Faith at Home

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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Faith Formation During Eastertide

April 23 was the second week in the season of Easter. The mystery of Easter is so great that we need 7 Sundays to celebrate! Here’s a recap of our classes with helpful parent links: PreK-3th: We began the Eastertide lessons, Knowing Jesus in a New Way, (Luke 24:1-11, Mark 16:1-7, Matthew 28:1-8, John 20:1-10). […]

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What Happens Now? (after Easter Sunday)

What a wonderful, all ages Easter we enjoyed at NUMC on Sunday! Did you know Easter is a whole season of 7 Sundays? We tell the younger children that the mystery of Easter is sooo big that we cannot celebrate for just one Sunday. This article, 8 Ways to Live the Great Fifty Days of […]

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It’s Complicated

On Palm Sunday, we combined our Sunday school classes into one amazing group of 19. We heard the stories of Holy Week one more time as we created butterfly flags which will be on display Easter Sunday. The colors, the glitter, and the safety pin each remind us of a part of the story. Please ask […]

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Imagining Our Next Steps

“School! Yuck! It is Sunday!” Since coming to Northbrook I have heard multiple children give this reply when asked if they would like to join us for Sunday school. To be fair, these are children who haven’t been to our classes before. They don’t know that what we do here looks very different than school. […]

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Blessings for the Journey

We are halfway through our Lenten journey, the season of preparing for the mystery of Easter. With many of us planning journeys  for spring break this coming week, I’d like to offer a “Lent on the Go” family discussion starter (see below). Sunday School Updates: On Sunday, we heard the story of “The Greatest Commandment.” […]

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Does Going to Church Make Us Good People?

Last Sunday, as they often do, the children taught me something new. After we heard the story of Jesus turning over the tables in the temple, I asked how they imagined Jesus felt. “Fierce!” was one reply. Fierce? Hmmm… Yes.  Definitely fierce, I agreed, reminded again that second graders are refreshingly honest and bold.  And […]

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Preparing for Lent

By Christine Hides, Director of Ministries with Children and Youth Ash Wednesday, March 1 is the beginning of Lent.  During the season of 40 days (not counting Sundays) of Lent we prepare our hearts, minds, and bodies for the great mystery of Easter.  We can choose to use this time to use spiritual practices which […]

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