We have prayed for the elderly (any one more than 10 years older than us) and today’s subject is “children”. I take that to mean “young children” because every single human, is someone’s child. One big feature of life for young children is change. Compare 30 years old with 35 years and you are unlikely to see much difference in that person’s appearance (not impossible, of course). Compare 5 years old with 10 years and you will definitely see a change in height and appearance – even their teeth will be different. Growing up is what we expect to see in children. We also see some of the more vulnerable members of our society and we naturally want to be sure that they are properly protected as well as nourished and nurtured. It is right to pray for the protection of children.

Children can also be found in our churches and are part of the church family. Some people describe them as “the Church of tomorrow”. I respectfully disagree: they are part of the today’s Church and should be included, appropriately, in the life of the Church. That includes asking their opinion and includes praying for the renewal of the Holy Spirit in their lives. The ministry that a child has will likely be very different from that of an adult, but they will have one. Our task as adults in the Church is to ask for the gifts of discernment and encouragement in order for everyone to find and follow their calling in Christ’s Church.

A prayer for all people’s ministry

Almighty and everlasting God, by your Spirit the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified. Hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people, so that in their vocation and ministry they may serve you in holiness and truth to the glory of your name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Common Worship)