Faith at Home

Starting the Year: Faith Formation

For me, this picture is a wonderful illustration of what we hope to nurture at NUMC: wonder, excitement, interaction, joy, and relationships with God and diverse people. With input from youth and adult leaders, I have developed our year-long faith formation lesson plan that I hope captures the spirit of this image. Faith formation classes […]

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What Do We Tell the Children

Micah 6:8 (from this week’s family devotional) “what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,     and to walk humbly with your God?” Dear parents: I missed worshiping and praying with you yesterday as I was away at my youngest brother’s wedding. Throughout the weekend, I was checking the news unfolding […]

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A Simple Peace Meditation for All Ages

During worship on Sunday, I asked everyone to close their eyes and imagine a time they felt peace: What do you see? Where are you? What sounds do you hear? What do you smell? How do you feel? Is there a taste that comes to mind when you remember your peaceful place?  After everyone opened […]

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Service or Mission?

A few weeks ago, I asked the youth about mission projects and quickly realized I hadn’t set up the conversation well. I know the care our youth have for all God’s creation including the environment, animals, the elderly, and LGBTQ+ persons.  NUMC youth are deeply caring and passionate people! I was looking forward to a […]

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Three lessons from tie-dyeing

On Sunday, 16 people enjoyed a tie dye party during youth group. Before we began, we had a good discussion about changes we have experienced in our lives. It seems everyone has experienced significant changes. As our church community undergoes a pastoral change, I thought it might be helpful to share three lessons about change revealed […]

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Summer, Sabbath and Screens – Summer Faith Formation Week 2

Last Sunday our youth group family activity was attending the viewing of Screenagers at Gloria Dei. The documentary follows one family’s attempt to be intentional about the ways they use technology. Gloria Dei did an outstanding job welcoming the community and facilitating this important discussion. There is one particular part of the discussion that followed […]

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Summer Faith Formation: Week 1

Registered families will receive the Illustrated Compassion Devotional via email each week. To be added to our mailing list, please contact Christine@northbrookumc.org.  David shows kindness to Mephibosheth (that’s a mouthful!) is a story we don’t read often.  Christine’s Parent tip: King David is sometimes lifted as a Bible hero (David and Goliath). The truth is, he did […]

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What do children think about during worship?

Sitting with children in church is a window to their thoughts. They are paying attention. They understand the stories we share. They are engaged with the imagery of our faith. On Sunday we heard Acts 1: 1-14 where Jesus is taken into heaven. During children’s time, we had a relay (using a beach ball as […]

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Summering with Intention and Compassion

Are you doing the summer happy dance? I know I am. With summer comes a reprieve from the daily grind of school/homework/packing lunches, a chance to enjoy the weather, take on a less hurried rhythm, and maybe even sleep in a little! We look forward to the opportunities to spend time with friends and explore […]

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The Good Shepherd and World Communion from May 7

During worship on Sunday, we heard the story of the Good Shepherd and World Communion. When I asked where this table might be, one child answered, “heaven.” This is a beautiful answer that reminds us that at the Communion table we join those who have followed Jesus throughout history to share God’s love present in […]

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