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One Great Idea: LOGOS Finale

Denominations Come Together for a Common Purpose

Bridging Gaps Through LOGOS

One Great Idea: Cookie Night

All Aboard for Transformation!

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One Great Idea: LOGOS Finale

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Lynn Nuzzo Director of Children’s Ministry First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton, IL Every year our LOGOS program has a big celebration on the last evening of the year. The families and  all the volunteers come together for this very special night. Everyone gathers in the Sanctuary to begin the celebration with a time of thanks and praise. Families sit together and watch a video presentation of our year together. Lots of fun pictures are shared and memories are made! After the video, the graduating 8th graders are given a special time of recognition. A slide show of the kids participating...

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Denominations Come Together for a Common Purpose

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Betsy DishmanTraining CoordinatorGenOn Ministries   What would inspire seven churches, including Presbyterian (PCUSA), United Methodist, Presbyterian (ECO), Nondenominational, and Free Methodist to gather together? If you answered, “a desire to provide excellent ministry for children and youth,” you’re right! This common goal helps to build bridges in communities where Christian churches of various denominations and backgrounds can benefit from learning and networking together.   Recently First Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg, VA offered a Children’s Ministry Gathering led by GenOn. The takeaways for participants could be applied to midweek ministry, Sunday mornings in Sunday School or LIFT, and other areas of...

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Bridging Gaps Through LOGOS

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Jenni NesbittDirector of Christian FormationSt. Paul's UMC, Coronado, CA The Bridge is our LOGOS ministry at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Coronado, California.  We decided to call our program The Bridge for several reasons.  One of our biggest goals with The Bridge is to narrow or bridge the generational gaps that exist in our congregation.  We wanted our youth to interact openly and easily with other members of our congregation despite their age.  We also saw The Bridge as a way to reach our students mid-week.  To be able to bridge their faith from a Sunday-only mindset to a...

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One Great Idea: Cookie Night

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Christina LandenbergerDirector of Faith Formation & Youth MinistryFirst Presbyterian Church of Grand Island, Nebraska The Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity holds an annual fundraiser, the Christmas Cookie Walk, the first week of December. Donated cookies are sold by the pound to raise funds for the organization, which has built 96 homes in our community. This year they had more than 14,000 cookies and sold out in less than two hours! On the Wednesday before the Cookie Walk, church members and LOGOS families are asked to bring homemade sugar cookies ready for decorating. Our LOGOS Recreation and Worship Arts times...

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All Aboard for Transformation!

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Liz  PerraudExecutive DirectorGenOn Ministries     A caterpillar changing into a beautiful butterfly is an oft-used image for transformation. From crawling to flying. From plain to beautiful. From unnoticed to wow! And though it’s a powerful illustration, perhaps we need something else to describe a congregation transitioning from multigenerational to intergenerational. That systemic change from multiple generations in the same building to those generations in relationship, is much less of an overnight “eureka”! Could a moving train describe a church traveling from “here” to a planned and purposeful “there”— transforming to a new way of being the church, growing disciples,...

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