EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH
“Build Christian values in them, not Christian knowledge.
Work with their hearts, rather than their minds, because the theology of the heart cannot be erased”
(Fr. Seraphim, Orthodox Monastery of All Celtic Saints)
Teach your children love
Orthodox Monastery of All Celtic Saints
in Isle of Mull, Hebrides Islands, Scotland
What exactly is there to teach a child (or a teenager, for that matter)? In what ways is it beneficial for a child to sit down and learn about the Holy Trinity or Christ’s two natures? Is that where we should start? Are dogmas the central focus?
To me, church school is an interesting, but completely alien concept. The idea that I may go to church for anything else except worship feels strange. The notion that I can be taught about worship – by any other means except worship itself – is also strange. I instinctively dislike the thought that someone would try to ‘school’ me about God.
As a monastic, I haven’t had the experience of raising my own children. But I was a child once, and my memories of those years are all built around emotions, not knowledge: I remember playing, I remember my best friends, I remember some of the naughty jokes we played on the old people (that is, Continue reading “Teach your children love – By Orthodox Monastery of All Celtic Saints in Isle of Mull, Hebrides Islands, Scotland”