Query. In a discussion today, it has arisen that our parish is falling down and failing it’s pre-teen and teenage kids in it’s Christian education program. We have a “children’s” service at 9:15, which alas, seems keyed for the 3-6 year old set, which leaves the older kids a little out of touch. In the 3-8 year old program, they’ve got a really good program based on the “Good Shephard” montessori style teaching of spirituality, but that being very good only highlights the poverty of the program that follows. The other problem is that the class time/period is a little long, that is it lasts from about 90 minutes. Material has been provided for the teachers, but you can sensibly cover the provided material in about 30 minutes.
The crux of the problem is that these kids are progressing from the “thought as a child” stage to (occaisonally) “thinking” more as an adult, but as always some kids are miles ahead of others in the same age group and even those, have good and bad days.
While it is nice to blame the highly secular outside societal pressures with the quite command/universal “falling away” of the young adults (case in point, myself), much might also be blamed at the inattention and poor shepharding of the harried adults of the parish community I think. Anyhow, whatever suggestions or aid might be out there, I’d appreciate.
Any suggestions for resources (Internet links to such would be wonderful) and other ideas would be very much appreciated.