Wednesday, February 20
Indian Nations Presbytery
At First Presbyterian Church of Ardmore, intergenerational ministry is a major emphasis. Whether participating in the annual fall carnival or in regular service at the Ardmore Soup Kitchen or local food bank, members enjoy fellowship and engage the community. During the summer of 2011, the congregation hosted a series of intergenerational activities, beginning with movie nights in the fellowship hall. Vacation Bible school was geared to all ages, with the youth group assisting in games for children, and Bible study for adults and youth.
Other intergenerational activities included a fall hay ride, The Nutcracker ballet group at Christmas, and a fantastic ski trip to Monarch, Colorado. Forty-four people from the congregation and community traveled to the slopes for skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and Bible study. The best part of the trip was the lack of cell-phone service at the lodge! All the different ages played games together, swam, and joined in devotion time. The group ranged in age from 18 months to 70 years.
One of the most poignant outings was to a blacksmith’s forge on Good Friday. The blacksmith is a member of the congregation who took blacksmithing up as a hobby. He invited everyone out to his forge, where he demonstrated making the spike-like nails that would have been used in the crucifixion. He then created beautiful crosses for the group.
First Presbyterian Ardmore has discovered that the best gift one can give the future leaders of the congregation is generous interaction with its previous and current leaders. What a blessing for all!
Indian Nations Presbytery is home to 9,112 members of 52 congregations.
Let us join in prayer for:
Let us pray
Father God, may our lives always reflect you, and may we also see that reflection in others. Help us see past self-imposed barriers to what you have for us in the friendships of those around us. Amen.