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Parents Corner: Partnering with Young People

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Intergenerational Impact

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Inside Out: The alien has landed

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Parents Corner: Partnering with Young People

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By Shirley Carlson What does it mean to "partner" with children and youth?  Do we treat them as equal partners in our churches and at home?  Do we want to?  How does God answer that question?  Jesus said, "Let the children come unto me."  There are other references to partnering with youth in the Bible as well. "Truly I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18:3-4).  God intends for us to learn from each other....

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Partnering with families in faith formation

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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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Intergenerational Impact

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By Amanda Hinthorn, Sun Prairie United Methodist Church, Sun Prairie, WI It has been a tradition in our LOGOS ministry at Sun Prairie UMC for several years to host Heart of the Church Night around Valentine's Day. We send invites to members of our congregation who fall into the demographic of age 55 and better. Our elementary students and table parents welcome these guests during our Family Time. We spend time the week before talking about what it means to have a guest at our table. Then we let the kids practice what they've learned. It is by far one...

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Children's Moments: Tell (and show!) the story

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In “Postmodern Children’s Ministry” Ivy Beckwith makes the case for no children’s messages/sermons/moments (“most children’s sermons do little to engage the community as a whole”). For those times though when she does participate in traditional children’s sermons she writes, “I’m very careful not to fall into the trap of using symbolic language and abstract ideas. While the adults love the traditional object lesson, most children never make the connection between the nifty science experiment and the spiritual truth it’s supposed to represent. Therefore, I use the children’s sermon to retell the biblical narrative on which the sermon is based.” Artist...

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Inside Out: The alien has landed

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There's a lot packed into this fun and interesting cartoon that needs unpacking with your children!

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