Intergen Sunday School Class

Kara Powell | Nov 5, 2009

Our church, Lake Avenue Church, is doing a bit of an intergenerational experiment these days. The Navigator Sunday School class, which is a class comprised primarily of senior adults, invited some teenagers to join them for a six-week series. My Fuller faculty colleague, Dr. Julie Gorman, has been doing the bulk of the teaching and I was able to co-teach with her this past Sunday.

The senior adults and kids are in families for the six weeks so they sit at the same tables with the same people every week. This past Sunday they took Communion and reflected upon what it meant to be family for each other.

We gave each table the juice, cups and bread but largely left it up to them to decide how to actually take the elements. The highlight of the morning for me was when one of our junior guys was clearly leading the discussion about how they could take Communion.

Im so glad we are doing this this month. What else are you doing to help the generations connect with each other?

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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