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You Got to Move

Two Questions: Sarah Bentley Allred

Seminary Corner: Ritual Revolution

Growing Mutual Investment in Worship

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You Got to Move

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Liz PerraudExecutive DirectorGenOn Ministries I heard an old spiritual on the radio the other day… You got to move, you got to move You got to move, child, you got to move But when the Lord get ready You got to move You may be high, you may be low You may be rich, child, you may be poor But when the Lord get ready You got to move It reminded me of key advice I received from a doctor about how best to recover from a major medical situation—maintain an active lifestyle. You got to move. The church is...

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Two Questions: Sarah Bentley Allred

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Sarah Bentley AllredEditor, Building Faith for Lifelong LearningVirginia Theological Seminary     In each edition of IG Mix, we ask someone in ministry the same two questions about intergenerational ministry: What keep you up at night?A frequent topic of my night-time rumination, for which I have no answers, is children’s programming during worship, sometimes called Children’s Chapel. As someone passionate about intergenerational worship, I believe that it is best practice for all ages to be together for the entire worship service. And yet, parents tell me how difficult it is to worship with young children. And church leaders tell me parents want...

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Seminary Corner: Ritual Revolution

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Andre Jordan “AJ” WallaceSecond-Year StudentPrinceton Seminary       I sometimes wonder if the church has forgotten that bearing the image of God is a communal task (Genesis 1:26).  I say this out of recognition of the cultural practice of not often including young people in our regular rhythms of worship. Yes, we have our Youth Sundays and children’s sermons that take up a few moments of a service, but many of our congregations probably don’t have consistent liturgies that are truly intergenerational.   Why don’t we have children regularly lead us in our worship services? Why do we seem to embrace the idea that young children cannot testify and bear witness to the...

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Growing Mutual Investment in Worship

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Liz PerraudExecutive DirectorGenOn Ministries       GenOn Ministries defines intergenerational ministry as nurturing Christ-centered community by bringing together two or more generations in planned and purposeful settings, where all are mutually invested. Intergenerational ministry is more than faith formation curriculum. It is about infusing the whole church with an ethos—the characteristic spirit of the community guided by its beliefs or ideas. Eventually, this intergenerational spirit impacts everyone and everything. Where to begin? GenOn has identified four ministry areas for the church: worship, study, service, and fellowship. We suggest using our free Snapshot tool with a team to evaluate and...

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Are You Planning a Church Retreat?

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Retreats are excellent settings for growing intergenerational relationships. And, now we have a BRAND NEW resource in our All God’s Children series that is designed for your retreat! ALL GOD’S CHILDREN: THE CHURCH FAMILY GATHERS FOR RETREAT Church programs often separate people by age for education and fellowship activities. A retreat is a unique extended event designed to set aside time for spiritual growth where we leave our usual routine and settle into God’s presence for personal growth, spiritual solace and strengthening relationships. It is a time to surround ourselves with love and grow deeper in our journey with God....

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