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A Simpler VBS During COVID Season

What Are We Learning from the Pandemic?

Two Questions: Mary Hawes

Youth Gatherings Become Intergenerational with LIFT

Becoming Intentionally Intergenerational

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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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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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Becoming Intentionally Intergenerational

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Rev. Dr. Christian D. Boyd Pastor, Southminster PC (USA), Waukesha, Wisconsin Stated Clerk, Presbytery of Milwaukee PC (USA)         Southminster Presbyterian Church (USA) in Waukesha, Wisconsin, four years ago discerned its core values and practices as a part of its 50-year anniversary and the kickoff of strategic planning. One of the core values articulated was around Christian formation for all ages and participation in God’s mission. In short, Southminster is called to be intergenerational. The ramifications of this are rethinking how we do Christian education and Sunday school, especially in light of the multiple time commitments of...

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