Working Together To See Generations Connect
“Intergenerational ministry occurs when a congregation intentionally combines the generations together in mutual serving, sharing, or learning within the core activities of the church in order to live out being the body of Christ to each other and the greater community”
Allen and Ross
We need a new scaffolding, which in the process can look messy and you can’t see what it is going to look like. While the building is being refreshed, the scaffolding preserves the existing building and gives it support to bring about the change. But after time, when the scaffolding comes down, you see the renovation without completely destroying the original.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart, yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecc 3:11
We are interwoven into the tapestry of God’s big Story. A tapestry takes time and not all threads are seen or even useful all the time. But it is the interlinking of them all that makes the tapestry work. There is a sense that we are interwoven over time and generations, forming one big Story.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (KJV)
“I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God” Col 2:2 (MSG)
There is beauty and harmony and yet sometimes it can feel a little messy when we “Kaleide". We all must come together and bring the piece we have to offer to the faith community for it to be whole. We cannot have a Kaleidoscope without all the colours. Each colour plays a part and is distinctive and unique on its own and yet brings something special to the whole.
“You are Christ’s body—that’s who you are! You must never forget this. Only as you accept your part of that body does your “part” mean anything” 1 Cor 12:27
Our faith journey is never-ending. It is every day. It is beyond Sundays. We are called to find faith, live it and give it away…..over and over again and this brings momentum to the message, to our lives and to His Story. There are other words that describe the power of the momentum, they are unlimited, flow, continuous stream, cycle, faith-full.
“Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.