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How to Talk with Teens about Sin

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How do teens and youth understand sin, and how can adults discuss this topic in a faithful way? Lisa Brown offers practical ideas and great analogies.

Questions to Get Intergenerational Groups Talking

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You’ve gathered an intergenerational group for formation or a meal. Now how to break the ice and get them talking? Questions that all ages can answer.

Household Bible Reading with Lectio Divina

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Reading the Bible at home builds faith and brings households together. Lectio Divina is a simple and fun way to read and engage as a group or individual.

Aloha for Earth Day – 6 Ways to Honor the ‘Aina

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In Hawaii caring for the land is a deeply held value. Learn more, including practical ways to celebrate Earth Day.

Hosting a Bible Group for Moms

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Elizabeth Windsor describes a successful church group for moms. Bible study, sharing across generations, worship, and service all developed in this group.

Presenting Bibles to Children – Make it Intergenerational

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Many churches present Bibles to young people, but this church brings older adults, parents, and children together for an intergenerational process. Children hear from older adults about why the Bible is important to them, and then receive a bookmark filled with favorite Bible verses.

Praying before Meals at Home

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Does your household say a blessing before meals? Gary Taylor explains the importance of this faith practice, along with practical tips to get started.

Home Practices: Our Picks for Building Faithful Households

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A new resource from Building Faith offers home practices that are do-able, adaptable, fun, and meaningful. Designed for households of all types and sizes.

Happy Easter – The Resurrection (Narnia style)

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Susan and Lucy find the stone table empty and Aslan alive! The great resurrection scene of Narnia is a metaphor of the resurrection of Jesus.

For Good Friday: The Earliest Image of the Crucifixion

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This item in the British Museum is the earliest known narrative portrayal of the Crucifixion. It is a panel from an ivory casket from around 400 AD.

Spy Wednesday

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The Wednesday in Holy Week is called Spy Wednesday for Judas’ betrayal of Jesus. Amy Montanez asks us to reflect on betrayal, and God’s faithful call.

Holy Week at Home: Family Practices for the Triduum

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There are many ways to bring the fullness of Holy Week into the home. Try these specific activities for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with your household.

How to Talk with Children about Holy Week

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Sometimes an article is so good, that we just have to repost it. In 2011 Elizabeth Windsor shared her thoughts on Holy Week, the cross, and children. Offering practical tips, along with general wisdom, this short article should be read by every teacher and leader who works with children.

Beyond the Egg Hunt – Celebrating Easter Sunday

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“However you choose to incorporate and channel the excitement of Easter morning, do it intentionally, with love and the full knowledge that death has been defeated.”     Easter Joy It is the principle feast day of the year; we look forward to it for all of Lent; it’s exciting and powerful: it’s Easter Sunday! […]

9 Ways to Welcome Church Visitors on Easter

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Does your church have many visitors and guests on Easter? Carolyn Chilton shares 9 ways to show Christian hospitality, including children.

Holy Week Children’s Service with Visual Props

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Carolyn Brown offers this brilliant way of using visual props to make a Holy Week service (Tenebrae) come alive. Children and intergenerational groups.

Reinventing the Easter Egg Hunt

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“As children empty their eggs, they drop their Good Sam Bucks into three jars representing local non-profit charities that help children…. The children take home a piece of candy for every Good Sam Buck they donate.”     A┬áBig Hit on Building Faith Last year (2014) the Rev. Rebecca Edwards shared with us her story […]

Build a Better Easter Basket

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Jerusalem Greer shows items with connections to Easter, and scripture, to fill a basket that is truly about Easter. Strengthen children’s faith.

Making Easter Butterflies – Alleluia!

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Make durable Easter butterflies that are fun for all ages, decorate the church garden, and symbolize the resurrection of Jesus.

The e-Formation Conference – Ministry in a Digital World

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A gathering of church leaders, staff, and volunteers committed to the future of the church in a digital world. E-Formation registration is open for 2015.