Tagged: “church”

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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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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Three lessons from tie-dyeing

On Sunday, 16 people enjoyed a tie dye party during youth group. Before we began, we had a good discussion about changes we have experienced in our lives. It seems everyone has experienced significant changes. As our church community undergoes a pastoral change, I thought it might be helpful to share three lessons about change revealed […]

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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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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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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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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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