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Two Questions: Dora Sawh

Flexible Intergenerational Gatherings with LIFT

A Simpler VBS During COVID Season

What Are We Learning from the Pandemic?

Two Questions: Mary Hawes

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Two Questions: Dora Sawh

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Dora SawhFirst Presbyterian ChurchJamaica Queens, NY       What keeps me up at night? As coordinator of Kid’s Church, I’ve been there long enough to be teaching second generation families.  I have watched our children grow up, go to college and settle elsewhere. Very few return to church.   What can the church do for the next generation? Why do our kids not return? Where do they go?  How will the church be able to thrive if all our young people disappear? We looked at what was important to this generation, and their sense of community is strong and deep...

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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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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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