Reflections on ministry amongst children during the Covid-19 pandemic

Holmes, S and Sandsmark, Astrid and Sonnenberg, Ronelle and Weber, Shantelle (2021) Reflections on ministry amongst children during the Covid-19 pandemic. Journal of Youth and Theology, 20 (1). pp. 82-106. ISSN 1741-0819 E-ISSN: 2405-5093

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Abstract

The role and function of children's ministry during the first six months of the Covid-19 pandemic is explored, including a comparison of observations from four different contexts: Norway, South Africa, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom. Theological reflection examines the emerging ecclesiologies, form and adaptation of sacramental practices and pastoral care of families during this time of crisis. This investigation acknowledges awareness that there were significant restrictions and consequent challenges facing churches during this time, causing implications on children's ministry that were unprecedented and frustrating for the Church on a global scale. Observations and recommendations are presented to aid churches globally in ensuring that children's ministry during such times of crisis is child-centred, values the child as part of the body of Christ, fosters intergenerational role modelling and solidarity, and helps rather than hinders children on their spiritual journey.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This article has been published by Brill in the Journal of Youth and Theology on the 15th March . Full text of the article can be found at: https://brill.com/view/journals/jyt/aop/article-10.1163-24055093-bja10019/article-10.1163-24055093-bja10019.xml
Keywords: children’s ministry; international perspectives; covid-19; pandemic; crisis; church
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Early Childhood
Depositing User: Philippa Williams
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2021 13:49
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2021 14:24
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/3305

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