The church is one of the few places where every generation is present. As we come together we have a choice about whether we will be siloed generations in the same building or connected generations that give and receive from one another as we follow Jesus.
The following are links to resources and ideas that might help your church as you explore helpful ways of bringing the generations together. If your church wants to explore reimagining ministry with children that is connects all generations get in contact we would love to support you, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Intergenerational Ministry what it is and what it isn’t
These two blogs by Christina Embree of Refocus Ministry articulate what intergenerational ministry is https://refocusministry.org/2017/10/04/what-intergenerational-worship-is/and what is isn’t https://refocusministry.org/2019/10/24/intergenerational-worship-is-not-2/
Australian Resource Hub
An Australian resource for the church working together to see the generations connect. You will find video webinars with some of the leading thinkers in this space alongside links to articles and ideas to get you started. Intergenerate.com.au
Values are key drivers in what we do and the effectiveness of any change we might make. This article explores some of the core values in intergenerational ministry
This easy-to-use tool helps churches take a picture of current ministries and their inclusion of multiple ages, and create a plan to move toward being an intergenerational church https://www.genonministries.org/products/intergenerational-ministry-visioning-tool
Dave Csinos unpacks the possibilities of Intergenerational Preaching
Intergenerational Ministry and the family
By Kara Jenkins
This article is helpful for leadership group considering moving towards a more intergenerational church
Should Kids Be Included in the Weekly Worship Service?
Worshipping with Children. Thoughts for Parents
by Lutheran Pastor Greg Priebbenow
This article has very practical tips for taking kids to church
Kids Service Notes
Tell me about God
by Elizabeth Ward
Contains 26 Outlines – An A to Z look at the Attributes of God. Tried and tested for children & intergenerational groups. See here.
Prayer Bookmarks for kids
Ready to colour bookmarks for kids to join in praying for God’s kingdom to come. This is a companion resource for the Pray @1102 campaign but can also stand alone encouraging prayer for leaders, churches and friends and family. Print double sided, get the kids to colour and then laminate for a great reminder to pray. Order the resource and then it will appear as a resource in my pages which you can download to your computer.
All Age Annual Service
Multi Age Resources
By Beth Barnett
Ideas for passing faith to the next generation
Kids benefit from having input from people of all ages. God’s plan is that the whole community is involved in passing on the faith to the younger generation (Deuteronomy 6). Here are some ideas to help you do that in your church. Make sure that when you encourage sharing of experiences and interests, you encourage sharing of ‘God things’ as well.
Intergenerational Christian Formation
Helping Our Children Grow in Faith
by Robert Keely Helping Our Children grow in Faith. Buy here.