Faith at Home

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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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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Sunday School Focus: process over product

For Baptism of the Lord Sunday, our PreK-3 class and our 4-5 grade class began making an art project using our initials as we learned about Jesus’s baptism. The watercolor paints remind us of the waters of baptism through which we claim our identity (like our initials) as beloved children of God. This project is […]

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On Prayer and Resolutions

As we enter the new year, I find myself thinking about personal resolutions that would help me to live a healthier, happier life. I want to grow as a person, but  recognize that I have a limited amount of time. I am wary, yet hopeful, that I can find realistic ways to nourish my mind, […]

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From Busy to Engaged: Best Practices for Faith Formation

“Children should be seen and not heard.” This cliché is often used as a measure of success when it comes to children in worship. But, at Northbrook UMC, our mission isn’t busy (or quiet) kids. We are nurturing engagement; with worship, with our community, and with God. Instead of measuring decibels, we look at best practices. The […]

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Why We Worship Together

Did you notice the dozen or more children and youth in worship on the first Sunday of advent?  I was sitting on the floor with them and almost forgot they were there, they were so quiet. Many youth and children stayed up front after the Advent wreath lighting. We had two activities that related to […]

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