Posts Tagged ‘Jesus’

A Youth Curriculum That Works – Youth Emmaus


  “That was fun!” “That was a great lesson!”   I had always hoped to hear comments like these from the youth of the church where I serve. But I only began to hear them when I implemented a curriculum that is barely known in the United States. I can’t remember where I found it […]

Children’s Stations of the Cross – What, How, When and Why

Childrens Stations St. Marys

The supplies are minimal: bulletins, a cross. “Where did we put that small cross again?” The setting is familiar: the nave of the church. The participants are the key: children and their parents. They have been specifically invited to a service with a straightforward title: Children’s Stations of the Cross. When I was the Assistant […]

Listen Up – When Children Teach Adults about God’s Love


Tina Clark is the Family Minister at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Denver, CO. This article is based on a sermon which was written and delivered with help from the children and youth of St. Barnabas.         “So listen. Close your eyes and listen now. Hear the sound of your name, spoken in love, […]

Children’s Prayers and Bible Verses for Lent

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The season of Lent is a perfect time for children to take on the challenge of learning a prayer by heart, or memorizing a Bible verse. Here are some suggestions.

Hand it Over – Why Giving Something Up for Lent Matters


The purpose of Lenten discipline, I have discovered, is to draw closer to Jesus Christ. Full stop. Growing deeper into Christ’s love is the compelling reason to give something up for Lent; and it is no coincidence that this is also the only way to succeed in doing so.

March 9th – A Double Dose of Sunday Happens


This week we are blessed to have two reflections! Katie Young is the youth ministry intern at Church of the Heavenly Rest in Abilene, Texas. Debra Quintana is the Director of Christian Education at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Larchmont, NY.     What went right today? Katie: We had a wonderful discussion about mission and what it […]

An Invitation to a Holy Lent


Matthew and Charlotte invite you to a holy Lent with the words of the Book of Common Prayer, set to music.

Vacation Bible School 2014 – The Reviews ARE IN!


Every summer, churches around the world do something crazy. They invite thousands of children into their buildings, feed them snacks, and then let them play, dance, sing, run, build, and ask as many questions as they want.  Why do they do this???  They do it because children need to know that they are precious in […]

Top Lenten Resources from Building Faith


Some of the most popular Lenten resources are right here on Building Faith. Here are some of the top posts you need for Lent, along with a few extra goodies. Whatever you do for Lent, remember that it is not about “self-improvement,” it is about drawing closer to Jesus.

Sunday Happens – Butterflies and Transformation in Erie


There aren’t too many sure things in life, but we can be sure that every week, Sunday will happen. In churches around the world, Jesus Christ is proclaimed, and people of all ages grow deeper into him. Today’s reflection comes from Merideth Paff, a Sunday school teacher at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Erie, PA. She lives in […]

Pancake Supper Survival Guide (BTDT)

Jesus Pancakes

You agreed in a pre-pageant haze to take over this year’s Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Lent seemed so far away…

Now it’s around the corner. You know people will show up, hungry. You know you have volunteers. What you don’t know is how to turn on the church oven.

Breathe. You can do this. We can help. Here at Building Faith we have BTDT experts to offer wisdom for just such occasions. BTDT, of course, stands for “Been There, Done That.”

Know Before You Go – Is it a Mission Trip or a Pilgrimage?

dune walker's legs

It’s the time of year when youth ministers shift into high gear preparing for summer adventures.  While the details and mechanics often take center stage – budgets, van rentals, permission slips – leaders must also keep in mind the big picture. Mission trips and pilgrimages offer unique lenses through which to encounter God. So before […]

Singing in the Dark: Why Children Should be Invited to Ash Wednesday

Children lights candles

Finding a way to share Ash Wednesday with children may be difficult, but it is not impossible. In my own parish, we do it through song. For several years we have leveraged the weekly Wednesday children’s choir practices to share the experience of Ash Wednesday and Lent. By inviting the children to sing in the midst of this service, we allow the power of song to be their consolation even in the dark moments of life. We equip them to deal with death and mortality head on.

“Sunday Happens” – Good News from Gainesville


Today is our first edition of a new segment on Building Faith called “Sunday Happens.” Christian formation leaders from across the country will share their experience from THIS SUNDAY by answering three simple questions.  Feel free to comment, share, support, ask, commiserate, or just say “God is good!”     Today’s reflection comes from Kristen […]

Inquiring Minds Want to Know: A Recipe for Confirmation

joy of inquiry

Home baked bread has been part of my life ever since I can remember. On Sundays my mother would take out the Joy of Cooking, turn to page 603, and begin gathering the ingredients. By evening our family was gathered around the kitchen table for warm bread topped with melting butter. I use that same […]

Becoming the Story We Tell


It’s purpose: to restore the role of Lent and Easter in forming the church as a community of disciples, welcoming new disciples, and renewing a sense of God’s call to the church in baptism.

The Nativity – Theological Foundations of Christmas


The Christian faith is a faith of incarnation, of the mystery whereby God the Son, the second Person of the Holy Trinity became fully human for the sake of the whole human race. As the Christmas collect says, he came to ‘take our nature upon him and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin.’

Advent 4 Reflection – Matthew Announces the Birth of Jesus


Matthew’s account of Jesus’ birth is less lyrical than Luke’s and I find it more compelling. I find it easier to enter this world with all its emotions. There is more space for me to wonder what it took for Joseph to stand by Mary. There is room for me to feel the joy and the fear. Jesus was born into dark times. I wonder if that is why we observe Christmas during the shortest days of the year.

Advent 3 Reflection: Visions and Prophets


During these first three Sundays, Matthew has introduced us to Jesus during his years of ministry and highlighted the unpredictability and the imminence of the kingdom of God, our need to follow paths whose end we do not know, and the importance of being open to prophets who will not be what we expect.

Lights, Camera and Action: Bringing the Gospel to Life


Creating these films has been a lot of work, but it was well worth the time and the effort. We have given the kids an opportunity to engage the sacred stories in their terms, with their own words. These films allow God to be known to them and to us.