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Building a Multigenerational Congregation
We know that congregations are one of the last places where people of all ages come together to be together. In our age-segmented society, it is a blessing to be together with people of all ages. We also know that children, youth and adults need to learn and grow together in order to build a faith. In the spirit of a multigenerational congregation, we offer the following:
Religious Education Classes
Our RE classes are headed by a team of teachers who occasionally bring in other adult members and friends with a special interest in the topic of the Sunday’s lesson.
Time for All Ages
Between 9:00 am and 9:30 am, children and youth are invited into the sanctuary to worship with their parents. Our goal is to make the first 20 minutes one in which our children and youth feel connected by way of learning some of our Unitarian Universalist rituals, stories and songs.
Children and youth of different ages meet in Chapel once a month. The children meet with the Director of Religious Education along with other members and friends of our congregation who may be planning something special with them and their teachers. This is a time when our children experience worship from a child/youth perspective with more of a focus on interaction with adults and with each other.
Family Friendly Sundays
There are occasions when we do not offer Religious Education classes. Our Director of Lifespan RE, our Minister and our Sunday Services Committee members meet and engage in conversations about how to make these Sundays friendly for children and youth.
We have several multigenerational worship services every year. These interactive services are created for “all ages” and we build story, ritual and song into the service.
Social Justice Events
As often as we can, we try to involve all ages in Social Justice. For example, our Harvest Fair in November gathers the community together as we package up food for people in need in our community.
Social activities are important at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, and we build in fun events throughout the year. Our Halloween Party in October is an example of one of our multigenerational community events in which our members invite family and friends of all ages.