Something old is new again. Congregations across the United States are rediscovering the power of the inter-generational faith community. Most congregations are multi-generational by membership. Some are intentionally inter-generational. They make their inter-generational character a defining feature of their community life, ministries, and programming. These churches make it a priority to foster inter-generational relationships, faith sharing, and storytelling; to incorporate all generations in worship; to develop service projects that involve all ages, and to engage all generations in learning together. For these churches, being inter-generational is a way of life. It is an integral element of their culture. It is who they are. (John Roberto, The Important of Inter-generational Community for Faith Formation)
Our heart is to be an inter-generational faith community and to live into this value, four times a year, our Director of Children, Youth and Families, Amber Steele,coordinates a WE Event. This curriculum is designed by Faith Alive and at each WE event, our entire community, young and old alike experiences part of God’s story through drama; we live into God’s story by talking together; we participate in an activity with others around the table; and we reflect, sing, and praise God together. This morning our theme was “Joining the Kingdom” and we lived into the anointing of David narrative found in 1 Samuel 16.
How does your church intentionally seek to be an inter-generational community?
Here is our complete worship flow:
- Bless Your Name (Eddie Kirkland)
- Come Thou Fount (Traditional)
- Reading from Psalm 8
- 10,000 Reasons
- Report from our Pittsburgh Project Team
- WE Experience (Joining the Kingdom)
- Psalm 24
- Arise, King of Kings (Eoghan Heaslip)
You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.