An Intergenerational Faith Community Resource List

Abbey Way Covenant Church is an intergenerational Christian faith community. Many have written about the value of all ages intentionally worshipping and learning together to foster faith that lasts. Here is a link to a website page that pulls together a variety of articles on the subject including one written by Abbey Way's Lead Pastor Jan Bros. Check it out.

Suggestions for Showing Up to the Sick

“I was sick and you came…” Jesus said. 

 -Matthew 25:36

  • We first ask, “What would be helpful to you?” –letting the person decide what they need, which may or may not be a visit.
  • We remember that the one who is sick is not our host/hostess, and the visit is not about you.
  • We take a moment to prepare/center ourselves before we show up. A simple prayer helps.
  • We sanitize our hands, on the way in and out. #don’tpassyourgerms
  • We take our jacket off, set down our purse/bag, sit at eye level, and refrain from touching the bed or hospital machines.
  • We keep the visit short. #short
  • We listen more than we talk. Go ahead and make silence your friend.
  • We remember that the best thing we can bring is our self, offering to the other the “gracious and unhurried presence of Christ.”
  • We show up. And when we show up, we can be sure Jesus shows up too.

-Pastor Laura

Ordinary Time Embodied Prayer

In the name of God the Father,

Christ the Son,

And the Holy Spirit,

I gather all the pieces of myself into my heart

I open my heart to you, O God

Come into my heart

And transform me

That I may be your person in the world

 

We are your church, the body of Christ

We lift our eyes to you, O God

Come, Merciful One

And transform us

That we may be your people in the world

Amen.

Feed the Hungry

Last night at our staff meeting we talked about the upcoming sermon on the first corporal work of mercy: "feed the hungry." It was apparent in our discussion that there was so much to say about what this means that given only twenty minutes we will only barely get going.

Pastor Laura sent me a link to the Chris Hoskins latest blog entitled "Farming Again." It is yet another way to think about how our creative God can work through our minds, hearts and hands as we respond to his call. Here is a link to the blog if you are interested in reading it. Chow. : )

Women's Summer Book Club

You are invited to join a relaxed summertime discussion of "The Emotionally Healthy Woman" by Geri Scazzero.

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, June 22, 8:00-9:30 AM: Introduction, Chapter One and Chapter Two

Saturday, July 15, 8:00-9:30 AM: Chapters Three, Four and Five

Tuesday, August 1: 8:00-9:30 AM: Chapters Six, Seven and Eight

Come prepared by reading the assigned chapters and identifying one new thought ("oh my, this is revolutionary!") and one growth area ("oh yeah, I need to pay attention to this in my life") contained in what you read. 

Let Pastor Jan know you are coming. 

We will be meeting at Elim Church in NE Minneapolis.