The Children's Charter
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Nurture of
transparent space Children are a heritage from the LORD, and the fruit of the womb is a gift. -- Psalm 127:4 (BCP)
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  • to receive, nurture and treasure each child as a gift from God;
  • to proclaim the Gospel to children, in ways that empower them to receive and respond to
    God's love;
  • to give high priority to the quality of planning for children and the preparation and support
    of those who minister with them;
  • to include children, in fulfillment of the Baptismal Covenant, as members and full participants
    in the Eucharistic community and in the church's common life of prayer, witness and service.
Ministry to
transparent space Then Jesus took the children in his arms, placed his hands on each of them and blessed them.-- Mark 10:16
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  • to love, shelter, protect and defend children within its own community and in the world,
    especially those who are abused, neglected or in danger;
  • to nurture and support families in caring for their children, acting in their children's best
    interest, and recognizing and fostering their children's spirituality and unique gifts;
  • to embrace children who seek Christian nurture independently of their parent's
    participation in the church;
  • to advocate for the integrity of childhood and the dignity of all the children at every level
    of our religious, civic and political structures.
Ministry of
transparent space A child shall lead them. -- Isiah 11:6
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  • to receive children's special gifts as signs of the Reign of God;
  • to foster community beyond the family unit, in which children, youth and adults know each
    other by name, minister to each other, and are partners together in serving Christ in the world;
  • to appreciate children's abilities and readiness to represent Christ and his church, to bear
    witness to him wherever they may be, and according to gifts given them, to carry on
    Christ's work of reconciliation in the world, and to take their place in the life, worship, and
    governance of the church. (Ministry of the Laity pg. 855 BCP)
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