Archive for January, 2017

First Sundays with Children and Youth

First Sundays are the most faith forming Sundays of the month at NUMC! On first Sundays all ages worship together and share Holy Communion. Worshiping together, even when it seems playful or noisy or messy, is serious work. In fact, it is likely the single most important thing we do to nurture the faith of […]

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FAQ’s about Children and Communion

Northbrook United Methodist Church celebrates the sacrament of Holy Communion on the first Sunday of every month during our all ages service at 10 a.m.. Children are a vital part of the worshiping community and welcome at Christ’s table. Our Director of Ministries with Children and Youth has a letter of encouragement for parents bringing their […]

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Keeping Up With The Jones’

Jesus calls Simon, Andrew, James and John, his first disciples, when they are out fishing with nets. He invites them to follow him and to “catch people.”  The image of catching people in a fishing net can be a bit unsettling.  So, I wondered, what if we imagined that Jesus is calling us to hold […]

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Three things about the Bible

This past Sunday, the same amazing question bubbled up in several places. One very clever kindergartner asked, “if fiction is made up and non-fiction is real, is the Bible fiction or non-fiction?” Youth wrote, “is the Bible true?” on a question card.  A parent wondered aloud, “does reading the Bible from a non-literal perspective mean […]

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I thank God for grandchildren

I thank God for grandchildren.  They must be our reward for not abandoning our own children during their teens.  For having raised our kids through the terrible twos, moody adolescence, and know-it-all college years, we now get all the joy, love and rewards of parenthood without the sleepless nights, endless worry, and constant second-guessing of […]

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Letting Christ’s light out into the World

By Alice Lonoff When the designers of our new Chancel area told us a few years ago that there would be a screen between the windows and the Sanctuary, I was not pleased.  Our windows are already small, and we would be putting them behind a screen?  How would that work? But now I enjoy […]

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Sunday School Focus: process over product

For Baptism of the Lord Sunday, our PreK-3 class and our 4-5 grade class began making an art project using our initials as we learned about Jesus’s baptism. The watercolor paints remind us of the waters of baptism through which we claim our identity (like our initials) as beloved children of God. This project is […]

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On Prayer and Resolutions

As we enter the new year, I find myself thinking about personal resolutions that would help me to live a healthier, happier life. I want to grow as a person, but  recognize that I have a limited amount of time. I am wary, yet hopeful, that I can find realistic ways to nourish my mind, […]

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