2019 Pastors Conference:
Intergenerational Worship & Religious Education

October 7, 2019

Featuring Keynote Speakers
Margaret Webb and Karin Heller
of New Garden Friends Meeting

Registration is now closed - deadline was October 1st
PDF Brochure

As ministers and religious educators we dream of thriving and dynamic communities that include people of all ages and abilities. Over 4 years ago, Margaret and Karin spread out on Margaret’s office floor with plenty of coffee and snacks, big pads of paper, and colorful markers, and allowed themselves to dream big. Since then, they have built multi-age (intergenerational) Sunday School programming and special events to provide intentional, educational, and spiritual nurture opportunities for the whole community.

This conference is an opportunity to explore what multi-age programming and worship could look like in your faith community. We will talk about rooting this work in spiritual practice, some possible ways to make your worship services accessible across ages and abilities (think outside the children’s sermon!), how to design intergenerational Sunday School and how to creatively think about spiritual nurture across the developmental spectrum.

Join us for this exciting opportunity to examine the spiritual needs of your community and dream big about how to welcome people of all ages. We will provide the food (and coffee!) and the art materials and you bring your enthusiasm!


About Our Speakers

Margaret Webb is the pastoral minister at New Garden Friends Meeting in Greensboro, NC. Margaret grew up in a small liberal unprogrammed Quaker Meeting in upstate NY. She attended Earlham College where she earned a BA in religious studies and then went on to attend Princeton Theological Seminary and earn an MDiv. Margaret serves on the board of advisors at Earlham School of Religion. Margaret and her husband Christopher have two children: Teddy (7) and Claire (4). Margaret greatly enjoys the mess and chaos of parenthood.

Karin Heller is the Religious Education Coordinator at New Garden Friends Meeting. She earned her BA in Elementary Education and Psychology at Guilford College. After spending a decade in the classroom as an elementary school teacher, she found herself called to ministry (although she would not have identified it as such at the time). Karin lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband, their two boys Owen (11) and Matthew (3), and their big, goofy dog, Barney.

Margaret and Karin have worked hard to build an intentionally multi-age worship experience at New Garden Friends Meeting. They are continually working to build new programming and events that meet people where they are on their spiritual and developmental  journeys. Margaret’s theological background and Karin’s educational background and their shared joy in the gifts and ministry of all people led them to design and implement an intergenerational First Day (Sunday School) program at New Garden. Much to the delight of all, New Garden Friends Meeting now welcomes a number of families each week to worship.

Margaret and Karin have also recently co-authored a chapter in When Kids Ask Hard Questions: Faith Filled Responses to Tough Topics which will be published in the fall of 2019.



8:30 - 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 - 9:20 Welcome and Waiting Worship
9:20 - 10:15 Session I: How is the Spirit Leading You? What is the Dream?
10:15 - 11:15

Break Out Group: Paper, Art Supplies, Markers, Creativity! 

Followed by getting back together to share as a whole

11:15 - 11:45

Report on what's new at ESR with Dean Matt Hisrich

11:45 - Noon Break
Noon - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 1:45 Session II: Know Where You Come from. Know Where You're Going.
1:45 - 2:45 Break Out Groups: Cultural/Needs Assessment Mapping
2:45 - 3:00 Gather back together to share small group work
3:00 - 3:20 Break
3:20 - 4:00            Session III - Multi-Age Worship, Special Programming, First Day School
4:00 - 5:00

Break Out Groups

5:00 - 5:15 Small Group Sharing & Closing Worship