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Are You Planning a Church Retreat?

Experience LIFT in Intergenerational Ministry Workshop

Parents’ Corner: Farewell

Two Questions: Kathy Wolf Reed

LIFT Engages All Ages at Trinity UCC

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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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Experience LIFT in Intergenerational Ministry Workshop

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Kim LooneyPlymouth Congregational Church Syracuse, NY When I saw that GenOn was leading a workshop at the recent InterGenerate conference in Nashville, I was thrilled because I was about to begin a four-week Summer LIFT experiment with my congregation and welcomed the opportunity to experience LIFT for myself first. I felt both surprised and relieved at how simple LIFT can be! And yet its simplicity does not take away from the depth of the experience. It adds to it because there is more room for flexibility and relationship building while exploring the shared stories of our faith. As Director of...

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Parents’ Corner: Farewell

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        Editor’s note: This column is the last from our dear friend Shirley Carlson, who has shared wisdom and ideas about Christian parenting faithfully with our readers for several years. Thank you, Shirley, for offering your faith and service to us. We wish you well as you move into God’s future callings for you Shirley CarlsonLa Crescenta Presbyterian Church     Relationships are what life is all about, and you want your relationship with your child to be a good one and for it to last through your entire lives.  I have enjoyed the relationship I have...

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Two Questions: Kathy Wolf Reed

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Rev. Kathy Wolf Reed Co-Pastor, First Presbyterian ChurchAuburn, AL         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? The diverse needs of an intergenerational congregation. In a church where many phases of life are represented, nurture (necessarily) takes different forms. In the nursery and pre-K rooms, we do our best to help our youngest members come to know church as a place where they are safe and treasured as...

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LIFT Engages All Ages at Trinity UCC

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Trinity United Church of Christ in Wooster, Ohio introduced Sunday LIFT (Living in Faith Together) to their congregation this spring, right after Easter. Church leaders hoped LIFT would help get more people involved outside of their worship services and usual Sunday school classes. And it did! Director of Christian Education and the Arts Suzanne Feltner shared, “Many said it was a wonderful time of fellowship and that the activities engaged people of all ages.” Suzanne also said that the curriculum was easy to follow and offered things some people would not normally do, like make a rain gauge, discuss scripture...

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