Tagged: “God”

What Do We Tell the Children

Micah 6:8 (from this week’s family devotional) “what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,     and to walk humbly with your God?” Dear parents: I missed worshiping and praying with you yesterday as I was away at my youngest brother’s wedding. Throughout the weekend, I was checking the news unfolding […]

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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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The Importance of Youth Group:

by Christine Hides, Director of Ministries with Youth and Children I recently asked the youth to share why youth group is important to them. The answers were extremely thoughtful! Each response related to connection, learning, and relaxation/ dealing with stress. I’ve shared their answers below along with a few of my thoughts on the importance […]

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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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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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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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