Welcome to the Cross+Gen Conversations™, a new resource designed to help you lead your church in caring Cross+Generational faith encounters built around the basic themes of the Bible.
Connect, collect and collide the wisdom of the elder and the wonder of the child every week around the big themes of the Ten Commandments, Apostles’ Creed, Lord’s Prayer, Sacraments or the history of Luther and the Reformation. Engage in Cross+Gen care, creativity and fun every week at church with the PowerPoint Presentations, music and handouts provided. Then return to the themes every night with the FAITH5 Home Huddle resources designed to continue the conversation at home or online with friends. The beauty of Cross+Gen Conversations™ is in its simplicity and flexibility. The power comes in the connections which all ages and stages make when intentionally gathered in the same sacred space every week with the FAITH5 process.
Here’s the big picture:
I. SETTING: Cross+Gen Conversations™ curriculum can be easily adapted to educational settings, as worship, around a table with a meal, or even as a Cross+Gen coffee hour.
II. TIMING: An hour is optimal, but timing can be adjusted from 45 – 90 minutes, depending on your situation and choices.
III. SPACE: Although best done around tables in a Fellowship Hall, Cross+Gen Conversations™ can be done in the sanctuary, a classroom or even around a kitchen table.
IV. STRUCTURE: The design is really simple. Basically, there are two or three parts, depending on your wishes:
OPENING: Use this quick, fun thematic unveiling with a stunning set of visuals, music and a humorous skit to unveil the theme.
FAITH5 TIME: Walk through this simple guided process of sharing, reading the Bible theme, talking, praying and blessing.
HOLY COMMUNION: For those wishing to add worship elements to the process, there’s a brief order for Holy Communion included.
V. MATERIALS PROVIDED: Every week’s theme materials include:
PowerPoint Presentation: Use this simple, clear, stunning visual presentation to make leading a breeze. Each PowerPoint presentation includes time for highs and lows, Bible, art, connecting the theme to your highs and lows, role plays, skits and Scripture in song.
Leader’s Guide: This document is your slide-by-slide instruction and script for the PowerPoint. Print it, and use it to assign specific slides to your leaders each week.
Small Group Handout: Print this handout for all guests. It is a simple visual guide for Cross+Gen small group engagement with each theme.
Home Huddle Handout: Print this handout for guests as a tool for practicing FAITH5 every night.
Pastor’s Talk Time Reflection: This document is intended as a guide for whomever is shepherding the Cross+Gen groups. It will help you curate the Cross+Gen conversation as conclusion of the TALK step each week.
Skit Script: A short, comedic Reader’s Theater or Skit to unveil the theme.
Theme Song MP3 and Sheet Music
Click on the tabs above to check out the five Cross+Gen Conversations™ theme sets, download the complete resource for theme #1 of each, and watch the overview videos to get a sense of the entire theme set.
Then join us for a theme, a season, VBS or a whole year of Cross+Gen Life Conversations™!
And yes, you will agree: “This is most certainly fun!"