From the Pastor's Pen
Dear Friends, August 2016
I just have two things to share with you this month:
The moment someone becomes a parent, worry sets in. From food and sleep to TV time and social activities, parents spend an incredible amount of time worrying about whether they are doing the best things for their kids. It is common to have feelings of inadequacy and the fear of wrong decisions. As kids get older, parents spend hours researching and investing in a child’s academics, after school activities and their friend choices.
However, according to data from the Erie County PA Youth Survey, it seems many parents are missing a free tool that may have the biggest overall impact on the life of their children.
“Two pieces of data from the Youth Survey really stood out: first, kids who attend a religious activity one hour a week have better outcomes in just about every area of their life, including academics, self-perception, happiness and violent tendencies,” Andrea Bierer, Community Action Plan Coordinator for Unified Erie, said.
“The second was that participation in organized religion in Erie County has dropped in the last decade and is now well below both the national and state levels.” In 2013, only 43.72 percent of youth were participating in a religious activity one hour per week. According to Bierer, this drop means that fewer children are experiencing the benefits of organized religion.
Specifically, the data showed that a child who participates in organized religion one hour or more per week are:
· More likely to get As and Bs
· Less likely to get Cs, Ds and Fs
· Less likely to consider suicide
· Less likely to be sad or depressed
· Less likely to think they’re a failure
· Less likely to use cigarettes, alcohol, or marijuana
· Less likely to engage in violence
· More likely to be honest with parents
· More likely to ask a parent for help with a personal problem
The definition of what constitutes a “religious activity” was not limited to a specific religion or a specific activity. “It just mattered that they went,” Bierer explained. “It’s really the best one-hour investment you can make in the life of a child.”
The Religiosity Team of Unified Erie is launching a six-week awareness campaign in Erie County to educate moms, dads and caregivers on the impact religion makes on the life of a child. The campaign, entitled Take Me To Worship, will run from July 15th to August 30th.
More information on the impact of religion on the life of a child and the awareness campaign can be found at takemetoworship.org .
Albion Nazarene is a participating church in the Take Me to Worship campaign and is prepared to provide multiple opportunities for parents/guardians to get their children involved in at least 1 hour of religious activity each week, such as Sunday School, Sunday Worship, Bible Quizzing, and other seasonal activities such as Kidz Klub at Northwestern Elementary. We are also prepared to welcome middle school and senior high students with studies and activities appropriate for their healthy development.
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