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Parents' Corner: Fun for the Whole Family of God

Two Questions: Wendy Claire Barrie

When Intergenerational Community Takes Root and Grows

One Great Idea: Cookie Night

Two Questions: John Roberto

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Parents' Corner: Fun for the Whole Family of God

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Shirley CarlsonLa Crescenta Presbyterian Church     My husband and I are snowbirds to Southern California where our son’s family with two of our grandchildren live. (We choose to get out of the brutal winters of the Mid-west.) Recently my granddaughter interviewed me for one of those grandmother’s story books. It has been a fun experience recalling and sharing with her some of my history. In an ideal world, grandparents would have easy access to their grandchildren, but in today’s mobile society, families are often separated by hundreds of miles. Fortunately, we can connect with FaceTime on our cell phones,...

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Two Questions: Wendy Claire Barrie

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Wendy Claire BarrieFamily FormationTrinity Church Wall StreetNew York, NY   In each edition of GenOn Connect, we will ask someone the same two questions about intergenerational ministry: “What keeps you up at night?” and “What gets you up in the morning?” What keeps you up at night? Having worked with kids my entire professional life, I am utterly convinced that adults benefit as much or more from being in relationship with kids as kids benefit from relationships with significant adults. What keeps me awake at night is how to convince other adults that this is so: that their own faith will...

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When Intergenerational Community Takes Root and Grows

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Liz  PerraudExecutive DirectorGenOn Ministries     In “A Vision of an Intergenerational Church” chapter from Generations Together, John Roberto writes about 14 benefits and blessings for living as an intentional intergenerational community. I can say that I have experienced all of them in my own church, and I’m sure many of you would say the same thing. Here are some snapshots from Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in Columbia, Maryland: Intergenerational experiences affirm each person’s value in the total community (regardless of age), teaching younger generations to value the older generations and the older the younger generations: The best high school...

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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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Two Questions: John Roberto

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  John RobertoVibrant Faith       In each edition of GenOn Connect, we will ask one member of the GenOn Ministries Advisory Council the same two questions about intergenerational ministry: “What keeps you up at night?” and “What gets you up in the morning?” What keeps you up at night? We know that intergenerational relationships and community life are essential for nurturing and sustaining a life of Christian faith and discipleship—in the young and in the old. Research is now providing evidence of the enduring importance of intergenerational experiences for the formation of faith in the younger generations, as...

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