Tagged: “youth”

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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Faith Formation has Begun! Notes from October 8th

Sunday mornings at NUMC are about community, worship, and growing in our faith. We hope that families will practice faith throughout the week. Here are some ways to continue these important, faith-forming conversations at home: PreK-2nd Grades – The Ten Best Ways: Yesterday we heard the story of the 10 Best Ways to Live (or […]

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Service or Mission?

A few weeks ago, I asked the youth about mission projects and quickly realized I hadn’t set up the conversation well. I know the care our youth have for all God’s creation including the environment, animals, the elderly, and LGBTQ+ persons.  NUMC youth are deeply caring and passionate people! I was looking forward to a […]

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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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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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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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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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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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News and Discussion Starters: Week of November 13, 2016

This Sunday, November 20, will be the last Sunday school until January 8. We will have special Advent activities during worship each week, including GIANT coloring posters. More info about Advent will be emailed before Friday. Parents are invited to Pastor Melissa’s Advent Study (see below). Youth and Tweens with dinner will meet at 5 […]

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