Every gathering with children should be meaningful – both for children and teachers – and aim to have a positive impact on the life of children, families, and the church community.
- focuses on biblical faith,
- fosters intergenerational relationships and service,
- empowers and encourages lay leadership, and
- acknowledges children as ministers whose work can relieve the suffering of others.
Love First is not only a
Statement of Theology
We believe that God is love, and that love is a complicated thing in our broken
Consequently, Love First is:
Love First was designed to address the needs of today’s children, teachers, parents, and entire church communities. We begin with an age-appropriate bible story and find ways to make it come alive in children’s lives today. We do that by pairing it with current events, contemporary literature
Each week we talk about love: loving self, loving neighbor and loving God. This makes it easy for children (even the sporadic attendees) to understand our purpose for gathering, and it keeps parents in the loop. Each week, parents can simply ask, “Who did you talk about loving today?”
Relying heavily on research from The Making Caring Common Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Love First strives to foster empathy and compassion in children by developing a practice of caring for others. We commit to being a place where children and their families can practice being compassionate in a community that values love and compassion.
How Do We Get Started?
If you haven’t already purchased the book, click HERE to get your copy. We are happy to help you get started implementing Love First in your parish through a training call or site visit. We’re here to help you, so please don’t hesitate to reach out!
What Church Educators are Saying
I commend this book to anyone who is in charge of a children’s program at a church, for clergy looking to make meaningful changes in programs, and for parents who are wondering how church can help in the process of raising loving children.Amy Cook, Episcopal Diocese of California