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!
Church Welcome Bags for Children
Developing welcome bags and strategies show that the congregation is delighted that all members of a visiting family have attended. Our pastor often says in his welcome to visitors “We’ve been expecting you” – and with these actions, we show that we have been preparing that welcome.
How to Write a New Baby Card: 7 Tips
It is a joy to support new parents, but what to write and when? Here are 7 tips for how to write a new baby card, including special circumstances.
Mentoring: The Missing Key to Confirmation?
Relationships between youth and trusted adults strengthen confirmation programs and congregational support.
10 Easter Encouragements for Ministry Leaders
Easter Monday… you made it! The resurrection unfolds into a season of new life. What does it hold for you? Encouraging words from the Center for the Ministry of Teaching.
“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.
“Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth.” Building Faith offers ideas and inspiration for Ash Wednesday and Shrove Tuesday.
Forma 2017 was a huge success with professional educators, formation and worship leaders and researchers celebrating together in worship and workshop time.
Every year Christians celebrate the Feast of the Presentation, also called Candlemas. This day honors Mary and Joseph presenting the Christ child at the Temple, 40 days after his birth. To learn more about Candlemas, check out these two Building Faith articles.
Traditionally used in early-childhood classrooms, a parachute can introduce movement and visual appeal when learning Bible stories. 8 Bible stories and their parachute movements are included.
From balloons to jelly beans, these games by Jolene Roehlkepartain will add a spark to your group, and actually help kids focus!
Taking a break for a quick game or activity can improve focus, the key is being prepared with fun, structured, movement-filled games.
If we are ‘marked as Christ’s own,’ what are the ‘marks of love’ that characterize the Divine Life abiding and at work within us? The Brothers of SSJE’s Lenten workbook for 2017.
Your invited to this free webinar on planning for Lent. Big picture thinking and practical ideas with Matthew Kozlowski, Krista Lovell, and Sue Van Oss.