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Intergenerational Toolkit

“It takes a whole village to raise a child” – Ancient African Proverb


There’s been a resurgence in recent years in the church in the understanding that resonates with the proverb above. It takes a whole Church to raise a child, or a teenager. There’s been a new sense that, while age appropriate activities are brilliant and are important for children and young people, they should never be instead of, or to the detriment of, time spent together as a whole church family, with every generation present.

Maybe this is something already rooted in your church culture – maybe it’s mentoring or specific times you gather together as a whole community, we even have at least one church in the Diocese now who has dropped their monthly ‘all age service’ shifting instead to a model with all ages together every week – or maybe it’s something you’ve been thinking about and haven’t known where to start. Or maybe even, you are totally sceptical about the whole idea.

Wherever you’re at, we’ve come across a few great resources for you to get your teeth into:

Intergenerational Resources
Sticky Faith – a host of resources for intergenerational Youth work from the Fuller Youth Institute
Intergenerational Church Toolkit – from the Christian Reformed Church

For an Overview of IG thinking:

Youth Ministry: 5 reasons to employ and 5 reasons NOT to employ

Youth ministry

Ali, at the, has written a blog giving insight into why we should or should not employ a youth leader.  He says:

This is a blog on the mindfield that is employing someone to lead childrens, youth, family work in the local church and community.  Across the years I have been supporting, encouraging and working with churches to do this, I have encountered wonderful practice and, er, not so wonderful . . . hence this (slightly tongue in cheek list of Why you should and why you most definitely, should not).

Read the whole article here.