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Children’s Chapel: Best Practices and Resources

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In Children’s Chapel, young children have space to celebrate God’s Word – gathering, listening, and responding – in their own way. Resources reviewed by Building Faith help adults create meaningful liturgy for them.

Book Review: Pray and Color, A Guide to Prayer

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So much more than a coloring book. Pray and Color by Sybil Macbeth, author of Praying in Color, will guide you through types of prayer. Our review.

Teacher Tip: 7 Ways to Quiet a Crowd

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How do you call a group to attention. Whether children or adults; school, church, or camp – these seven teacher tips help invite a crowd to quiet.

Review Your Day with God: Daily Examen

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“As you review the morning, afternoon, and evening, notice moments of love and grace.”       Why is this faith practice important? So many of us go to bed at night with the day racing through our minds. We need a way to both reflect and let go. A daily examen is one way […]

Book Review: The Book of Comic Prayer

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Author Heather Annis has created a platform for youth ministry based on comics youth draw in response to scripture and their daily lives.

Freshly Brewed: 5 New Ideas for Coffee Hour

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With careful planning, coffee hour can be where congregants spiritually nourish one another, newcomers feel welcomed, and oldtimers enjoy fellowship.

Electronic Giving: It’s a Hospitality Issue

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Charitable giving in the U.S. continues to grow, and e-Giving is by far the preferred method. How can churches make e-giving an option for parishioners of all ages?

Lectio Divina with Children

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Lectio Divina is the ancient practice of praying with Scripture in four steps: reading, meditation, prayer, contemplation. Using a children’s Bible and modified questions, lectio can successfully help children listen to God speak through His Word.

Social Media Sunday

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Social Media Sunday, with the hashtag #SMS16, can easily integrate into worship, fellowship time, or even beyond with faith formation opportunities.

Bullying Links and Resources

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Resources and links compiled by Building Faith on bullying.

Curriculum Review: TeenText

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TeenText is a weekly, lectionary-based curriculum for grades 6-8 and 9-12.

Nourishing Stories: A Collaborative Art Project with Teens

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Collaborative art projects fully engage teens. Experiential projects allow all styles of learners to shine, as different aspects require different skills.

Upcoming Formation Events, Conferences, and Workshops

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Are you looking for continuing education, training, or collegial gatherings? Check out the Building Faith events page to see a list of upcoming conferences, workshops, and other events related to Christian Formation.

Slip n Slide Kickball

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Slip n Slide Kickball – kiddie pools, plastic sheeting, and water – is a refreshing way to finish up your summer or kick off a new season of youth group!

Curriculum Review: Frolic (Ages 0-3)

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Frolic fosters a loving environment in which children 0-3, their parents and caregivers, can learn about prayer, Scripture, God, and the world around them.

Does your Church Have Benchmarks for Christian Education?

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Christian education benchmarks provide consistent reference points against which formation activities can be measured, encouraging teaching and learning in the congregation.

Why VBS Needs Clergy… and Why Clergy Need VBS

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The church shines at VBS: showing values of community, education, Scripture, and nurturing children. As a clergy person VBS is particularly powerful.

The Sacrament of Back to School

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Each fall as children and teens go back to school, parents and teachers feel that sacred tug. Call it a moment of grace; call it a sacrament; delight in it.

Build a Back to School Prayer Station

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Invite community members to pray for students and teachers with a prayer station in front of your church. We used a chalkboard, with inspiring results.

Stock Up! Guide to Buying School Supplies

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Whether you need school supplies for Sunday school, youth ministry, school, or home, this guide will help you save money, and get the best items.