Tagged: “children”

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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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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Starting the Year: Faith Formation

For me, this picture is a wonderful illustration of what we hope to nurture at NUMC: wonder, excitement, interaction, joy, and relationships with God and diverse people. With input from youth and adult leaders, I have developed our year-long faith formation lesson plan that I hope captures the spirit of this image. Faith formation classes […]

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A Simple Peace Meditation for All Ages

During worship on Sunday, I asked everyone to close their eyes and imagine a time they felt peace: What do you see? Where are you? What sounds do you hear? What do you smell? How do you feel? Is there a taste that comes to mind when you remember your peaceful place?  After everyone opened […]

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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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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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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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