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Edevotional by Brian Boyer

From Brian Boyer I must admit–when it comes to hymns, I am not much of a “words” guy.  I tend to treasure hymns based on the beauty of the music more so than the lyrics.  In fact it’s not just the melody, but the harmony parts, which really make a hymn “pop” for me.  There […]

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Edevotional by Linda Nixon

By Linda Nixon II recently saw a cartoon in The New Yorker that showed a woman saying, “My desire to be well-informed is currently at odds with my desire to remain sane.”  That about sums it up for me.  So, is it a spiritual obligation to be well-informed?  Or do I accept the concept my […]

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Connections

Each of our Sunday school classes has four components: Gather, Read and Respond, Prayer, and Sending Forth. These are also the four parts of a worship service structured to nurutres connection with God and one another. Here are the meaningful connections I saw on Sunday with the youngest class: When we gather, we begin with […]

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February Info For Children Youth and Families:

Throughout the school year all three of our classes have been following the worship readings very closely. During the rest of February, we will continue learning about Jesus life and ministry: Prek-3rd grades will explore a new parable each week using Montessori/Godly Play inspired lessons. This week’s parable will be the Mustard Seed (also used […]

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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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