Here's a simple idea your church can use to help families experience rest while exploring the faith practices of prayer, wonder, and celebration at their own pace this summer. It starts with a jam jar...
Karen De Boer
I work as the Creative Resource Developer for Faith Formation Ministries of the CRCNA from my home in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. Working from home may sound like I work alone, but most days are anything but quiet as I’m participating in video conversations with individuals or groups who are engaged in ministry. Those kinds of interactions are what make the job so energizing!
I’ve been involved in children’s ministry since I was a child myself and I’m so thankful for the ways children have nurtured and continue to nurture my faith. I think it’s that kind of cross-generational faith nurture that led to my interest in intergenerational ministry. I love it when different generations gather in worship, in service, and to learn from and with each other. And studies show how important it is for God’s family to do together!
Over the years I’ve worked as part of a team to shape both the children’s ministry curricula published by Faith Alive Resources and the Dwell at Home series of resources for families. I’m also the author of the Home Grown Handbook for Christian Parenting and a contributing author/editor for the family devotionals You're Invited and God's Big Story cards.
My family and I attend The Journey church where you’re most likely to find me sitting on the floor asking wondering questions with a group of 4 year olds.
Whether your church has already fully returned to in-person worship, is waiting to return, or is currently somewhere in between, here are some intergenerational ideas for marking the milestone of returning to in-person worship.
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Here's what tired families are craving from their church family right now. Hint: it's not online.
This year, more than ever, families with children need a simple, tech-free and hope-filled way to celebrate advent at home. Here it is.
This Thanksgiving, help families grow in gratitude by mailing them a fun, simple tool to use at home.
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I love this post so much, Jill. Thank you for providing such an authentic and encouraging perspective on faith practices.
Yay, Leah! Let us know how it goes!posted on: This Might Be the Best Jesse Tree Set Ever
How wonderful! Some families enjoy having the nativity set up prior to Christmas and waiting until Christmas day to add the baby Jesus as a way to create a sense of anticipation and waiting. ...posted on: Ideas for Using a Peg Doll Nativity Set?
Thank you for this important reminder, Anita.posted on: Perspiration and Perspectives
Thanks, Mary! One of my favourite picture books is Mex Fox's Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge. I love the way in which Wilfrid gathers "memories" into a basket for Miss Nancy. I hope that...
Thanks, Melissa. So glad you found it helpful!
This is a great list, Staci. Thank you for sharing these ideas.posted on: 8 Gift Ideas for Grads in Your Church
This is wonderful. Thank you, Jill!
Thanks, Melissa. I'm glad you found it helpful.
Thank you for this wise and helpful perspective, Lesli!