26 October 2001

New campaign aims to get children to bridge the generation gap

A new campaign was launched this week by the Methodist Church to encourage children to learn from the wisdom and experience of older generations.

'Timetravellers' is being run by the Children's Section of the Methodist Church. It will encourage children's groups from local churches to establish links with older people, for example in the church or local homes for the elderly.

The project was launched this week at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, West Midlands. At the launch about 60 children, parents and grandparents from the Wolverhampton Trinity Methodist Circuit shared stories about growing up and teach each other songs that they learned during their childhood.

Timetravellers aims to get people of different generations to come together:

  • To enjoy each other's company
  • To learn from each other and cherish each other
  • To broaden understanding of the values and gifts of each generation
  • To see God in and through each other

Leslie Noon, Children's Work Project Officer for the Methodist Church, said that the two-year project would enable children's groups to gain a greater understanding of older generations. She said: "We take seriously the contribution that people of all ages can make to the life of our community and to enable people of different ages to understand the values and gifts of each generation." Educational material for children's workers is being published to help children to imagine themselves in the place of street children or elderly people who feel isolated from other ages and groups.

The Methodist Church's Children's Section is joined for Timetravellers by the MHA Care Group, a charity which cares for older people through residential homes, sheltered housing schemes, housing projects and live at home schemes. The project also makes links with churches around the world, especially the Methodist Church of Kenya, which run street children projects.

For further information, please contact Leslie Noon, Methodist Church Children's Section

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