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Dear Parents: Thank You for Bringing Your Children to Church

As people engaged in communicating the love of God to children, we know the value of age appropriate learning led by loving teachers using pedagogically sound resources. And we also understand the importance of including children in intergenerational worship.

Too often I’ve witnessed parents, weary and worried about disrupting the service, apologize to the people around because their children were wiggly or loud. They shouldn’t have to feel that way. Parents, grandparents and other caregivers may wonder at times if it is worth all the effort. This letter is for them:

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Creating Prayer Bottles

Prayer bottles help families connect with each other and with God. Instructions for creating prayer bottles and a prayer to start conversation.

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Vibrant Worship for All Ages

While many churches offer “child friendly worship” or “family services,” churches practicing intergenerational worship aim to better incorporate all the generations into the entire worship service, not just parents or children.

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Practicing Prayer Intergenerationally

5th grade Sunday school becomes fertile ground for practicing prayer and building intergenerational relationships. Prayer bead making, prayer writing, and intentionally inviting adults into community with children are key pieces to this year-long lesson.

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Shrove Tuesday at Home

Shrove Tuesday is an occasion to encourage members to consider hosting a “Fat Tuesday” dinner in their own homes and invite neighbors, friends, and family

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