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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.

Building Faith Does Holy Week: 15 Helpful Posts

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.

Children’s Chapel: Best Practices and Resources

In Children’s Chapel, young children have space to celebrate God’s Word – gathering, listening, and responding – in their own way. Resources reviewed by Building Faith help adults create meaningful liturgy for them.

Social Media Sunday

Social Media Sunday, with the hashtag #SMS16, can easily integrate into worship, fellowship time, or even beyond with faith formation opportunities.

Building Faith Does All Saints’ Day: 7 Helpful Posts

All Saints Day, November 1st is one of the most important Christian days of the year. Articles on history, reflection, ideas, books, and activities.

Resource for Children’s Sermons: Feasting on the Word

Looking for consistent and Bible-based suggestions for children’s sermons/messages? This book re-tells a children’s Bible story for each lectionary Sunday.

The Rite Place: Interactive Worship for Children & Adults

Children learn by participating fully in age-appropriate worship. Parents learn about worship with weekly, child-led instructed Eucharist, with Rite Place.

The Children’s Sermon: 5 Do’s and Don’ts

Craft your children’s message to build disciples and reach a younger faith, rather than squander the moment on empty cuteness and silliness.

This Children’s Bulletin Doubles as a Worship Scavenger Hunt

Many churches use published children’s bulletins to engage younger worshippers. This homemade option helps connect children to the prayers and liturgy.

Christians Together: Planning an Ecumenical Worship Service

Developing an ecumenical worship service can be one of the most spiritually uplifting experiences for any Christian. As always, we remember that we are living into Jesus’ prayer in John 17:21 “That you all may be one.” If you are planning an ecumenical worship service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, or some other time: here are some pointers and items to keep in mind:

Lessons and Carols – The Church Service that “Went Viral”

The Festival of Lessons and Carols, like the best holiday traditions, is always the same, yet always new.  Plan yours with care; enjoy it with delight!       Why Lessons and Carols works Every December, choir directors the world over have the care and delight of preparing a Festival of Lessons and Carols.  Some might […]

Dear Parents: Thank You for Bringing your Children to Church

As people engaged in communicating the love of God to children, we know the value of age appropriate learning led by loving teachers using pedagogically sound resources. And we also understand the importance of including children in intergenerational worship.

Too often I’ve witnessed parents, weary and worried about disrupting the service, apologize to the people around because their children were wiggly or loud. They shouldn’t have to feel that way. Parents, grandparents and other caregivers may wonder at times if it is worth all the effort. This letter is for them:

The Children’s Bulletin: Which One is Right for Your Church?

Most churches distribute some type of bulletin on Sunday mornings as worshippers enter their sanctuary for services. For some, it is the entire service printed out – prayers, readings, and hymns. For some it is simply the Order for Worship, with names of those who are giving reflections. For the newcomer or visitor, it is a helpful aid to follow what might be an unfamiliar form of worship.

But what about the children? Sunday bulletins are not just for adults.

Why Sunday School Still Matters – And Why it Still Works

Here is the question: Is Sunday school still valuable in building up the next generation of Christians? Or is it a tragic hindrance to the overall goals of the Christian community?

The answer must take into account a full view of faith formation. But in short: Yes Sunday school is valuable. And yes, a traditional model of parish-based Christian education can still be effective is nurturing children and offering them knowledge, skills, and values to grow into adult followers of Jesus Christ.

A Call to Worship for the Day of Pentecost

A prayer to use on the Day of Pentecost for worship. Can be used as call-and-response, by the whole congregation, or individuals.

Singing in the Dark: Ash Wednesday with Children

Inviting children into the seriousness of Ash Wednesday is a holy opportunity. Music and singing brings light to the experience.

Free Worship & Liturgical Resources

Enriching Our Worship series and Liturgical Resources series is now available for a free as downloadable resources for worship usage. They offer prayers for a variety of circumstances and celebrations in the lives of congregations and individuals.

Celebrate the Good News: A Children’s Chapel Resource

Children’s Chapel allows children to learn the rhythm of worship. Children’s chapel is a time of active participation in age-appropriate Liturgy of the Word. Children listen to scripture, respond and pray together.

8 Activities for All Saints’ Day

On November 1st the church remembers the saints of God – all faithful servants and believers. The day is seen as a communion of saints who have died and of all Christian persons. All Hallows’ Eve, October 31st (from which our Halloween traditions come); All Saints’ Day; and All Souls’ Day (November 2nd – the Day of the Faithful Departed), are connected by tradition and are often celebrated together.

Worship, Learning, and Technology

“Today, churches and religions are challenged to find the appropriate metaphors to maximize the new opportunities that media presents and come to terms with a fundamental shift in reading practices that digitality has brought about,” said Daniel Ramirez, an assistant professor of North American religious history at the University of Michigan.