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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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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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Advent Anywhere: new opportunities for 2016

As the Children and Youth ministry teams began planning the Advent season, it became clear that this year was an opportunity to try something a little different. Christmas falling a Sunday and the usual celebrations (Thanksgiving, pageant, cantata, and Communion) meant that there was only one Sunday available for 10 a.m Sunday school. Advent is […]

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