This page contains links to general and seasonal intergenerational Christian Formation resources. For more information about these ideas and resources or to share ideas and resources, please contact The Rev. Lauren Villemuer-Drenth at [email protected]
Intergenerational Christian Formation: Bringing the Whole Church Together in Ministry, Community and Worship by Holly Catterton Allen and Christine Lawton Ross (2012: InterVarsity Press). Both professors of Christian education at John Brown University and Concordia University (respectively), this book offers the background, today’s generational realities, practices, ideas, and the biblical, theological and theoretical support of why intergeneration ministry is important for our churches today.
Growing Together Volume 1: Sacred Celebrations for Fall and Winter
Volume 1 includes these Fall and Winter celebrations: Building a Parish Family, St. Francis, All Saints, Advent, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Los Posadas, Christmas, Epiphany
Growing Together Volume 2: Sacred Celebrations for Spring and Summer I, List Price: $16.95
Enhance the life of your church through encouraging intergenerational sharing. Growing Together explores the meaning of key celebrations through group discussions, stories, games, art and community activities. Volume 2 includes these Spring and Summer celebrations: Mardi Gras Carnival, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Summer Celebration of God’s Creation, Assumption, Cinco de Mayo, and Annunciation.
Growing Together Volume 3: Secular Celebrations for Fall and Winter
Volume 3 contains these Fall and Winter celebrations: Back to School, Labor Day, Halloween, New Year’s Day, Super Bowl Sunday, Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, and International Peace Day
Hands and Hearts: Intergenerational Activities throughout the Church Year – Lois Johansson; 2006
This book includes ideas for the 7 main seasons of the church year; the ideas tend to be quite different from one another so there’s always something new to try. Each lesson has a leader page followed by the explanation and all patterns needed. The “Great Cloud of Witnesses” listed for Ordinary Time after Pentecost could also be adapted for a Jesse Tree in Advent. This is a useful book for special occasions when all ages of the church come together.
*Family Gardening Day-gardening around the church can be done, as well as helping people grow in faith as well as flowers. Add lesson on prayer or faith, have family decorate a clay pot with paint and then plant a flower for each family to take home to watch their prayer or faith grow.
*Celebration Chalice-have each family make a “Blessing Cup”, bless them on the altar during a Eucharist and each family get the copy of the book: The Blessing Cup: Prayer-Rituals for Families and Groups by Rock Travnikar O.F.M
*Pentecost Party-have children dress in red and give red streamers to make “dance” over their heads. Have red balloons and cake too. Make Holy Spirit doves out of paper plates.
*Church Bonfires-celebrate while hosting a party. The story of Pentecost is brought to life told as the sun is going down and fire fills the sky. Also-smores taste great!
*Water Days-celebrate the water stories in the Bible with a water day. This gives children a chance to splash, use water guns, and learn. It gives parents a chance to enjoy each other, hear the stories in creative and new ways. Ask some of the “Grandparents” to each share the story and make it come to life with a “captain” as the host.