Older children (ages 7-11) express a need to belong to the faith community and to participate fully in its life. As they grow physically and intellectually, they want to contribute to the life of the church. Activities in this component assume that the children have at least beginning reading level capabilities. Their experiences of the practices of faith may be mostly through their participation in the life of a congregation.
The New Testament word for stranger is also translated as host and guest. Hospitality is never a one way street, but a circle or roundabout that gives and receives.