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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.

Intergenerational Program: The Velveteen Rabbit

  Magic happens when a story draws adult and child into a world of make-believe. Reading together is a precious gift of time that feeds the soul and nurtures the heart.     Each year the season of Advent reminds us that God’s love became incarnate in a stable in Bethlehem. This year, St Cuthbert’s offered an intergenerational […]

The Journey of the Magi by T.S. Eliot

Eliot’s poem of the Magi helps us to remember that Jesus’ story continues in each of us, as we travel to see the Christ child and back into our own lives.

Youth Group, Teens, Smartphones… What’s the Answer?

Ministry leaders have an opportunity to take what the common tools of technology in our culture to be a reminder of Christ’s presence with us.

Epiphany and the Baptism of our Lord

All of this helps us see Baptism as an important beginning, both for Jesus, and for us.

5 Household Rituals for Christmas Eve

What does Christmas Eve look like in the home? Simple rituals like creche blessings, songs, and Bible stories draw our attention to Christ’s birth.

Sharing Faith: Celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah

Celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkah brings families together to share faith, tradition, food, and light. Links to recipes and books.

Building Faith Does Epiphany: 7 Helpful Posts

In Epiphany, we come to see who Jesus is, where he is to be found, and where we begin to understand what he is about. Ideas to help you plan and celebrate.

Reverse Advent: A Spiritual Discipline of Reaching Out

A Reverse Advent Calendar encourages households to think about others’ needs during the season of giving. One congregation comes together to reach out to their community.

Tips for Welcoming Visitors at Christmas Services

Christmas is coming, and that means special church services. Which also means lots of visitors and guests. Tips for welcoming.

Books on Death and Grief

A variety of books on death and grief for all audiences from children and teens to adults, for those helping others cope with grief and for those grieving themselves.

Curriculum Review: Pilgrim

Pilgrim is a two-track small group curriculum that builds a strong foundation for followers of Jesus, whether they are beginning their journey or want to travel further.

Showing Movies at Church: Do I Need a License?

So you want to show movies at church, but what about copyright? You DO need permission or a license. What you need to know, and sources to get a license.