Does your congregation’s education time mix age groups by design or by necessity? Would you like to explore God’s story together in an intergenerational/multi-age educational setting? Check out our Narrative Lectionary-based Living the Word: Exploring God’s Story Together (Cross+Generational Education) curriculum with this full sample lesson!
What is Cross+Generational ministry?
Cross+Generational ministry has at its core the concept that faith is passed on from generation to generation (back and forth) through meaningful relationships, and through finding our place in God’s story by exploring that story as a community. Effective cross+generational experiences are:
all of which promote an encounter with God. All of the activities included in this worship guide are intended to engage these principles, through intentional cross+generational interaction and active, creative activities that bring the Bible story to life in our lives.
We pass on the faith through worship, and weaving teaching and learning moments into worship experiences reinforces the understanding that we are an active part of an ongoing story of God’s work in the world.
Each downloadable lesson includes:
- Teacher Pages – A big idea for the day (The Point), unit theme, background information, and a diverse menu of possible activities all make it easy for teachers to prepare for their own unique multi-age class.
- Learning the Story – Participants engage in the week’s Bible text together in a variety of ways, from Bible study to puppet shows!
- Living the Story – Participants connect the Bible story to a spiritual practice (prayer, worship, fellowship, or service) each week through a hands-on activity, helping participants live out their biblical faith.
- Additional Activities – Each lesson includes a wealth of additional games, creative activities, service projects, and other activities to reinforce the day’s themes.