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Flexible Intergenerational Gatherings with LIFT

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A Simpler VBS During COVID Season

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Flexible Intergenerational Gatherings with LIFT

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Opequon Presbyterian Church (Winchester, Virginia) held an online intergenerational gathering on a Sunday morning recently, based on “A Seed Story”...

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Two Questions: Tammy Tolman

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Tammy TolmanPastor, Author, Intergenerate Australia Planning Team Member     What keeps you up at night? As a leader and someone who is passionate to help all ages grow closer to God, what keeps me up at night is the space the Church of today seems to have found itself in. We have found ourselves consumed by the comfortable, known, and seemingly successful way of “Sunday Age-Segmented" gatherings, which are most often focused around a 40-minute sermon and some professionally presented worship songs. That we call this “Church,” is something that keeps me up at night. Even in this pandemic,...

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A Simpler VBS During COVID Season

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Betsy Dishman serves her local church as Director of Children and Family Ministries in Harrisonburg, VA in addition to serving as GenOn’s Training Coordinator. Here’s how her church is navigating this summer to offer a simpler Vacation Bible School during the COVID-19 season. How has the coronavirus affected your church’s plans for VBS this summer? In the past, VBS has been a growing ministry for us with more than 50 percent participation from outside our church, which involved more than 100 children and 50+ youth and adult leaders. We recently decided to shelve our large publishing house curriculum that we...

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What Are We Learning from the Pandemic?

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Liz PerraudExecutive DirectorGenOn Ministries     My grandmother introduced me to hot tea at a young age. I love it, and I’m picky about how I drink it. Black tea, nothing fancy, decaffeinated, brewed dark, squeeze of lemon, no sugar. I reheat (and reheat) it if I don’t drink it quickly enough so that it stays hot. I have little “lemon” packets to take when I travel so that I always have my lemon flavor. Oh sure, I’ll drink black tea plain or even green tea, but I’m just enduring it. Until this pandemic hit. I recently heard Tammy Tolman...

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A Different Kind of Vacation Bible School

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Vacation Bible School might look different for your church and community this summer. If you are seeking a new format for VBS, GenOn’s “All God’s Children: The Church Family Gathers for Summer” can be easily modified to meet your needs for at-home use or small backyard groups. To begin, order a free sample session here to preview. Review the session, and the accompanying instructions to modify. Once you are ready to move forward, purchase “All God’s Children: The Church Family Gathers for Summer” from the GenOn Store. All materials are downloadable and are for use with your VBS community only. Whether you meet...

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