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How do you help families talk to their children about Lent?
When my sons were young, I discovered a way for our family to mark the season of Lent. I created a Lenten wreath.
I combined two 10-inch gold Advent rings and placed putty in one of the candleholders to create seven candlesticks instead of eight. I set the two rings together and made them nonsymmetrical. I covered the Advent rings with grapevine in a circle, and I used burgundy candles to represent Christ’s crucifixion.
Dr. Mark is a medical doctor involved with family practice. He was also president of his church council when I met him. After hearing him tell his thoughts about family ministry, it was clear to me why he had made time in his busy schedule to take on a leadership role in his congregation. I felt there must be some correlation between his knowledge of treating patients through family practice and the passion and interest he showed for supporting family ministry in his congregation.
Intergenerational: relating to, involving, or affecting several generations.
All too often, in ministry, intergenerational refers to an event or gathering where all the ages come together for an activity or event several times a year. Serious thought about intergenerational opportunities as a regular practice or as a way of life in the church does not seem to be the norm. Using the word intergenerational is not something we normally understand to be happening each time we gather. It is set apart.
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