Join us to learn and grow in God’s love with all ages!
Starting Sunday, September 9th at 9:30am.
People age 2-102 will gather for to learn, grow, and explore together at Lyonsville Church. We hope you will join us.
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As we’ve shared more about this opportunity, a lot of people have been interested. We’ve gotten some questions, so we’ll try to answer a few here:
What will we do? How will this work?
We will be using the Cross+Gen Curriculum, from Spirit and Truth Publishing. Each week will be different. But each week we will gather to focus on learning the story and living the story. We won’t just hear the Bible story – we’ll get into it in different ways, such as art, acting, and conversation. Then we’ll connect the story to something that we can do in our lives: prayer, worship, service, and more. We want to learn how to live our faith in the world!
Of course, this is new for us, so we’ll learn how it works together. The best way to find out is to try it out!
Will adults be bored?
We can’t promise anything, but we doubt you’ll be bored. You can expect each week to be interactive and engaging for all ages. Adults in other congregations with these opportunities have found that they learn just as much as the kids involved. People of all ages have different learning styles, and each week we’ll have ways for all of us to learn and grow.
Why are we doing this? What was wrong with learning in age based groups?
Nothing is necessarily wrong with learning in age based groups. As Lyonsville’s leadership explored how we teach and learn faith here, we’ve learned of many benefits to learning with all ages. Right now much of our culture is divided by age, and this keeps people from learning from those older and younger than themselves. At the same time, like many churches, we don’t have the volunteer resources to organize separate age-based classes. As a small church, one of our greatest strengths is the connections we have across differences – our “togetherness”
A recent study found that congregations that have intergenerational learning opportunities saw five significant outcomes: (1) stronger families, (2) greater sense of community, (3) increased adult faith formation, (4) a safe learning environment, and (5) motivated learners.
What if I want more information?
More information about intergenerational education can be found by clicking here.
Feel free to contact Pastor Sean Weston by email or phone at 708-246-1255. You can also ask any member of the Religious Education Board for more information: Sanna Bashor (chair), Judy Birmingham, and Lauren McSweeney.
See you there!