Christians Engaged in Religion Formation

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Angelina Goldwell is the DRE for the First UMC of Olympia (fumcoly.org) . She acquired her Masters of Divinity from the Claremont College of Theology in 2012. She has practically a decade of expertise doing ministry with all ages and is especially targeted on intergenerational ministries.

I am keen on the church 12 months. I grew up in a practice of “smells and bells” and nonetheless firmly imagine that the seasons of the church 12 months invite us to have interaction all of our senses. Lent is my favourite season. As a toddler I regarded ahead pancakes on Tuesday night time and to receiving ashes on Wednesday. I grew up having fun with the triple ritual of fasting, prayer and almsgiving. My favourite shade is purple and I like the desert. I’ve a particular place in my coronary heart for the story of Jesus’ temptation: it’s a story that emphasizes the facility of information, the worth of dedication, the significance of selection, and with the ability to stand by yourself two ft in your religion journey. The phrases of Matthew 6:1-18 form my strategy to my inside religion life. As somebody who has skilled nice seasons of non secular drought, all the pieces about this season speaks to me.

In my time as a Christian educator I’ve had the chance train about this season to elementary, center college, highschool and with adults in varied life levels. Kids and youth succeed after they have robust relationships with adults to whom they aren’t associated.* At First Olympia we put together for the start of every liturgical season with an all-ages occasion. These occasions happen both throughout the Discipleship Hour (between providers) or are scheduled at alternate time for longer occasions. For Lent 2017 we now have three occasions scheduled:

All-Ages Lent Studying (Sunday February 26, 10am-11am)

The Sunday morning previous to the beginning of Lent we are going to provide our intergenerational studying occasion. I imagine to ensure that one thing to be intergenerational the construction and content material of that occasion requires the enter of a number of generations. The session define was developed in dialog with members of our Kids’s Council (which incorporates kids and youth) and the Discipleship Ministries Workforce (who oversee religion formation for adults). A PDF is on the market right here for church use.

New Member Potluck & Ash Wednesday Service (March 1, 2017)

Historically our church has finished a Pancake Dinner on Tuesday night time cooked and served by the workers.  We schedule quarterly potlucks for brand new members to fulfill lengthy standing members (we now have new members be part of on the 4th Sunday of the month and have a potluck on the primary Wednesday of the second month of the quarter) and determined to mix the 2. The potluck is welcome to all ages so along with dinner we are going to embrace some easy actions for youngsters (coloring books, exercise luggage stuffed with completely different textured objects, and so forth.). We cowl the tables with butcher paper and put crayons on every desk. On the butcher paper we write questions that the desk group could select to reply as a method to begin a dialog. For the Ash Wednesday service itself we are going to invite kids and youth to help within the distribution of the ashes and in different worship roles similar to greeters, ushers and readers.

All through the Lenten Season

Through the six weeks of Lent the youngsters and youth collaborate to create a wholly youngster/youth led worship service to happen following Easter. Every week they concentrate on a distinct part of the worship service with steering from adults who focus on these areas (ex: choir director helps the youngsters choose the songs, pastors assist with the construction/writing of the sermon, skilled ushers train the youngsters host to usher, and so forth.).

I hope these assets are useful to you, reader, and hope that you’ll take the time to let me know the way they’ve labored in your context.

*http://www.search-institute.org/content material/40-developmental-assets-adolescents-ages-12-18

**Please don’t promote this materials or re-post it on-line with out categorical written permission. 

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