White Memorial has been marking milestones for many years. Some of the milestones that we currently recognize include birth, baptism, first Bible presentation, welcoming children to worship, welcoming children to the Lord’s Supper, confirmation, marriage, divorce, career transition and witness to the resurrection. Milestone events happen from the beginning of life to the end of life. There are church-based milestones, family-based milestones and life-stage milestones. Milestones can include a variety of significant events such as receiving a driver’s license, graduation, becoming an empty-nester, grieving the death of a friend or spouse, welcoming a new baby or grandchild, and many other important times in our lives. When we celebrate a milestone we recognize God's presence in all of life.
What is Milestone Ministry?
Milestone Ministry is a way for our church to recognize marker’s along life’s path bringing awareness of God’s presence.Marking a milestone can be a spiritual practice that connects the home and church encouraging lifelong discipleship. Milestone Ministry helps us see that God is present in all times and experiences in our lives.
Congregational Care and Discipleship
Part of offering care to one another is recognizing where a person is on his or her life journey. Milestone ministry is one way for us to name, equip, bless and mark a special time in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ. As a family of faith we support one another when we acknowledge what is happening in our individual lives. Milestone Ministry helps us to recognize and remember that in all of life God is present with us.
Components of a Milestone
Name - Recognize the significant time by naming the milestone.
Equip - Offer support, education and nurture that is relevant to the milestone.
Bless - Proclaim and celebrate God’s presence in the milestone.
Mark - Give a tangible reminder of the milestone.
Milestones We Currently Celebrate
Becoming a new Grandparent
Beginning Middle School
Children and Worship
Children and Communion
Completing Divorce Support
Older Adults Moving into New Homes