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Bridging Generations

Lynne McNeil learns more about work that crosses generations within the Church – and finds congregations already embracing the idea.

IN May last year, the General Assembly received and accepted a joint report from the Church of Scotland Guild and the National Youth Assembly on the subject of intergenerational work.

But just what does ‘intergenerational’ mean and what was it all about?

Essentially it means people of different ages working and learning together within churches and communities.

Mary Reid, who was part of the joint working group which investigated the work, explained the report represented the fruits of a close working relationship between the Guild and the NYA, which goes all the way back to 1994 when the NYA was first set up and was further strengthened when NYA became an honorary Guild group in 2013.

The report, which took two years to prepare, had equal membership between the Guild and NYA.

Mary said: “Initially, the working group set about researching intergenerational work (online, books, personal contacts, etc) – we were in no doubt that new approaches were needed in the Kirk, and the experiences we read and heard about in the course of our research convinced us that intergenerational work had much to offer. On this basis, we submitted our interim report to the General Assembly of 2016.

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In this issue CELEBRATING YOUNG PEOPLE - The Church and the Year of Young People HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY - History and background A survivor of genocide in Rwanda tells her story HOMELESS SUNDAY A prayer BRIDGING GENERATIONS Intergenerational work and the Church