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.

Formation with Young Adults: How Churches Reach 20s & 30s

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Emerging adults are a special kind of moving target. How can churches meet them where they are, supporting them in their transitions without condescension? Practical considerations for engaging young adults and the whole of the Christian community.

Whoosh! Two Spirit-Filled Books to Ignite your Pentecost

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Two books, one for children and one for adults, that teach and invite us into a relationship with the Holy Spirit. Pentecost book reviews by Alexis Kruza.

Building Faith Does Pentecost

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From the Building Faith archives: collected prayers, worship ideas, crafts, and background information to celebrate the day of Pentecost.

Taking Faith Formation Outdoors: Five Ideas

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Children crave time outdoors, and Christian formation activities outside help them connect to God. Here are five options, from plants to chalk to clay.

You’re Invited! The e-Formation Conference and Webinar


The 2016 e-Formation Conference is June 6-8. For those pursuing ministry in the digital age, e-Formation offers hands-on training and inspiration

Prayers for Earth Day


God, you have made our world and seen that it is good; grant to us, created to complete your work, the bright, delightful vision that makes us care for what we do.

Life Coaching: What is it… and Why so Popular?


Life Coaching is about removing barriers and building from strength. Could it become a model for pastoral care and Christian formation?

Why VBS Needs Teenagers… and Why Teens Need VBS

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Teenagers volunteering for VBS is a win-win: you get enthusiastic helpers and a chance to offer them age-specific formation

The Lord’s Prayer Challenge: A Church Activity for all Ages and Languages

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Challenging church members to memorize and recite the Lord’s Prayer created an inter-generational goal for all of St Andrew’s. By summer’s end, over 60 people participated, with a dozen languages offered.

Blessing Children in the Home

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Blessing children is a reminder of what we already know: God is present, children are loved. Parents speaking this truth with a sign is a true blessing.