Fruits in Due Season: Growing Faith in the Summer Months

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Growing food from the earth is much like growing faith. The growing never really ends, and the fruits of the spirit appear.

We Invited our High School Youth back to Sunday School: And they Came!


High school students help plan and lead a bi-weekly curriculum rooted in the covenants of the Bible that stretches into their personal and communal lives.

Prayer Sticks: A Holy Home Activity


Making and using prayer sticks are a simple way to create an intentional and consistent prayer practice in your home.

How to Write a Condolence Note


Why write a condolence note? A condolence note is a tangible sign of remembrance. It can be read in private or be shared, put aside or reread many times. Included are suggestions of what to write.

Spiritual Fun with Dry Erase Markers

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Little ideas can strengthen faith. Use dry erase markers to write Bible verses, faith messages, or pictures. Works for church, or on the mirror at home!

Praying Facebook


Praying Facebook is a way to shift our focus to the needs of others – making the cares and concerns not about us, but rather about the people who share theirs. This is indeed a prayerful practice and one that can bring us into deeper understanding and compassion.

Training Teens for VBS: 16 Things They Need to Hear

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Teens make valuable contributions as VBS volunteers. But they need clear and direct training. Here’s what to tell them to keep everyone safe and having fun.

The e-Formation Webinar: Join our Conference Online


At the e-Formation conference we believe culturally savvy, digitally literate leadership skills are essential in every congregation and regional church body

What Curriculum do You Use? Take this Important Survey

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It is time for another survey – to learn what congregations are using in their faith formation programs as well as what new resources are needed.

The Congregation that Reads Together: A Book Basket Enhances Adult Ed.

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With limited time and space for Sunday morning adult education, one congregation chooses a book to read as a community; conversation and community grow.

Meal Prayers for all Occasions

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Many families say a prayer – grace – before a shared meal, usually dinner. What about the other times we nourish our bodies?

Introducing ‘Sparkhouse Family’: Books, Videos, & More

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Sparkhouse Family offers trusted books and videos for at-home access. Parents and caregivers have new tools to pass on faith to children at home.

9 Ways for Churches to Stay Connected with Parishioners Over the Summer

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Most churches see attendance decline in the summer, but here are ways to buck the trend, and build spiritual connection throughout the season.

Christian Ethics from Hollywood? Captain America: Civil War

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For Christians, the question shouldn’t be, “Whose side are you on?” but rather “How do we live into God’s call for us?” This post uses popular culture, the film Captain America: Civil War, to discover scripture and scripture to enlighten popular culture.

How to Honor Communion without “First Communion”: One Episcopal Church Strikes a Balance


Classes for 2nd graders who have already been receiving the bread and wine deepen understanding of the practice of Communion through conversation and up close witnessing of the priest’s actions at the altar. A Eucharist Service honors those who have learned more about their faith through Communion.

Faith Formation after 70: Ministry with Older Adults

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In many churches, older adults are a large constituency. Yet they are often under-served. How can churches meet their needs in ministry? Practical ideas.

Who Are You Jesus? A New App for Children


A new ipad app for children, based on the philosophy/pedagogy of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Children meet Jesus through Scripture and respond.

Take Out Church: A Summer Tool for Home and Traveling

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Take Out Church is for families to take with them over the summer. Inside a take out box are many ways to build God’s Kingdom at home or when traveling!

Can Christianity be Coached? 3 Perspectives for Christian Educators

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Christian formation leads people to develop practices to help them live a Gospel-centered life; life coaching offers tools to help.

Illustrated Children’s Ministry: A Resource for all Ages


Illustrated Children’s Ministry provides artistic resources for learning and coloring throughout the church year, for congregations, classrooms and homes.