Children and Youth


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Planting Seeds: Offer a children / youth event or class focused on care for Creation

Suggested Practices and Examples for Implementation:

  • Incorporate teachings about environmental issues and caring for Creation in a bible study class or another adolescent learning space
  • Find Recommended Ecology Books for Children and Youth-from NCIPL
  • Hold events at the park or in other outdoor spaces instead of indoors, and talk about the significance of being connected with the natural world
  • Find a time to work in a community garden together and allow children and youth to get their hands dirty, connect with the earth, and learn about different plants, foods, and critters
  • Host a children or youth plant sale to raise money for your faith community or another organization, and sell only native/non-invasive species of plants
  • Include messages about caring for Creation during the children’s sermon or other moments during worship that are focused on your younger community members
  • Host an Earth Day outdoor event for children and youth

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Nurturing Growth: Provide extended children / youth events, such as VBS or camp, centered around Creation

Suggested Practices and Examples for Implementation:

  • Find curriculum for Vacation Bible School or other children and youth camps that focuses on Creation and environmental stewardship
  • Plan a week of outdoor conservation activities and invite children, youth, and their families to participate
  • Take children and youth on retreats focused on care for Creation or addressing environmental issues
  • Take children and youth to camps that meet in outdoor spaces

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Deepening Roots: Incorporate teachings about Creation into regular children and youth education and programming

Suggested Practices and Examples for Implementation:

  • Regularly incorporate teachings about environmental issues and caring for creation in bible study classes, Wednesday night programing for children and youth, or other adolescent learning spaces
  • Find weekly curriculum focused on connections found your sacred text around caring for Creation and loving our neighbors
  • Take children and youth on walks around the community and pick up litter, notice gardens and creatures, and talk about Creation
  • Sing songs together that celebrate Creation
  • Say prayers together about environmental concerns and the ways they impact our neighbors

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