We recently caught up with the Rev. Ramelle McCall, Urban Missioner for the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. After giving a tour of Church of Holy Trinity, he shared the opportunities and challenges of ministry in West Baltimore.
18th-century hymn writer Isaac Watts encourages us to stand closer to the cross and to Jesus, inspiring us with Christ's love for us and our echoing love.
All of this helps us see Baptism as an important beginning, both for Jesus, and for us.
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.
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.
A new DVD for elementary-age students that teaches children an overall concept of Christian prayer in a fun and engaging way.
The church shines at VBS: showing values of community, education, Scripture, and nurturing children. As a clergy person VBS is particularly powerful.
"A fun tradition is to make them during Holy Week. You can then hide the butterfly chrysalises, to be revealed on Easter Sunday." Butterflies and The Resurrection One of the…
A well-crafted and clearly stated announcement invites people into the work of God your congregation is engaged in.
A faith chest allows us to look back, as often as we need, at the parts of our spiritual lives. This home practice offers tips and advice and links.
Christians have a special opportunity on a birthday. Declare God's love, pray, give thanks for life, and bless! Birthday prayers and blessings included.
Many denominations have large gatherings every few years. In the Episcopal Church, for example, there is General Convention. My prayer for this gathering.
Churches are discovering the benefits of intergenerational faith formation. Large gatherings, small groups, or enhancing existing program all work for you.
February 2nd has, for centuries, been celebrated as a Christian Feast Day as the Feast of the Presentation, honoring the day on which the baby Jesus was brought to the Temple in Jerusalem by his parents Mary and Joseph. The name Candlemas refers to the blessing of candles and the processions, traditional elements of the celebration.
Plastic sign holders are a flexible and inexpensive way to add welcoming signage to your church. For example, at Christmas and other events.
Many churches light Advent wreath candles in Advent. While there is no official custom or prayers, here is scripture/liturgy/prayers you can use or adapt.
Room at my Table may seem, at at first glance, like light reading. Indeed, the lively prose and entertaining anecdotes make for quick page turning. But after digesting a few reflections, one finds a volume that is expertly written, and carefully crafted through and through. On a personal note, I was thoroughly impressed with the writing and the spiritual exposition displayed in this inspiring book.
After a frustrating trip to Target, I realized that Christmas cards with Christian themes and images are available online. Here are some options. Next, the title of this post: "Christian Christmas?" It sounds off. That said, we all understand the dynamics of Christmas secular/religious/everything in between. So without delving into the whole "reason for the season" discussion, let me get right to the point: Christmas cards.
"Faith is formed by the power of the Holy Spirit through personal, trusted relationships – often in our own homes." 5 statements summing up Faith Formation.
This past Saturday, October 4th, was the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi. It is a tradition to bless animals on this date, as St. Francis is the patron saint of animals. Many churches and schools hold blessings ceremonies. This year, as the date fell on a Saturday, my family and I decided to do some extra blessings - at the local dog park.