ATTENTION 30/40 SOMETHINGS AT UCC MEDFIELD! you are INVITED to the First gyt gathering on sunday, may 6 after the 9:30 am service.
An invitation to UCC Medfield's 30/40 Somethings!
The Growing Young Together Team we’ll be hosting their first in a series of gatherings on Sunday, May 6 after the 9:30 am service. We invite the 30/40 Somethings of our congregation to join us for Brunch and a discussion in the Parlor. We will be providing some answers to questions about what Growing Young Together is about and why we are excited about the work we are doing.
Children's programming and nursery care will be provided during this 1 hour meeting.
Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly.
Liz Lisciandra, Karen Munn, and Wendy Ludwig
Some things in our church have incorporated Growing Young Together ideas for a long time. The Maundy Thursday evening worship service is a good example of that. Every year we reenact the desertion of Jesus' disciples. We are always looking for a diversity of ages to represent the disciples. This year we have some amazing elementary school students, middle school students, high school students, and even adults! What a blessing to have all these participants having an inter-generational touch-point during Holy Week. Thank you to all who have volunteered!
The Growing Young Together (GYT) team had a busy and productive trip to Fuller Youth Institute where we refined our mission statement to “revitalize our church by embracing young people,” and mapped out a concrete plan for next steps.
We brainstormed a list of all of the GYT initiatives that have been implemented to date at UCC Medfield. The list surprised some of us on the team, so we know there were probably many in the congregation that will be surprised by the list as well. Included in the list are steps that were started by the GYT team. But, we want to highlight that many of the actions taken were initiated by others in the church within their existing ministries. Some examples are:
We also reaffirmed the need to continue to focus on our weakest area of the survey and began to map out a practical strategy to begin the process of building empathy across generations. We are going to stop trying to understand millennials (and Gen X, Y, Z, etc.) Instead, we’ll be hosting a series of gatherings targeting teens, young adults in their 20s, and 30-40 somethings, in an effort to get to know real people as opposed to broad demographics and to ask about their hopes and dreams for our church. In addition, we will be hosting a series of book discussions on “Who Stole My Church: What to Do When the Church You Love Tries to Enter the 21st Century” by Gordon MacDonald for those who might be feeling left behind. Details will be coming soon.
As Peter Drucker said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” We encourage you to look for ways to engage people from all ages in your ministries, events, and in your daily interactions.
Nor’easters wreak havoc on travel plans. The Growing Young Together (GYT) team has the second seminar at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA today and tomorrow, 3/8-9. Wendy Ludwig, Arturo, and I were able to get earlier flights and are enjoying the 75 degree weather in Pasadena. We couldn’t risk missing this important seminar. Fortunately, the rest of the team was able join us, as scheduled, yesterday.
The leaders of the GYT seminar will present some material, but most of the time the eight of us will work together with our coach and other churches attending the seminar. Our goal is to find ways that UCC Medfield can change to do a better job connecting younger age groups - 40 and under - with Jesus, as well as integrating them more fully into our church so that we are truly intergenerational. The more connected the generations are, the healthier the church, and the more we can “Love and worship God and love and serve others as Spirit filled disciples of Jesus Christ.”
We are all excited about both the challenges and opportunities that lie before us, and we covet your prayers for our time here. We look forward to what lies ahead and how the Holy Spirit will lead all of us—the congregation and the cohort—as we discern God’s will together!
- Pastor Phil