ENCOUNTERS: a role-play game about Family, Faith, Friends, and Community for the 21st Century - for youth grade 6 and older
ENCOUNTERS is an inter-church Christian community of faith formation and exploration that IS a catalyst for transformation in the lives of those participating. We are grateful this partnership between First Baptist Church, The Game Loft, First Church UCC, and St. Margaret's Episcopal Church. We have now completed season two of the ongoing mini-series in the fictional town of New Salem, ME.
Youth (6th grade and older) and adult leaders (including pastors) gather to create a learning community using role play as a vehicle for understanding the teachings of Jesus and their application to the life of faith in family, friendships, and community.
HOW WE SEE CHRISTIAN FAITH
Christians affirm the reality of God, the divinity of Jesus Christ, and the centrality of scripture as a guide for living faithfully.
We seek to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
We hold these as true in loving and radical trust, without the human tendency for certainty and precision, because ultimately they are mysteries. In Christian community we encounter God through faith practices of prayer, worship, hospitality, education and mission.
Christians believe that each person is beloved of God, and that God desires that each live into the fullness of his or her own unique life.
We seek to live joyfully in gratitude for the gifts we've been given, for the peace of the world, for justice for people and for the earth, and to be kind to each other.
We are all on a journey and we welcome our own and each others' questions - all of them - for what this means to the questioners, and for what it means for us in our communities, and in our individual lives.
A NOTE OF THANKS
To our faithful Baptist friends,
Thank you again for your continuing support of THE GAME LOFT and ENCOUNTERS. We ended the ENCOUNTERS sessions two weeks ago and the comments from the kids have been outstanding. They feel safe and nurtured in the program and without being preached to they are learning Jesus' lessons through the parables set in contemporary life. This spring a GAME LOFT 7th grader joined ENCOUNTERS and loves it.
Thank you for making it possible.
Patricia Estabrook, Co-founder and co-director ot THE GAME LOFT.