Faith at Home

Celebration of Story!

This past Sunday we celebrated the end of a school year full of Godly Play stories with the “Liturgical Synthesis” story. That’s a boring name for a story of circles within circles that connect us all through time, space, and worship. This story begins with the big circle of the church year calendar. Inside of […]

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Paying Attention

“How can we celebrate Easter when the eggs are put away?” asked a disbelieving child on Sunday when we moved the arrow on the church calendar to the fourth of seven Sundays of Easter. I admit, in that moment doubt about the importance of teaching the church calendar crept in. Does the way the church […]

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Making Meaning: The Lord’s Prayer

On Sunday, we began a study of the Lord’s prayer with the 3-5th and 6-7th grades. This week’s 5 minute faith activity includes a collection of activities to help people of all ages learn and understand the Lord’s Prayer. Read: The Lord’s Prayer is found in the Gospels of Matthew (6:9-13) and Luke (11:2-4). Discuss: […]

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So??? Eastertide Week 1

Christ is Risen! Yesterday we celebrated Easter Sunday with flowers, music, egg hunts and the Good News of the empty tomb. Today it is back to school, work, and “normal.” But does it have to be? The church calendar dedicates seven Sundays to Easter – which always surprises children. This week, you are invited to […]

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Beyond Guilt

Not a week goes by that I don’t see one of the mommy blogger memes in my Facebook feed, urging me to cherish these moments. I appreciate reminders to be aware and attentive, but many of them also come with a hefty side dose of GUILT. Yesterday I told the children that Lent can be a […]

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Letting Go of the Cracked Lens – Lent Week 3

On Sunday evening, we hosted a mutli-generational event focused on listening to youth share about the joys and challenges of teen life today. The bad news is that social media fuels some of our desire for perfection, whether it is planning a Pinterest-worthy party, or making sure we update our Instagram with a photo showing […]

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Lent Week 1: Family Activities for Sabbath

Welcome to the first week of Lent, a time of contemplation and spiritual practice to help us get ready for the mystery and joy of Easter. Here at Northbrook UMC, we are focusing on Sabbath as a gift and as a way of connecting with God and each other in an over scheduled world. Discuss: […]

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