I have some very strange dreams. I was recounting one of the worst the other day. It was a dream I had well over 10 years ago and it involved biker pigs (stay with me here). The members of this tattooed ovine club relentlessly chased me. As I ran and ran, the dream progressed and I filled with dread of the physical violence that would surely be bestowed upon me, for no discernible reason.
Relationships are crucial to our faith development. It isn’t a private thing, it grows, is challenged and nurtured by being with other people. I just completed an MA in childhood and youth studies and was privileged to do a little bit of research as part of that with young people in a Church of Scotland congregation. These young people spoke of the relationships with older people in their congregation which were life giving, however they also craved community with peers who were Christians. How we relate with young people and the communities we build with them matter. If it takes a village to raise a child it also takes a whole church to nurture young people in the faith.