Why do Intergenerational Ministry?
Much research shows that children & youth who are part of the wider faith community are more likely to feel a part of their faith community. Bringing the generations together benefits children, youth & adults at all ages & stages of life. The relationships that can be developed across the generations are beneficial for all.
“The clearest way of learning to be Christian is to participate with others in the practices of being Christian.” p24 Generations Together (Amedi, Merhaut & Roberto)
The Bible talks about being in community:
- Deut 6
- Deut 29:10-12
- Ps 78
- Ps 145:4
- Joel 2:16
- 1 Cor 12
What do we mean by Intergenerational?
“Simply put, it is ministry that focuses on connecting multiple generations in faith-forming relationships cultivated through times of corporate worship, intentional discipleship, and ongoing mentorship.” Christina Embree
“two or more different age groups of people in a religious community together learning/growing/living in faith through in-common experiences, parallel learning, contributive-occasions, and interactive sharing.” James White, quoted p117-118 Generations Together
Choose your ADVENTure
ZOOM | WED 28 OCT | 1 PM
Looking for ideas for Advent that can involve different ages or ideas for Faith at Home? We’re collating a range of resources which will be available on the Presbytery Website soon. Join us for a Zoom session to hear more about Choose Your Own ADVENTure on Wed 28 Oct at 1pm. Come along to share what you’re planning for Advent and to hear other ideas. Advent & Christmas is a great time to help households easily add a faith element to what they are already doing. We want to support you as you support and encourage the people in your congregation during this season. For more information contact Jill – firstname.lastname@example.org
Advent in a Box
including a number of resources in a box for households. You can use others ideas or make up your own box or provide a sample of a range of resources that households can choose from.
Faithful Families Advent and Christmas in a Box – Give the book along with materials for a few of the activities
Drawing God for Advent Idea Kit – Can be used with or without the Drawing God book
Messy Christmas – This book has 3 Complete Sessions and a Treasure Trove of Ideas for Advent, Christmas & Epiphany
Lost Sheep Stories – Great stories to read in church or gift to families
Engage Together – Intergenerational Worship Resource for Advent 2020
Online Pageant Resources
Picture a Day for Advent
Intergenerate Webinar 9am, Tues 10 November – Corey Seibel sharing about Engaging All Generations – Drawing upon insights from the forthcoming book, Engage All Generations: A Strategic Toolkit for Creating Intergenerational Faith Communities, this webinar will feature practical ways to involve people of all ages in the life of the church. To find out more or to register visit https://www.intergenerate.com.au/webinars
Curious Creatures, Wild Minds: Children’s Literature & Faith Session
Although this event has been cancelled the handouts and video will be made available. WATCH THIS SPACE
Download these free Intergenerational Worship Engage Together Resources for August – September
The CTM has a number of other free Engage Together Resources for various seasons of the year or different parts of the lectionary cylce.
InterGenerate: Transforming Churches through Intergenerational Ministry – Holly Catterton Allen
InterGenerate addresses important questions of why we should bring the generations back together, but even more significantly, how we can bring generations back together. An exciting and distinctive aspect of InterGenerate is the vast diversity of voices men and women ranging in age from millennials to baby boomers, representing multiple countries and over a dozen denominations all seeking ways to become more intentionally intergenerational in their outlook and practice. The Centre for Theology and Ministry has “taster” handouts for each chapter.
Intergenerational Christian Formation: Bringing the Whole Church Together in Ministry, Community and Worship – Holly Catterton Allen & Christine Lawton Ross
A good overview of what Interegenerational Christian Formation is. This books shares the biblical, theological, theoretical & social sciences support for Intergenerational ministry practice. It then delves deeper into Intergenerational Christian Practices including worship, learning experiences, story sharing, service & missions; and small groups. Having both the theory and the practice makes it a very valuable resource for anyone wanting to explore intergenerational ministry for their context.
Generations Together: Caring, Praying, Learning, Celebrating & Serving Faithfully – Kathie Amidei, Jim Merhaut, and John Roberto
Faith is transmitted from generation to generation in extended families and intergenerational congregations. Every congregation can discover its intergenerational heart and soul, and become an intentionally intergenerational community that nurtures the faith of all ages and equips them for living as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today. This book includes a congregational toolkit for becoming intentionally intergenerational.
Based on groundbreaking research with over 250 leading congregations from different denominations and geographical places, Growing Young provides a strategy any church can use to involve and retain teenagers and young adults. It profiles innovative churches that are engaging 15- to 29-year-olds and as a result are growing–spiritually, emotionally, missionally, and numerically. Packed with both research and practical ideas, Growing Young shows pastors and ministry leaders how to position their churches to engage younger generations in a way that breathes vitality, life, and energy into the whole church.