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"That's my pew!"

Passing Up the Faith

Mr. Ernie!

Building Good Ministry Today for Tomorrow’s Young Disciples

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"That's my pew!"

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Rebecca Kirkpatrick, in her Bread Not Stones blog article, “Attachment Worshiping: sharing the pew with one another” says, “We tend to think of the most sacred places in our sanctuaries as behind the pulpit, table and font or even beneath the cross, but the pew is just as holy. The space between us in the pew is sacred as well.” She recounts stories and examples of that sacred pew space for people of all ages and wonders, “So if this space is so holy and so vital to our relationships with significant others, with our colleagues, with our friends, with...

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Passing Up the Faith

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Intergenerational faith formation isn’t just about the kids. Passing on the faith is not always about passing DOWN the faith, sometimes it’s about passing it up. Don’t believe me? Read what my 81 year old friend Bill Gretsch says about his experience with intergenerational faith formation. “I take pictures at LOGOS.  I always look in at the preschool and see the kids playing, sleeping or being comforted.  The love given by the leaders is unconditional and a model for living.  Glorious! I eat dinner with the youngest children, and it brings back to me when I helped raise my own family. ...

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Mr. Ernie!

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I like reminders! And I need reminders. I put lots of notes on my calendars (both paper and electronic), on my iPhone “to do” list, sticky notes here and there around my desk and on my kitchen cabinets. I have a Bible app that prods me to read each day (again and again).   I especially like reminders of another sort—stories or even commercials that remind me that God wants us to know it’s important to care for and about one another. Good, healthy relationships. And especially the intergenerational kind. Here’s my latest favorite commercial. I showed it for our...

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Building Good Ministry Today for Tomorrow’s Young Disciples

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Good ministry, according to GenOn Program Director Suzie Lane, is not just for those in the church today. It's also for those who are to come.           When we as church leaders plan for building young disciples, we make decisions about what activities our children or youth are interested in, where they like to go for mission work, and what current culture requires for relevant discussion and study.           But what if instead of focusing on "these kids" in church today, we considered what our plans might mean for future generations -...

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Choosing Your Family’s Future

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By Shirley Carlson, La Crescenta Presbyterian Church, California Want to put a different spin on New Year's resolutions this year? Instead of letting life just happen, be intentional. Decide what you want your family 's purpose to be. What is your family passionate about? What do you hope to accomplish as a family? What is God's plan for your family? Plan family meetings to discuss and to dream, to pray for guidance, and to begin to put together a family vision. Be sure to include all of your children, ages 3 and older. Some thoughts to help you determine God's plan for...

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