Let the Children Come with Me: Exploring the Community of God with Children, Art, and Flowers

Fri Noon | River

Andrea L. Lingle

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”So why do we—as people of faith and spirit, as people who seek the community of God, as those who long to enter the community of heaven here on earth—hush, excuse, or domesticate children? Is it possible to be people of faith if we do not allow children and the childlike to inform our theology?Andrea will be joined by her children, Laine, Annabel, Oliver, and Celian Blake, to explore what it means to allow children to show us what the community of God is like. The children will lead participants through preparing and creating flower petal art, and Andrea will lead a discussion about ways that communities of faith can learn from children.

Andrea Lingle

Author and lay-theologian, Andrea L. Lingle and her husband, Luke, live in the North Carolina mountains with their children. Andrea is passionate about creating space for creativity and imagination. She is less passionate about the ensuing mess. She homeschools her children, and seems to always be contemplating having a really good garden.

Andrea has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Music from Furman University and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing from Duke University. She is an editor, staff-writer, and lay-theologian for the Missional Wisdom Foundation. Her first book, Credulous: A Journey Through Life, Faith, and the Bulletin, came out April 2018.

136 Let the Children Come With Me

Session #136