By Johnnie Godwin
Contributing Columnist, B&R
Thirty-five years ago, citified Johnnie and Phyllis bought 56 acres of rough ridge we call Godwin’s Mountain. We love that mountain but need help with things I can’t do. And when I need help, I’ve got people. What one of my people told me characterizes what an intergenerational church ought to be like. After literally getting me out of a ditch, Ronnie said, “Mr. Johnnie, I don’t think you’ve got anything out here that needs doing that I can’t do or don’t know someone who can.” He and others help!
What an intergenerational church is. Technically, it’s just when folks from more than one generation worship and minister together. But it’s really a lot more than that. In an intergenerational church, every person from the cradle to the grave is important. The key is consistent valuing of personhood in all the church. Some churches even have classes for those with dementia. Their time focuses more on familiar Scriptures and hymns. For a brief time, some whose minds and eyes are dead and darkened come alive with brightness. [Read more…]