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.
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Ministry in Minecraft – FREE Zoom Event – 20 Oct, 7:30pm
Over the past 18 months Rev. Sandy Brodine has been exploring creative ways of engaging her community with-in Minecraft. Drawing on this experience, in this FREE on-line event Sandy will particularly focus on Prayer possibilities, Building Bible stories and Engaging intergenerationally with-in the Minecraft context. Whether you’re familiar with Minecraft or not, this promises to be a fascinating evening for all!
More information & Registration: Ministry in Minecraft, using Minecraft in Ministry
Looking for ideas for Advent or Christmas that can involve different ages in worship or events; or ideas for Faith at Home? We’re updating the Advent/Christmas resources which are available in the resources section of this Website.
Join us for a Zoom session to hear more about these resources on Thurs 4 Nov at 10am. 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.
Time: Nov 4, 2021 10:00 AM Brisbane
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Meeting ID: 851 9567 5498
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.
Halloween/All Saints Day
Christians traditionally observe All Saints Day (1 November). Halloween (31st October), is a secular observation with both Christian and pagan roots. Christian attitudes toward Halloween range from ‘should not’ to ‘it’s quite OK’. There are valid arguments for both points of view. These resources are not intended to promote Halloween for its own sake. Rather they can be used as an opportunity to engage people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the context of their everyday lives. Also noting that Halloween falls on a Sunday this year it may be a time to consider how you can engage the community.
- Halloween Articles that talk about how different Christian families have responded to Halloween – including this family who decorates their house to celebrate the beauty of the light in the dark.
- Something to Smile About is an all-age event resource from UCA SA synod. It is intended to encourage parents and congregations to consider and respond to Halloween as we do to other aspects of our culture.
- Prays for Halloween
- A Light Party® is a family oriented event that provides fun and values in a safe environment on October 31. It’s suitable for churches, schools and other community groups.
- Messy Church @Home Holy Halloween – Share with households for fun in exploring the scariness and safe-home-ness of Psalm 23 – the Lord is my shepherd.
- Halloween for those Haunted by the Holy – A reflection from Beth Barnett about remembering the personal saints & public saints who have influence us and stand as an example of holy living.
- Undefeated Light – Some ideas from BRF to celebrate the light that shines in the darkness, which the darkness has not overcome (see John 1:5).
- Halloween Fears & Finding Courage – An assembly story from BRF concentrating on the power of God to release people from fear.
- Halloween Light & Dark – A session from BRF for use anytime as an exploration of the theme of light, and particularly for Halloween, All Saints, Advent or Candlemas
- All Saints Day – Suggestions from BRF for exploring the idea that saints are the whole body of Christ on earth and in heaven.
- Saints Alive – The aim of this all-age service outline from BRF is to focus on the present-day saints of your own congregation of God’s people.
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.