Encouragement for the Journey 2 November 2014

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Encouragement for the Journey 2 November 2014

Encouragement for the Journey

Grandparents' Day (smaller)

Greetings fellow Traveller,

While reflecting on our Kids N All Service this week and its theme of Grandparents and Grandchildren, a phrase came into my awareness ‘The Generation Gap.’

This was a term popularised in Western Countries during the 1960’s and it referred to the difference between people of younger generations and their elders, in particular between children and their parents, and grandparents.

It is true some generational differences have existed throughout history, however, modern generational

gaps have often been attributed to rapid cultural change, particularly with respect to such matters as musical tastes, fashion, technology and politics. These changes are assumed to have been magnified by the unprecedented size of the young generation during the 1960s, which gave it the power and inclination to rebel against societal norms.

However, sociologists also point to institutional age segregation as an important contributing factor to the generational divide. Those in childhood / youth phases are segregated within educational institutions; parents are isolated within their fields of work, while older generations may be relegated to retirement pursuits, voluntary service, and living in retirement villages. Social researchers see this kind of institutionally based age segregation as a barrier to strong intergenerational relationships, social cohesion and generativity (the passing down of a positive legacy through mentoring and other cross-generational interactions)

Glancing at what is happening here at St Aidans, we have sought to build bridges, to enable healthy cross – generational interactions to occur, through the following:

  • Kids N All
  • Café Church
  • Friday Fun Nights
  • ARK@S
  • Groups from Northcote Primary at Drop Inn
  • Teacher support at Northcote Primary

These worship services and activities offer opportunities for mentoring and the building of healthy positive relationships, were the energy and vitality of youth can enrich and delight those of another generation,

Meanwhile peace across our generational divides

Alf