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.
I’m a Church Greeter… And an Evangelist!
Summer is high season for visiting. Guests are looking to see if your church will be a good fit; greeters are the first people they meet!
Do You Pray for Your Children? How to Start
What matters most is that your prayer is authentic, spoken from the hopes and fears of your heart. God knows you and delights in your voice.
Success Story: Car Blessings in the Church Lot!
In Epiphany, fifth graders’ car blessings encouraging people to ‘follow the light’ were placed on windshields during those cloudy, dark winter days.
Rhythms of Grace: How One Church Feeds Special Needs
Rhythms of Grace is relatively simple, affordable, and adaptive and can be effectively used to bring the Gospel to people not currently being served. Designed for those on the Autism spectrum, it is also very welcoming to individuals with other diagnoses like Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, ADHD, Down Syndrome, and neuro-typical children with ordinary wiggly squigglies, as well as youth and adults.
18th-century hymn writer Isaac Watts encourages us to stand closer to the cross and to Jesus, inspiring us with Christ’s love for us and our echoing love.
Inviting your guests to what is coming up next at your church is an important part of welcoming and evangelism. Easter affords an opportunity to welcome large numbers of new faces to the Next Big Thing with your congregation.
A new baby ministry that starts in the days after baby comes home from the hospital, with words of welcome from the congregation and reading material and nursery information, helps one church bridge birth, baptism, and nursery.
An Easter sunrise breakfast is one way families can transmit Christian belief in ways that are authentic to their household.
A wide variety of posts to help celebrate Easter Sunday and the whole season in church and at home, including crafts and teaching tools for all ages.
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.