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Partnering with families in faith formation

If Wednesday is the new Sunday then what does that mean for Christian education?

Generations Together: Nothing New?

Are you growing or shrinking?

The Year without VBS

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Partnering with families in faith formation

Posted by Liz Perraud at

One of my favorite rooms on a LOGOS evening is the kitchen. There's a buzz about that place-I've seen it in churches all over no matter the size of the program or the sophistication of the meals. In my church we've had a year of a busted dishwasher, a broken hot water heater, hurt (and healed!) feelings, deeply personal stories, and rounds of the flu. Too many people some nights and not enough people other nights. And yet there's a common purpose (to deliver dinner on time!) and always a welcoming atmosphere for those seeking a place to serve at...

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If Wednesday is the new Sunday then what does that mean for Christian education?

Posted by Liz Perraud at

There was a day when schools and communities guarded Wednesday night as “church night.” Rarely were school sports practices or evening events scheduled. And then there wasn’t that day. Maybe the practice was more of a Bible Belt thing—most common in the south and midwest states. Growing up in the DC area I have no memory of Wednesday night reserved for religious reasons and it certainly wasn’t the case for my children. We all know about the gradual erosion of Sunday morning as “sacred” time. About 20 years ago, our soccer club ruled that no game would start prior to...

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Generations Together: Nothing New?

Posted by Liz Perraud at

I love (almost) nothing more than reading an article or a book about bringing the generations together. I couldn’t wait to see “The Intern” with Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway—a movie about generational issues in the workplace (great premise, kind of dumb delivery). My passion is connecting generations through the church but other settings are fascinating and interesting to me too. So with excitement I opened an email from Alban with the title “Churches Need to Improve their Generational IQ.” I was all ready to share the article on Facebook or tweet it and comment with “Yes!” or “Indeed!”...

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Are you growing or shrinking?

Posted by Liz Perraud at

Immersed in three days of learning is always a treat (something I didn't appreciate as much years ago). Those of you who attend conferences know the learning doesn't just happen in the workshop or at the plenary session (though certainly there!). Attending the e-Formation Conference at Virginia Theological Seminary alone meant I ate with strangers for the most part and yet was struck by fascinating conversation and connections (and learning!) over every single meal--and walks across the seminary campus to and from the meals. I bumped into a few people I know (check out Rev. Casey Wait FitzGerald's biblical storytelling blog...

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The Year without VBS

Posted by Liz Perraud at

There was a small construction project at the church scheduled for the summer months and our long-time Vacation Bible School Director was stepping down more than a little burned out. I was serving on the Christian Education Committee and we wrestled with what to do about VBS for children’s ministry. I think it was less about the construction project (we could have worked around it) and more about the burned-out director and a little late in the year to find a new one. Should we cancel VBS this year? It certainly was an option but the LOGOS Leadership Team decided to take...

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