Intergenerational Worship & Ministry

Intergenerational Worship & Ministry

What is Intergenerational Ministry and Worship?        
from John Roberto and Lifelong Faith Associates

Why Intergenerational Ministry and Worship is Critical to the Life & Health of Your Congregation
How we got to where we are, and the critical importance of relationships

Intergenerational Ministry & Worship Basics

Background information on the critical importance of intergenerational ministries and how children worship

Intergenerational/Accessible Worship Model for Super Saturday October 2018


What is it? Why you should consider one for your sanctuary, and resources for implementing it. 
           Pray-Ground workshop presentation slides
           Prayer "Holdables" List

Post-Pandemic Planning and Resources

Re-Imagining Faith Formation
A wholistic vision and approach based on awe, wonder, curiosity, and imagination
presented by Patty Berry, Minister of Faith Formation, and Kathie Jackson, Lay Leader & Story Catcher at the United Congregational Church in Middletown, RI on June 23, 2022
     Re-Imagining Faith Formation video of the presentation
     Re-Imagining Faith Formation presentation slides
     Re-Imagining worksheet to use with your congregation


Curriculum Resources for Intergenerational Ministries

     A blogpost from Building Faith with a list of theologically progressive intergenerational curriculum resources.


Beckwith, Ivy, Formational Children’s Ministry: Shaping Children Using Story, Ritual, and Relationship,
Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2010 

Caldwell, Elizabeth F., I Wonder: Engaging a Child’s Curiosity About the Bible,
     Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2016

Csinos, David, A Gospel for All Ages: Teaching and Preaching with the Whole Church, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2022

Jerome Berryman, Teaching Godly Play: How to Mentor the Spiritual Development of Children, Denver: Morehouse
     Education Resources, 2009

Caldwell, Elizabeth F., I Wonder: Engaging a Child’s Curiosity About the Bible, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2016

Creasy Dean, Kenda, ed., OMG: A Youth Ministry Handbook, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2010

Foster, Charles, R., From Generation To Generation: The Adaptive Challenge of Mainline Protestant Education in Forming
Eugene, OR; Cascade Books, 2012

Kelcourse, Felicity, ed., Human Development and Faith: Life-Cycle Stages of Body, Mind, and Soul (2nd Edition), St. Louis,
     Chalice Press, 2015 

Powell, Kara E. & Chap Clark, Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids, Grand Rapids, MI:
     Zondervan, 2011

Roberto, John, Lifelong  Faith: Formation for All Ages and Generations, New York: Church Publishing, 2022

Seibel, Corey, ed., Engage All Generations: A Strategic Toolkit, Abilene, TX: Abilene Christian University Press, 2021

Westerhoff, John H., Will Our Children Have Faith? (Third Revised Edition), Seattle, WA: Morehouse Publishing, 2012



"Stop, Collaborate, and Listen: Practice Steps to Increasing Intergenerationality"
A blogpost from Building Faith

Practicing Families
Supporting families in their efforts to follow the way of Jesus: real faith, real life, real grace

A ministry for transition into intergenerational and family-focused ministries

Spirituality of Children
A discussion of what and how children "know" about God and spirituality

This Is How We Grow Christians
A commentary on intergenerational worship at Super Saturday by Debbie Gline Allen

Worshipping With Children
Including children in the congregation's worship


Faith Inkubators
Equipping church leaders to effectively train their congregations in holistic, biblical, theologically sound faith formation systems with a focus on home-based faith education

GenOn Ministries
Equipping Christian communities for discipleship through intergenerational relationships

Intergenerational Worship
Karen Ware Jackson & PrayGrounds: At our church, we interpret scripture with words, stories, songs, art supplies, and just about anything else we can get our hands on! It is often miraculous.

40 Ways Kids Can Volunteer
Laura Grace Weldon shares her thoughts on free-range learning.

Messy Church
Fresh ideas for building a Christ-centered community

Milestones Ministry
Resources for celebrating life milestones that strengthen meaningful spiritual relationships.

Practical Resources for Churches
Free recorded and live webinars on a variety of congregational topics including welcoming children in worship.
The Southern New England Conference has partnered with Practical Resources for Churches, a New York based organization that provides resources for mainline churches. SNEUCC churches, and their members, have access to PRC’s entire library of books, articles, videos, CDs, and webinars.

Silent Fidget Toys
Great for worship bags for kids or to have in the pews to keep hands of all ages busy for better concentration.


Stories of Intergenerational Congregations

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