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Faith Formation, Cradle to Grave
Churches have a variety of faith forming activities. It can be difficult to see how they fit together to form the faith of young and older members of the congregation. Worship is one of the few activities that many churches do with all ages.
Audio | March 14, 2016
Sandra Van Opstal on Multicultural Millennials in Worship
You might be surprised to learn what matters in worship to multicultural millennials in this urban Chicago church.
Conversation | December 17, 2015
Seven Easy Crosses to Make and Use in Worship
Linda Witte Henke describes seven easy ideas for participatory worship with crosses.
Article | December 08, 2015
Seven Models: Collaborative Visual Arts Projects for Worship
Linda Witte Henke describes seven ways for artists and teams to work together in designing visual arts used in worship.
Feature Story | December 08, 2015
Nonverbal Worship Practices that Bridge Differences
Rhythm, liturgical movement and visual art draw on gifts already present in how God made us and what the universal church has already created.
Feature Story | October 09, 2015
Hip Hop and Worship: Dealing with the Dilemma
Why is the church still wrestling with whether to engage or not engage Hip Hop Culture, particularly Hip Hop created and performed by Christian artists? Is there such a thing as Christian Hip Hop?
Audio | February 23, 2015
Liturgy, Anthropology, and Life Cycle
How do children worship best? How can worship help young people through the teen years? What practices of worship resonate most with adults and elderly people?
Audio | February 23, 2015
How Churches Link Art, Faith and Life
People who know how to make beautiful things with their hands are being welcomed to use their God-given gifts in worship and congregational life.
Feature Story | October 02, 2014
The Church of All Ages Annotated Bibliography
An annotated bibliography of resources useful to reach all ages of a congregation.
Bibliography | April 16, 2014
Psalms Encourage Family Faith Formation
It’s easy to see why parents would want their kids to know Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd,” and Psalm 103, “Praise the Lord, my soul.” But do children also need to hear Psalm 13, “How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?” or Psalm 22, “I cry out by day, but you do not answer”? Robert J. “Bob” and Laura Keeley say yes.
Feature Story | December 12, 2013
Planning Worship with Teens Showcase
This showcase gathers up several resources to help you teach young people about worship. Many of these resources have been adapted from the Worship Apprentice program developed at Calvin College.
Topic Showcase | December 02, 2013
Guillermo Márquez-Sterling on Youth and Unique Mission Trip
Guillermo Márquez-Sterling is associate pastor at Coral Gables United Church of Christ in Coral Gables, Florida. In this edited conversation, Márquez-Sterling talks about their MTR mission trip in June 2013.
Conversation | October 10, 2013
Green Congregations Advocate for People Affected by Environmental Problems
As creation care takes hold in a congregation’s building, worship and church life, God often nudges the church to a tipping point. Members begin advocating for those most affected by environmental problems.
Feature Story | October 10, 2013
Green Congregations Become Centers of Creation Care and Renewal
As more churches include creation care in congregational life, all ages experience hope and joy. They start to see how God has gifted their church with specific callings and resources to protect the earth so that all may flourish.
Feature Story | October 09, 2013
Daisy Rhau on Children, Creation Care and Worship
In this edited conversation, based on email and phone conversations in September 2013, Daisy Rhau talks about the Christian Education committee members’ awareness that “the children were deeply invested in earth care.”
Conversation | October 09, 2013
Jeff Meyers on Signing Bibles to Promote Intergenerational Faith Formation
Pastor Jeff Meyers explains why First Union members write in Bibles presented to youth graduating from fifth grade and high school.
Conversation | October 03, 2013
Multigenerational, Multicultural Worship: Reports and Testimonies from Worship Renewal Grant Recipients
When people of all ages and cultures are invited to bring their gifts to plan and lead worship through music, spoken word and the arts, transformation begins. Leaders from diverse congregations offered practical ideas that have engaged people of various ages and cultures and tell us what they have learned.
Audio | February 22, 2013
Worship Together for All Ages: Will it work or is it expecting too much?
Many churches today are eager to present themselves as “intergenerational” in their worship. In a society that so easily separates people by age, developmental level, and experience, can the church succeed in keeping the generations together? Is this idea new and novel, or old and tested? What are the considerations and issues we’ll have to deal with? How do we accommodate different rates of faith development? What are the benefits of succeeding? We’ll draw on each other’s experiences and reexamine the conversations that The Church of All Ages started.
Audio | February 22, 2013
How to Make Congregational Prayer More Participatory
Especially for children, listening to the congregational prayer can feel more like enduring a monologue than participating in the prayers of the people. But it doesn’t have to.
Feature Story | February 15, 2013
Emerging Adults, Emerging Worship
We are currently observing a new phenomenon within the development of young adults: emerging adulthood, which spans the ages of 18 to 29, marked by unprecedented options for education, work and career choices, delayed marriage and family life, and remarkable geographic mobility.
Audio | January 27, 2012