Faith at Home

Guiding Star Word: Five Minute Faith

For those who follow the lectionary (yearly schedule of Bible readings), January 6 is both Epiphany and Baptism of the Lord Sunday. At Northbrook UMC, we didn’t want to miss out on either of these celebrations, so we’ll push back Baptism of the Lord to next week, January 13. The Epiphany activity below focuses on […]

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A Blessing for the New Year

On January 6th , the 12th day after Christmas which the Church calls “Epiphany,” we mark the wisepersons’ arrival in Bethlehem to see Jesus. Though the magi are often included in Christmas Eve pageants, Epiphany is an acknowledgement that the magi’s journey would have been far too long to make in one night. The tradition […]

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5 Minute Faith: The Real Christmas Story

Wisemen, shepherds, angels, no room at the inn… we’ve heard the Christmas story many times. But, in the Bible, there isn’t just one story – there are two. One account by the author of Matthew, another account by the author of Luke. Things we have always assumed are a part of the story  – like […]

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Advent Devotion Recommendations

A daily or weekly reading during Advent helps us to focus on the meaning of Christ birth during a busy season. NUMC created an Advent Devotion for all ages that works with the Advent Candles we will make on December 3.  If you are looking for something different, here are a few options I recommend: Picture […]

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Faith Formation in Times Like These

God literally shines through darkness in a collaborative piece of art we created with Nicole Farley of A New Creation on our recent youth retreat. Over several weeks the youth discussed who God is and who God is not. The conversation about who God is not turned out to be far more powerful than I […]

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Family Activities for All Saints – the Day after Halloween

Recently, a child asked me what color Halloween was on our church calendar. Halloween falls during the “green and growing season,”  called ordinary time, of the church year. While many of us don’t think of Halloween being a church thing, “All Hallows Eve” is the night before All Saints Day. Our United Methodist Understanding of […]

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Faith at Home: October 22, 2017

The following are 5-10 minute discussions and conversations relating to yesterday’s faith formation classes. If you find one of these particularly helpful, please send me an email to let me know. I’m always in search of the most relevant, inspiring, home activities that matter. — Christine Hides, Director of Ministries with Children and Youth PreK-2nd […]

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The Quadrilateral & October 15th Discussion Starters

Yesterday I had several conversations with people of different ages about what God is like.  Throughout time, people have wondered who God is and what kind of relationship we humans can have with God. Methodists often talk about “the quadrilateral” as a tool for examining what we know and believe. The four parts of the […]

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Faith Formation has Begun! Notes from October 8th

Sunday mornings at NUMC are about community, worship, and growing in our faith. We hope that families will practice faith throughout the week. Here are some ways to continue these important, faith-forming conversations at home: PreK-2nd Grades – The Ten Best Ways: Yesterday we heard the story of the 10 Best Ways to Live (or […]

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