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Dear Readers: Show Us Your Lent in a Bag!

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!

On Ash Wednesday: A Word from St. Francis

“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: A Traditional Activity for Lent

Making pretzels provides a welcome activity during Lent, while teaching about prayer, fasting, scripture and baking! Easy recipe included.

Daily Thoughts & Practices for a Glorious Lent

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.

Church Attendance: Is What You See What You Get?

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.

On Presidents’ Day: A Word on Prayer

  “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 […]

8 Questions to Ask Before Planning Confirmation Class

New research shows: Confirmation is vital for youth faith development and church vitality. Such a program calls for vigorous planning.

Activity for Lent: Lord’s Prayer Tracing Cross

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.

Building Faith Does Lent: 9 Helpful Posts

9 previous Lent posts for congregations and home full of reflection, liturgy, music, prayers and devotionals for the season.

Books and Music for Lent: Paraclete Press

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.

Building Faith Does Ash Wednesday: 8 Helpful Posts

“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.

3 Things from Forma 2017

Forma 2017 was a huge success with professional educators, formation and worship leaders and researchers celebrating together in worship and workshop time.

Thursday is Candlemas: A Brief Guide

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.

Teach Bible Stories… with a Parachute!

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.

8 Quick Games for Sunday School and Youth Group

From balloons to jelly beans, these games by Jolene Roehlkepartain will add a spark to your group, and actually help kids focus!

Looking for Sunday School and Youth Group Games?

Taking a break for a quick game or activity can improve focus, the key is being prepared with fun, structured, movement-filled games.

New Lenten Study: 5 Marks of Love

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.

Webinar: Planning for Lent

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.

3 Picture Books to Honor MLK, Jr Day

Books old and new help us remember and honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, a great preacher and speaker, on MLK, Jr Day.

Church Idea: Social Media Prayer of the Week

Social media prayer are simple enough to do daily, with the goal to encourage individuals and families to pray; and to equip them with practical knowledge.