Enjoy your chocolate Easter eggs! Eggs are a perfect Easter symbol. Eggs are symbols of new life, just as Christians find new life in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ at Easter.
When to teach Easter is a fundamental question for churches who see high attendance numbers on Easter Sunday but do not offer formational time on the Feast Day.
Our best Holy Week posts for creating meaningful liturgies at church and at home, with practices for youth groups, children’s church, and the home.
Holy Week is a time to invite, to encourage, and to propose. Consider with the ways in which twenty-first century discipleship calls us to the cross.
A family-friendly service walks participants through Jesus’ last days from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday with stories, songs and lots of movement. Older children take on roles that help us imagine ourselves in the scene.
“May the hand of God protect us. May the way of God direct us. May the shield of God defend us.”
Join the CMT for a free webinar on VBS. Goals/objectives of VBS, practical tips for running a successful program. Panelists Lisa Brown and Emily Given.
Readers have been sharing Lent in a Bag ideas since 2013. Churches around the country have put their spin on ‘Lent in a Bag’ and we asked them to share with you! Check out these pictures of all the different versions from a wide variety of churches.
Church vitality is more than counting heads on Sunday. Recognizing your congregations’ open doors – its assets – can lead to strengthened attendance.
2017 VBS reviews, new programs and recaps of perennial resources including CMT’s Top Picks, five programs we found stood out from the rest. We believe VBS can be a powerful tool for evangelism for your church. Be sure to select a program that mirrors the mission and theology of your church and community.
Does your church do “Lent in a Bag”? Building Faith is collecting as many variations as possible. Send us a photo and we will post it next week!
“Inwardly cleansed, interiorly enlightened, and inflamed by the fire of the Holy Spirit, may we be able to follow in the footprints of Your beloved Son.”
Making pretzels provides a welcome activity during Lent, while teaching about prayer, fasting, scripture and baking! Easy recipe included.
A series of thoughts/practices/prompts, one for each day of Lent. It’s a beautiful balance of the divine and ordinary; the sublime and the every-day.
The first of two articles on church vitality. How has attendance been measured in the past and what are the most cited causes for the changes we are seeing.
“Growth in a person’s life, growth for a nation, growth spiritually, all depend on our relationship with God. And the basis for that growth is an understanding of God’s purpose, and a sharing of difficult responsibilities with God through prayer. Editors’ Note Today, Monday February 20th, is Presidents’ Day. To honor the occasion, Building Faith would […]
New research shows: Confirmation is vital for youth faith development and church vitality. Such a program calls for vigorous planning.
An activity for all ages, the Lords Prayer Tracing Cross is visual and tactile way to deepen prayer experience. Try it this Lent at church or home.
9 previous Lent posts for congregations and home full of reflection, liturgy, music, prayers and devotionals for the season.
As the calendar draws near to Lent, many churches and individuals are looking for books and resources for the journey. Paraclete Press has new offerings for Lent, as well as trusted favorites. From books to CDs… children to adults… there is something for everyone.