We have been living in Langley for the past few years and one thing you will notice out here (besides the plethora of big box stores, jillions of young families and horses) is a LOT of churches. Like a crazy number. Churches on every corner, of every denomination – even churches that run out of the local elementary school gym or movie theatre each Sunday.
I didn’t grow up particularly religious. Both of my parents were put through the Catholic school ringer as youth and both decided as young adults that they just didn’t want to march to that drum anymore. I think my Dad might have been carrying a fairly large grudge against the nuns who literally beat the left-handedness out of him in school, and my mom maybe just decided that taking the bus a long way into town alone to go each Sunday just wasn’t for her anymore. Fair enough.
As parents, they decided to not expose my brother and I when we were young, but to allow us to make our own decisions about religion as we got older. However, as a teen, my religion turned out to be worshipping Duran Duran/Corey Hart/Platinum Blonde etc etc.
A few weeks ago we were invited by a lovely family to an evening kids program at a church in Fort Langley. This particular program is religious, though done in a child-friendly and fun manner. Coincidentally around the same time we were invited, my eldest son started asking me questions about god, who he was, how old he is and does he exist. Heavy stuff for a heathen like me.
So we went. And the program was well run, with the nicest, most well mannered kids and teenage staff. The regulars were very welcoming and my boys had a great time (especially doing the connect the dots Jesus on the cross – gulp!). I stayed to watch the boys play some games and then finish the evening with the Youth Pastor in the service area (is that what it’s called?). The pastor told a story from the bible (very cool – history is good), sang a few songs (sort of cool with the exception of the heavy duty praising parts), and talked about good values (again very cool).
So my verdict is out on this whole religion thing. Do I continue to expose them to the bible via a program like this, or plead ignorance until they are older? My eldest wants to go back mostly because you get to wear a super cool vest, which makes me think we could probably just put him in Scouts instead?