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Values – much more than words on a page.

“Values cannot be just words on a page. To be effective they must shape action.” Jeffrey R. Immelt

But what are our core values?

What values do we want to instil in our families or in the children and young people in our communities?

I met recently with a couple to arrange a blessing for their beautiful daughter. As she played on the floor, her parents spoke of wanting to raise her in a home in which values are important. But I wonder how do we decide which values are important?

Messy Church speaks about the importance of five complimentary values.
• To be Christ centred
• To be all age
• To encourage creativity
• To express hospitality; and
• To celebrate

Being creative with the story of Jonah

I think these are amazing principles to champion and to embody amongst our families and our volunteers.

Each month we have a time of celebration. This includes songs, exploring a bible story, asking questions and prayer. Together we are celebrating the love of God and the wonder of being connected as human beings and as brothers and sisters of Jesus. We are teaching our children the importance of taking time to giving thanks and of praising God for all that He is. And as we sit around the tables for tea, there is a sense of celebration in the room. A community taking time to be with one another and to share food and life. This enables relationships to grow and for us to care for one another – in moments of joy and in moments of sorrow.

We have learned from our experiences. Recently we celebrated with our Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade companies and we developed a service which reflected these same values.

BB and GB Dedication Service

It is wonderful to see different generations learning to celebrate together – revealing that worship doesn’t have to be boring or exclusive.

Henri Nouwen wrote:
“Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy. It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.”

Where does celebrating feature in your list of core values? How can you as an individual or as part of a church family or community work to celebrate more fully our shared humanity with others?

Stella Campbell
Skene Parish Church

About the Author

Rev Stella Campbell is minister at Skene Parish Church, Aberdeenshire, and a co-opted member of the Church of Scotland’s Go For It Committee. Skene are receiving a Go For It Main Grant for their Messy Church project, which provides monthly events to develop relationships with local families, and research the needs for new expressions of family worship.

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