Bridging the Generation Gap over Dinner

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Older and younger members of Visalia (Calif.) Christian Reformed Church are getting to know each other better over dinner.

The “Generation Dinners” happen when a group of young people and their leader invite themselves to the home of a senior member or couple to prepare dinner, visit, and clean up.

Durk and Shirley Sybesma were delighted to get to know a group of junior high girls over dinner. “It was wonderful,” Shirley said. “The girls fixed dinner, had devotions, swapped stories, played games, and cleaned up the dishes.” The next month high school boys entertained another senior couple with a dinner and conversation.

“The fellowship promotes mutual love, understanding, and respect—and the idea that the body of Christ is bigger than you and your age group,” said Visalia youth pastor Scott Elgersma.

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