(Brooke’s Generosity Blog)
November 4, 2018
How do you teach generosity? This is a great question. We learn by first encountering generosity in others, then we begin to see that this is a way of life that is positive, good and fun.
At Knox Waterloo we seek to be generous and to teach generosity. Our nurture of children and youth has a large component of generosity. Look at what our Junior High LOGOS group does. This group of over 20 students are putting together brownies or cookies in a jar for sale. Some of the ingredients are purchased at wholesale cost thanks to the generosity of church members. The children do all the work, with their leaders’ supervision and support. They are sold at church (even I can make wonderful Brownies by following the easy directions on the jar!!).
What happens to the money? The Junior High youth spend all of this with care and wisdom to buy toys for children and youth. These toys are given to the Salvation Army Angel Tree. The toys are part of the support of the Salvation Army Hamper program to people in need. At every step, each child is aware of making a difference in the lives of others. This is one of the many ways that we expose the children and youth of Knox Waterloo to generosity.
The Junior High also harvested pumpkins in October from the Mosborough Country Market farm and sold the pumpkins at church. All of the proceeds went to the Food Bank.
The Senior High at Knox are encouraged to participate in the Presbyterian Church Canada Youth event every two years at Brock University in St. Catharines. The costs of this event are supported by a grant from the Mary Holder Fund at Knox.
Mary was a professor at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. When she retired, she moved to Nova Scotia and later to Waterloo to be close to family. Mary died in 2011 at 96 years of age. She left Knox Waterloo a gift in her will that is used to support students and youth in “growing in mission awareness.” It was my privilege to know Mary Holder and her younger sister Margaret. They arrived at Knox as seniors, and became involved, sharing their faith, and generosity.
There is so much to say about generosity in all of our children and youth ministry at Knox. We learn generosity from people who are generous. We also learn from God who is generous.
When we view life as a gift from God, then we just know that being generous is a way of life that makes sense.
We all have to be responsible in our financial lives, but we can also choose to be generous.
Here at Knox Waterloo everything that we do is undergirded with the generosity of others and of God. I have grown in my personal generosity. I am grateful to be part of this community.