Faith at Home

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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It’s Complicated

On Palm Sunday, we combined our Sunday school classes into one amazing group of 19. We heard the stories of Holy Week one more time as we created butterfly flags which will be on display Easter Sunday. The colors, the glitter, and the safety pin each remind us of a part of the story. Please ask […]

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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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Blessings for the Journey

We are halfway through our Lenten journey, the season of preparing for the mystery of Easter. With many of us planning journeys  for spring break this coming week, I’d like to offer a “Lent on the Go” family discussion starter (see below). Sunday School Updates: On Sunday, we heard the story of “The Greatest Commandment.” […]

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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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Preparing for Lent

By Christine Hides, Director of Ministries with Children and Youth Ash Wednesday, March 1 is the beginning of Lent.  During the season of 40 days (not counting Sundays) of Lent we prepare our hearts, minds, and bodies for the great mystery of Easter.  We can choose to use this time to use spiritual practices which […]

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Fun Ways to Learn the Lord’s Prayer

In Matthew chapter 6 and Luke chapter 11, Jesus instructs the disciples on how to pray what we now call the Lord’s Prayer. This is considered the model for how we all should pray. In this prayer we affirm who God is, ask for forgiveness, request what we need for daily living, and pray for […]

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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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Connections

Each of our Sunday school classes has four components: Gather, Read and Respond, Prayer, and Sending Forth. These are also the four parts of a worship service structured to nurutres connection with God and one another. Here are the meaningful connections I saw on Sunday with the youngest class: When we gather, we begin with […]

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