GenOn's bimonthly newsletter featuring insights, ideas, events, resources and announcements.
November/December 2015
   
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Who says LOGOS is just for kids?
Carole Witt, Opequon Presbyterian Church, Winchester, Va.
 
Officially LOGOS is for children and youth, Kindergarten-12th grade. But we really know that LOGOS is for kids of all ages. High school seniors and senior citizens, too!
 
Calling older adults to a LOGOS staff brings true balance to the program and makes it complete. These incredible older adults add tremendous value through their gifts as greeters, snack providers, transportation providers, homework helpers, kitchen team members, Bible teachers and table parents.
 
Older adults offer sincere wisdom, a sense of security, laughter, patience and peace to LOGOS participants. In return, children often give older adults heartwarming, tender nicknames. The relationships that develop and grow across generations because of LOGOS rarely happen anywhere else in the life of the church.
 
When participants and volunteers make a strong weekly commitment to LOGOS, this program becomes the mid-week bridge for young and old to see each other in a different context.
 
They are genuinely interested in the LOGOS young people and treat them like the special children of God they are. Older adults serve as excellent role models for children and youth. It is a true give and take relationship as older adults are so naturally integrated into the LOGOS ministry.
 
The value of older adults eating with children each week, serving on a kitchen team, greeting children as they arrive, helping to teach a Bible class or lead a worship group is beyond words. Everyone is able to see the goodness, playfulness, and love for God within one another.
 
From week to week, year after year, the generations learn to appreciate and love each other as they all strive to live lives of discipleship. Older adults involved in LOGOS is irreplaceable!
 
Do you have a special LOGOS story involving older adults? 
If so, please share via the LOGOS Ideas group on Facebook or GenOn's website.
The best Sunday school class was   the one I missed
Liz Perraud, Executive Director, GenOn Ministries
 
Years ago, I was scheduled to be away for a weekend and so would not be in church to lead the high school Sunday school class. I decided to bring in a panel of substitutes - with my assistant as facilitator. We invited three adults over 70 to be our guests, and the only advance information was that the students would ask them questions.
  
A week before class, we discussed questions the students could ask. I cautioned them about asking questions that assumed that the guests' lives were over, but rather that they had deep and varied experiences. "Where have you lived?" "What jobs have you had?" "What are your hobbies?" "Were you in a war?" "How long have you been a member of our church?"
  
Two things stand out about the class-or so it was reported it me afterward. First, the best question came from the class's biggest doubter who asked them if there had been a time in their life when they had stopped believing in God. More than one answered "yes" and then explained how their faith had been restored.
  
Secondly, what the youth were most excited to share with me was the story that one of the war vets had told them. He was in World War II, as was his brother. There had been a very emotional reunion overseas between the two and as he was telling the story he was crying.
  
If those aren't examples of vulnerability deepening relationships, I don't know what is.
  
The intergenerational interaction had an incredible impact on all gathered in the room. All reported that they would gladly do it again, and I regret that I never did. But it's got me thinking about the LOGOS middle school Bible study class that I now lead. This time I'd like to be there to experience the cross-generational learning and loving. Perhaps I'll also have the older adults ask questions of the youth.
  
Here's another story about one of my favorite LOGOS volunteers.
 
What intergenerational connections are made in your church?  
Please share via GenOn's Facebook page or website.
 
In Christ,
 
Liz Perraud
Executive Director
GenOn Ministries
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Parents Corner: The importance of "grandparents"
Shirley Carlson, La Crescenta Presbyterian Church, California

Studies show that good, healthy intergenerational relationships are very important. Younger children's values and character are shaped by their parents and grandparents. But older adults-whether they're blood relatives or someone you respect and trust with your child-also have much wisdom to share.
 
Family traditions can be passed from one generation to the next. At this special time of year, families often gather. What better time to share the rich stories and traditions from the past. It is often amazing how well children remember those shared stories and the impact it can have on their lives. Check out these sites:
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Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

     
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