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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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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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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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