High school students help plan and lead a bi-weekly curriculum rooted in the covenants of the Bible that stretches into their personal and communal lives.
One church uses a non-traditional time for adult education book study to capture a community's need for civil discourse.
Elizabeth Windsor describes a successful church group for moms. Bible study, sharing across generations, worship, and service all developed in this group.
When our Sunday School wing needed renovations, we moved formation to the hall, stage, the kitchen, and other spaces. The results were so exciting!
They had bowed so low that their hair was over their faces that I wasn’t exactly sure what they were doing. After about two minutes, they rose and came back down the steps of the stage. I asked, “What were you doing bent over like that?” One of them looked up at me, and in the tone of voice only girls approaching their teenage years can produce said, “Well, praying, obviously!”
An interactive group activity to teach the meaning of the Lord's Prayer to children and adults. Props and visuals help deepen understanding.
Pentecost is the birthday of the church. Elizabeth Windsor has some ideas up her sleeve to help adults and children get into the spirit and celebrate.
Have you ever had one of those times where the Spirit came at you from every place in your life and reminded you of what you REALLY know but have forgotten? Well, that has been the story of this Christian Educator for the past few weeks.
Not only is this on-line class feeding the souls of individual members who can’t physically be part of a small group in the church building, parishioners who would never have had come together at any other Church program are getting to know and trust one another.
After presenting Bible to third-graders, this church holds a three session course for children and parents to learn Bible basics and key concepts.
Adults maintain the ability to learn throughout the life cycle, and education in church can make strong impacts. Invite them to participate in the learning and give them a chance to bring what they know into the process.
The return of the regular September-June program year brings with it new opportunities for formation and relationships.
I used to start my Pageant planning in October, but as the beginning of the program year is so intense, for several years the Advent train left the station and almost ran me over before the planning was done – so now I do Pageant prep in, yes, JULY!
Self-described as an “I don’t believe in God person,” helping this literal child and Star Wars aficionado select a book that piqued his interest was no easy task.
For those of us who are professionals in the Church, making meaning through worship and program for our congregations is hard work. I am sure I am not the only Church staff member exhausted and slightly frayed around the edges on this Easter Monday morning.
The events of Jesus' death are shocking and violent, but we cannot fully live into Easter if we have not experienced Jesus' death. There are ways to approach this with children that make it easier to share the whole story.
Through water, grapes and grain, we are formed as Christians. An exploration of these two Sacraments is a grace-filled opportunity to help parents who may not be well versed in the Bible experience God’s grace and power with their children as they play in the water and knead the bread.
“Who do you say I am?” It is Peter who answers, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God” and the Church traditionally interprets this passage as Peter’s confession of Jesus lordship. But something else is going on in this passage that speaks exactly to the developmental needs of our emerging teens.