Am I 'enough'?
Resisting the lies to find our true identity
We're not meant to all be the same
Sometimes the impact of BRF resources surprises even those who created them.
In 2018 concerns were mounting about the rising number of reports of self-harm, especially in young women. Bishop Rachel Treweek was one of those who pledged to stand up against the tidal wave of pressure that was causing young people to punish themselves in the belief that they were not ‘enough’.
Collaborating on the bishop’s Liedentity campaign, BRF’s Messy Church team created a 'Real me' session for Messy Churches. All the activities, crafts, songs and reflections pointed to one truth: that we are all special, uniquely crafted by our creator God in his image and for his purposes. We are not all meant to be the same.
We're in this together
Bishop Rachel continues: 'Like many others, I am speaking out against these damaging messages and want to help refocus the lens through which young people see themselves in the world around them. I am therefore delighted that Messy Church
'In our western world, where the issue of identity is seemingly all about the individual, it is also important to emphasise the truth that we are created to live in relationship with our fellow human beings, who are equally precious. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to go on discovering what it means to be members together of the body of Christ.
God looks on the heart, not the outward appearance
'Throughout history, artists and illustrators have attempted to portray Jesus’ physical appearance, but the reality is that the gospels have nothing to tell us about what Jesus looked like on earth. However, the Bible does have a lot to tell us about Jesus’ character and how in his earthly ministry, death
'In being made in God’s image, we have been created to live in
'However, this is not about deterring children’s enjoyment of clothes and fashion – there is no suggestion that one should never comment on the flashing shoes or the sparkling hair band – but we might want to think more carefully about how our messages emphasise that outward appearance is about expressing something of who we are, knowing that the "who" begins deep within us.
'And it is in that inner place that we want every child and adult to discover their value and potential, and to enter ever deeper into a personal relationship with their creator God through the life-giving generosity of Jesus Christ, ever present with them through the work of the Holy Spirit.'
Photo of Bishop Rachel Treweek used by kind permission of The Church of England Diocese of Gloucester