to connect to God, and can help with the hectic day to day stress of schedules and dominance of technology. May these 'practices' bring balance, as you and your family cultivate new ways to engage with God and each other.
For the month of October, our church and older children will be learning the story of Mary and Martha and the season of life they encounter in the scriptures. The welcoming of friends and care for others we learn about in the story is a great connection to our Spiritual Practice this month.
THE SEASON OF WELCOME
Paying attention. Simply paying attention is about as basic as it gets. But it can also be challenging in our world today. Young children are good at noticing. They notice bugs and flowers and the way a pea rolls around on the plate. That gives us a natural way to connect the things they notice to God the Creator. “Thank you, God, for creating that cool bug.” “Wow, God makes some beautiful flowers!” etc.
As children grow into tweens and teens, they become more distracted by a lot of the same things that distract us. So we can help them (and ourselves) by simply inviting them to notice, to pay attention, to look for signs of God all around them. “I see the beauty of God’s creation in the sunrise.” “I see God’s compassion in you in the way you care for your friend.
**Our monthly spiritual practice is adapted from Equipping World Changing Disciples, umcdiscipleship.org