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The changing church: Congregations reach out to stay relevant with a younger generation

The changing church: Congregations reach out to stay relevant with a younger generation

On a cloudy fall Sunday at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, congregants gathered in the sanctuary for morning mass at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

The service began with a video of two teenage girls playing on a big screen above the pulpit. They joked and informed the congregation of upcoming events.

Toward the end of the service, a special offering was collected for EDGE, LifeTeen and Hispanic Youth Ministry, programs geared toward middle and high school students and young people of Hispanic heritage.

During a time when fewer young people are regularly attending church, St. John the Evangelist is among the churches that have introduced special...

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