Intergenerational is not really a word that we use often in every day life. And we know sometimes when we focus on a word like this, it can sound like a bit of a 'phase.' But, intergenerational is not a phase or buzzword. It's a description at the very heart of the biblical picture of church.
Throughout the Scriptures we see pictures of God's people gathered including and celebrating all ages, stages, and backgrounds - united by the reality of being in Christ. The Bible shows younger people learning from older, and older learning from younger. The New Testament, particularly, uses family language for the Body of Christ, the family of God. It is this that we want to further cultivate.
You may find we talk a fair amount about families with kids. That's because we recognise this new structure is likely to have the most impact on them! So we want to give as much information and support as we can to make sure it works for our family units too.
But more than that, we are a church family, too! Each of us, whether we have our own family unit with children or not, has an important part to play in the whole church growing. The new structure will help us to build even more intergenerational relationships and result in all of us growing in our love for the church.
By making space for our services to be all-in, intergenerational services, we are working to intentionally cultivate these kinds of relationships. Each person has an essential role to play in our church family - whether they're 2 or 92!