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Staying Connected as Church Communities: Facebook Chat Ideas

Ripple Effect vs Butterfly Effect

"Prayers for Faithful Families" Review

Two Questions: Mary Hawes

Youth Gatherings Become Intergenerational with LIFT

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Staying Connected as Church Communities: Facebook Chat Ideas

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On Friday, March 20, GenOn Ministries hosted an hour-long Facebook “chat” called Staying Connected as Church Communities where facilitator Amanda Hinthorn posted questions and those gathered online shared answers, concerns, ideas, and encouragement about how congregations were staying connected with one another during the Coronavirus social-distancing and quarantined time. It’s the largest Facebook chat we’ve ever hosted and included the highest posting participation. We’re all hungry for community and to help one another through these challenging times. Enjoy the transcript of the conversation. Where are you seeing God working in your life and/or ministry this afternoon? Coming to the end...

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Ripple Effect vs Butterfly Effect

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Ripple Effect vs Butterfly Effect I cancel my haircut appointment for good reason. My stylist and hair washer don’t get paid as much that day. Others do the same. Lots of others. The salon has overhead like salaries, a website, and phones. People get furloughed or laid off.  We postpone our church’s meal packing event with Rise Against Hunger for good reason. Others do the same. Lots of others. The nonprofit organization has bills to pay. People go hungry.   I stop my morning walks with two good friends. Relationships become distant. Health deteriorates. Manageable in the short term. Awful...

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"Prayers for Faithful Families" Review

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Included are prayers that match the ordinary day (meals, bedtime), prayers that mark milestones (adoption, first steps, lost tooth) and celebrations (birthdays, a new puppy) and much more.

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Two Questions: Mary Hawes

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Mary HawesNational Children and Youth AdviserChurch of England     In each edition of GenOn Connect, we ask someone the same two questions about intergenerational ministry: “What keeps you up at night?” and “What gets you up in the morning?” What keeps you up at night? I keep wondering, “When will churches get it?” Throughout my many years of ministry, children and young people have been seen as "the future of the church," but the church of today seems unwilling to embrace them or recognise the gifts they bring. And it closes its ears to the prophetic challenges they present. God welcomes...

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Youth Gatherings Become Intergenerational with LIFT

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Rev. Sara Krhla Church of Christ, Congregational, UCC Goshen, Connecticut The Church of Christ Congregational in Goshen has been holding intergenerational activities for many years.   After attending the InterGenerate Conference in Tennessee in May of 2019, I realized that, although we were offering intergenerational activities and providing experiences that were accessible to all ages, most of it was not intentional.  Sunday LIFT helped me bring some intentionality to our experiences together and made a lot of the planning less intense.  LIFT encouraged a change in format to our Confirmation Class gatherings. One of the biggest questions I left the...

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