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Come Together: Intergenerational Ministry

02oct(oct 2)11:00 am03(oct 3)1:00 pmCome Together: Intergenerational MinistryAIM Conference

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Come Together:  Intergenerational Ministry and activities with a Messy Church experience

Intergenerational ministry nurtures Christ-centered community, bringing together multiple generations to experience God as they learn from and care for each other.  Together we will investigate intergenerational ministry and its principles, enjoy a Messy Church experience and learn more about this example of intergenerational ministry, create a transitional intergenerational activity, and discuss how intergenerational ministry can be part of transitional ministry.

Featuring Ronda Bower

Ronda Bower has served at Northfield Community Church (NCC) since June 2006.  Before moving to Illinois, she lived in Fort Myers and Orlando, Florida.  She was an elementary and middle school teacher, served as a youth director, and as Director of Christian Education in both Lutheran churches and a Methodist church.  At NCC, Ronda works with all ages in faith formation including family ministry and intergenerational ministry.  Messy Church has been an important part of ministry at NCC for eight years.

Ronda is very active in Messy Church USA serving as president of the board of directors, as a trainer and ambassador, and writing Messy Church curriculum.  Rhonda lives in Northfield with her husband, Thom, turtle Zippy, and cats Buffy and Xena.  She has two children and four grandchildren who live in Orlando.  Her favorite pastimes are spending time with her children and grandchildren and visiting zoos and aquariums.

Tentative Conference Schedule

Wednesday, October 2, 2024                          

  • 11:00 Registration opens (meal on your own)
  •   1:00 Welcome & Devotions
  •   1:15 Session 1: Introducing Messy Church
    •  (incorporate a break)
    • A Messy Church Worship Experience
  •   4:30 Annual AIM Meeting
  •   5:30 Dinner
  •   7:00 Session 2: Intergenerational Ministry Building Blocks
  •   9:00 Free time, refreshments, movie, etc.

Thursday, October 3, 2024

  • 8:00 Breakfast on your own.
  • 9:00 Devotions
  • 9:15 Session 3: Developing Intergenerational
    • Ministry and Activities
    • (will incorporate break for checkout)
  • Noon: Lunch
  • 1:00 Depart or stay to enjoy nature.

Hotel Reservations are not included in Registration Fees and must be made directly to:

Starved Rock Lodge (800) 868-7625  by September 02, 2024.

Room Rate: $165 plus tax for single/double occupancy (Rooms available until 9/02/2024).

Or hotel of choice:

Additional lodging is available in Oglesby, about 5 miles from Starved Rock Lodge:

Days Inn: (815) 681-7739 – Approx. cost $99–109 per room (free breakfast and WIFI)

Best Western: (815) 883-3535 – Approx. cost $109 – 119 per room (free breakfast and WIFI)

All room reservations must be made directly with the hotel.

Starved Rock Lodge Registrations Due September 2, 2024

Conference Registrations Are Due September 23, 2024.


October 2, 2024 11:00 am - October 3, 2024 1:00 pm(GMT-05:00)

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