Letter to the Editor: August 30, 2021
August 30, 2021
As religious leaders in the New Rockford and Sheyenne communities, we recognize and appreciate what a great place this is to raise children. Our small-town culture helps our kids succeed and grow into engaged, resilient, well-rounded adults. A key element of this culture is our shared value of, and commitment to, family, faith and community. A large indication of that commitment is guarding Wednesdays after school and Sundays as “church time.”
Research shows that young people who are engaged in youth programs and faith communities are more likely to do well in school, be civically engaged, and make fewer risky choices. During “church time” our young people learn values and develop a healthy sense of identity. These life skills build resiliency, directly combatting the very present issues of depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation in our community.
Additionally, guarding Wednesdays after school and Sundays as “church time” allows families to commit to their faith community without having to make the choice between church and other club and team activities.
We so appreciate the level at which our school has traditionally guarded “church time” and ask for the community’s ongoing commitment to the same. Together, we can continue to provide an optimal balance between school, church, activities and family.
Eddy County Ministerial Association
Pr. Joe Greiner, New Rockford Evangelical Free Church
Pr. Jeff Halvorson, Sheyenne Oberon Area Ministries
Pr. Amy Kippen, First Lutheran Church
Pr. Mindy Meier, First Congregational Church
Fr. Reese Weber, St. John’s Catholic Church