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
What is Intergenerational Ministry? – A useful 2 page resource which looks at what is intergenerational ministry, why intergenerational ministry, best practcies for intergenerational ministry and some questions to think about in becoming a more intergenerational in your ministry.
Amplify is a ministry training event focusing on Children & Families ministry, Youth ministry and Serving Schools.
The Presbytery has purchased an AMPLIFY digital package which includes the Keynote sessions as well as 12 electives.
Wed 23 March 11am – 2pm at Pres Office or on Zoom Postponed New date TBC
- Keynote Children & Families – Rachel Turner
- Enabling Fringe Families to Spiritually Parent – Rachel Turner
- Transforming a Declining Older Congregation Through Missional Intergenerational Faith Practices
Sat 26 March 11am – 2pm at the Pres Office or on Zoom Postponed New date TBC
- Keynote Youth & Young Adults – Dan Paterson
- Engaging Spiritual Conversations with Youth – Steve Forward
- Identity Matters: Nurturing Young People’s Spiritual & Personal Identity
Evening Session Mon 28 March 7 – 9pm at St Paul’s Uniting Church, Stafford or on Zoom
- Leading in a Multigenerational Society – Andy Kirk
- Equipping Families for Difficult Times – Rachel Turner
More sessions coming in term 2.
Topics still to come:
- Keynote Voices of our Young People
- Keynote Junior Leaders – Ben Dainton
- Keynote RI in schools – David Baker
- Parenting as a Church Leader – Rachel Turner
- Engaging Kids in God’s Big Story – Leanne Palmer
- Ministry Resources that Help Cultivate Lifelong Faith – Grow Ministries
- Relevant Kids Ministry in 2022 – Tracy Valentine
- Ministry at the Margins – Jim Schirmer
- Intergenerational “Preaching” – Making Scripture more nourishing than sermons – Beth Barnett
For more information or Zoom login, please contact Jill firstname.lastname@example.org or ring the office 3366 0236 to discuss other options. If you’re interested in watching some sessions but these dates/times don’t work for you, please contact us.
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Ministry in Minecraft – Recording of the event
Rev. Sandy Brodine has been exploring creative ways of engaging her community with-in Minecraft. Drawing on this experience, Sandy shares about Prayer possibilities, Building Bible stories and Engaging intergenerationally with-in the Minecraft context. Whether you’re familiar with Minecraft or not, this may be a useful tool for your ministry context.
Digital Tools for Faith Formation – Recording of the event
Rev Amanda Nicholas speaks about faith formation and education using online tools.
Advent: Something is Coming! – FB live explaining the resource that can be used as part of worship, as a separate event or by households.
Resources to help explore Intergenerational
Engage Together: More Than Worship, More Than Sunday – A free UCA downloadable resource to help a team/church think about becoming a more intergenerational community with what, why & how plus questions for reflection and action about intergenerational ministry in your community/context.
23 Easy things you can try to encourage Intergenerational Connection – from the Australian Intergenerational Roundtable
- LIFT (Living in Faith Together) – Brings generations together to share food, learn, worship & have fun
- GIFT (Growing in Faith Together) – Intergenerational Activities for events and take home sheets for households
- Cross+Gen Conversations – a resource designed to help you lead your church in caring cross generational (Cross+Gen) faith encounters built around the basic themes of faith.
The CTM has a number of other free Engage Together Resources for various seasons of the year or different parts of the lectionary cylce.
Communion Storycine – Based on Luke 22:10-24 these slides using plasticine characters to share about the last supper and communion.
Looking for ideas for Advent or Christmas that can involve different ages in worship or events; or ideas for Faith at Home? We’ve updated the Advent/Christmas resources which are available in the resources section of this Website.
Marking significant events at all ages with a ritual that includes faith is another significant way to nurture lifelong faith. Below are some links to ideas that can help with celebrations that can be recognised and marked in faith communities:
- Growing Up Together – Intergenerational rituals (UCA) to mark rites of passage in the lives of children and young people.
- Milestones Ministry – guides and resource materials to assist development of faith formation in the home, congregation, and community
- Growing Faith Moments – These Moments have been created to encourage congregations and families to share those moments that happen in our life, the celebrations and the hard times. It’s a gentle way of bringing God into everyday life. These moments include celebrations for children, teen and adult significant events.
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.
Engage All Generations suggests how every church can build on its potential and become a more vibrant witness of God’s Kingdom. Divided into three sections, the book focuses on key growth edges in the unfolding conversation about intergenerational ministry: Learning and Growing Together, Praying and Playing Together, and Leading and Changing Together. Practical, accessible, encouraging, and thought-provoking, this book provides the crucial next building block in our understanding of intergenerational ministry. It is sure to benefit congregations already engaged in fostering intergenerational approaches and those desiring to experiment with becoming intentionally intergenerational.
If you are ready to explore designing, testing, and tweaking new faith formation models aimed at engaging parents and kids of the post-Gutenberg, post-television, internet era family, come on in. It’s going to be a wild ride back to the future when Deuteronomy 6 (“when you lie down and when you rise”) meets Acts 2 (“they met in homes and temple”) and the 21st Century non-nuclear faith family.
The vision? Life together where the wisdom of the elder and the wonder of the child collide on a weekly basis in the same sacred space at church and in each other’s prayers every night in every home. If you are ready to explore designing new faith formation models that engage all ages and stages of life in joy, discovery and love, come on in. The adjacent possible of Cross+Gen ministry is waiting for you. And it is going to be grand.
Struggling to offer a children’s program that resonates with young families? Finding it difficult to recruit teachers and volunteers for your children’s program? Want a children’s ministry that is grounded in Christ’s foundational teachings and relevant to the experiences of children today? This must-have guide to rethinking your children’s ministry is informed and intelligent, with the lighthearted humor so helpful to working with children. Through storytelling, testimonials, and research-based creativity, you’ll be inspired and energized to use your church’s gifts, your children’s interests, and your families’ needs to develop a children’s ministry that fits your church and the people in it. Colette Potts offers a successful model for a congregation to turn around their children’s ministry program to engage the whole congregation in worship, learning, and service while partnering with parents for bridging the formation gap between Sunday morning at church and the rest of the week at home and beyond.