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Handout 1: Congregational Event For All Ages

Use these questions to consider how people of different ages might enjoy or find meaning in an activity or event at your congregation. Try to answer each question from the perspective of a very young child, a school-age child, a teenager, a young adult, an older adult and a very old adult.

For each activity or event...

Very Young Child

School-Age Child


Young Adult

Older Adult

Very Old Adult

... what is there to do at the event/activity? (How do they participate?)


... what is enjoyable about the event/activity?


... what is meaningful or valuable about the event/activity? (What do they get out of it?)



Additional questions to consider for each age group:

  • Is there too much, too little or just enough...
    • reading?
    • snacks?
    • moving around?
    • sitting still?
    • music?
    • talking with your friends?
  • Is the room comfortable?

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