It was not until we moved to a new town and a new church that I really saw and felt the contrast between a young, homogenous (in age) community and one that spans many generations.
Telling faith stories is a powerful way to share what God is doing in our community, our churches, and our homes. Has your church developed any unique storytelling traditions or practices that other churches could adapt?
Looking for an easy way to enter into God’s story with a mixed age group that includes young children? Hear about innovative ways to use the newly revised God Loves Me books.
Parenting is hard work and I know that some Sundays you’re just longing to sit in silence. And I suspect that there have been times when you’ve felt like your wee ones weren’t always welcome in worship. Please persist.
One of the questions I hear from those considering gathering all ages together to learn from and with each other is "How do we get people to sit with people they may not know and connect with folks from different age groups?"
My church is considering expanding our youth service learning trip to include adults and families. How should/would we fundraise differently for an intergen trip than a youth trip?
Every Labor Day Weekend, we go camping with my family. 29 family members in all, sleeping in tents, pop-up campers, and trailers; sharing all our meals together around a long row of picnic tables; swimming, kayaking, biking, and playing nearly every sport that ends with the word ‘-ball.’
Second Reformed Church of Zeeland, MI had some wonderful craftsmen in their church build the pieces of the tabernacle to use with the WE: Enter The Tabernacle series of intergenerational events (from Faith Alive). They would like to share these resources with other churches.
In this free, one-hour webinar, Syd Hielema, chaplain and professor of youth ministry at Redeemer University College, will provide a wide variety of ideas and resources for strengthening the interaction between the generations in our congregations.
If your church is exploring models for learning and growing in faith together, the Lifelong Faith website is a great place to begin. You'll find ideas, research, and theories experts who are studying faith formation and educators who are leading ministries in a wide variety of denominations.