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The Joy of Shared Life 

Regathering and Reconnecting Your Church Community

Gathering All with LIFT

Our First Day with LIFT (Living in Faith Together)

Bringing the Intergenerational Relationship Piece to Bible Lessons

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The Joy of Shared Life 

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  Andre Jordan “AJ” Wallace Second-Year Student Princeton Seminary AJ, right, in an intergenerational Sunday morning ministry during his internship.           I had the joy of working at a church for the first time this summer. I held very little to no expectations about how the summer would unfold. While I can say numerous things about the wonderful experience I had as a seminary intern, I want to share what I believe was one of the greatest lessons I learned this summer – the power of presence. More specifically, the power of people showing up in...

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Regathering and Reconnecting Your Church Community

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  Liz PerraudExecutive DirectorGenOn Ministries     It’s the summer of 2021, and we’re gazing ahead to fall. How are you doing? Can we help? Recently, GenOn hosted an online Round Table to discuss Sunday morning intergenerational faith formation. We Zoomed and all shared ideas, benefits, and how to make potential hybrid settings work.  One participant observed that people have become comfortable worshipping from home (good!), Sunday mornings are more relaxed (awesome!), but that maybe people need motivation to return to in-person church community (aha!). A bit of inertia has settled in after more than a year of being home....

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Gathering All with LIFT

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LIFT prior to COVID restrictions. Rachel E. Núñez Director of Faith Formation Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Akron, OH After the initial shut-down and following the Easter season and working week-to-week with individual story and faith formation themes, I reintroduced LIFT (Living in Faith Together) as a weekly offering for Intergenerational Faith Formation. I had already purchased LIFT Summer “God Creates” and had it scheduled for our summer gatherings. We shifted gears and provided the materials as a hard copy through mail and we also included it in a member’s only e-mail. I stretched the “God Creates” curriculum over June and July...

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Our First Day with LIFT (Living in Faith Together)

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Kim Looney Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries Plymouth Congregational Church Syracuse, NY Editor’s note: Kim wrote about attending the Sunday LIFT workshop in our last newsletter. Read that article. My church had its first LIFT on Sunday, and it was fantastic (with around 60 participants)! It was pouring rain right about the time when everyone arrived for worship (fitting for the theme of the day). We had a baptism during worship, and after worship everyone was invited to our fellowship hall to explore the first Summer LIFT Water Story: A Big Boat. Each age group got a different colored...

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Bringing the Intergenerational Relationship Piece to Bible Lessons

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Marla Paulson Director of Youth and Family Ministry St. John’s Lutheran Church Bloomer, WI It’s that time of the year when I, as the Youth Director of a Lutheran congregation in Wisconsin, begin to make decisions concerning what curriculum will be used for the Sunday and Wednesday faith formation programs that are offered. I have been the Director of Youth and Family Ministry for 20 years. During the month of June, I take time to go through the evaluations that volunteers have given concerning lesson plans, how difficult or easy they were to use, etc. For several years I was...

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