A few days ago an extended family member “became a woman” (began menstruating). Her parents and sisters celebrated this by having a pizza party for her.
Hearing about her recent ascent into womanhood led me to think about my own experiences at that point in my life. My family didn’t have enough money to buy pizza, but I was given a small gift and the changes taking place were treated like a positive, healthy event.
I also thought about the lack of coming-of-age rituals or celebrations in the church. Many Catholics and Anglicans are Confirmed
in their early teens, but I wasn’t able to think of any other rituals, rites of passage, or celebrations that the church has developed to commemorate the passage from childhood to adulthood for young teens.
Does your church do anything to mark the transition between childhood or adolescence and adulthood? How did your family or church react to you "becoming a woman" (or "man," for the male responders)? Has anyone heard of any churches that have developed such rituals? For those who have or are planning to have children, what would you like to see the church do in this area?
Labels: children, Church, Culture