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A "LIFT" During the Pandemic: Ministry with Youth

What Do You Think?

Guests at Our Tables: Celebrating Advent During a Pandemic

Keep Your Intergenerational Ministries Going Forward: New Online Training Options

Moving Those Milestones

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A "LIFT" During the Pandemic: Ministry with Youth

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Rev. Shanna KronkAssociate Pastor First United Methodist Church Burkburnett, TX We had our first LIFT meeting with youth (distanced and masked), and it was a HUGE hit! We met from 4:30pm-6:00pm, which was perfect. I started with snacks and a game (Pictionary related to the parable of the sower), then we had opening prayer and the scripture with a little time of “wonder questions.” I printed the discussion questions (modified a little for an older group and added a few others) and printed them out, one per table. Each table chose a scribe to record the group’s thoughts and inspirations....

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What Do You Think?

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Liz PerraudExecutive DirectorGenOn Ministries Our granddaughter is nearly four and asks “why?” a lot. We take walks on the path through the woods near our home which is often when the questions arise. “Why is this called ‘the woods’ and not ‘a forest’?” “Why aren’t there wolves here?” “Why are mushrooms growing at the playground?” “Why is your kitty in heaven?” I usually respond in one of three ways. “Because…” (when I’m fairly certain of the answer)“I think…” (when I can make a good guess)“I don’t know…” (when I haven’t a clue) When I’m really on the ball, though, I...

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Guests at Our Tables: Celebrating Advent During a Pandemic

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With minor adaptations, the celebrations work well for households to do at home—either gathering their own supplies or having a church leader create pick-up kits for them.

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Keep Your Intergenerational Ministries Going Forward: New Online Training Options

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A cornerstone of GenOn Ministries has been our in-person training where faith communities are enriched and Christian relationships deepen. In recent months, we’ve adapted swiftly to meet the current needs of churches and organizations seeking ways to move forward while relying on virtual community via video conferencing. Our focus for training in 2020-2021 is virtual. INTERGENERATIONAL PATHWAYS ONLINE (90 MINUTES) Explores the concept of intergenerational ministry to discover why gathering multiple generations together to learn, worship, serve and build relationships is important for faith development and church vitality. Includes time for planning practical ways to become a more intentionally intergenerational faith community. $35/person.Download...

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Moving Those Milestones

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Liz PerraudExecutive DirectorGenOn Ministries How many celebrations, recognitions, or special gatherings have I missed since mid-March? Weddings, graduations, birthdays, moves; religious holidays, church trips, dedications, and gatherings; annual conferences, meetings, and Youth Summits. Lots. There’s grief as each one passes and can’t be celebrated or experienced as hoped.What have you missed or experienced in radically different ways during the past few months? Many of these happenings are milestones. Milestones are actions or events that mark something of significance, often a stage in development. We think of recognizing milestones as something accomplished (driver’s license) or reached (50th birthday). A milestone, literally,...

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