We left Eden a long time ago. God came to join us outside its gates. Now, as we turn to Christ and offer our lives for his service, God enables us to become stewards of Creation.
Children's Chapel nurtures spirituality, models worship, teaches scripture, plus prayer and song. How to use those precious 35 minutes? Tips, ideas, & more.
Readers have been sharing Lent in a Bag ideas since 2013. Churches around the country have put their spin on 'Lent in a Bag' and we asked them to share with you! Check out these pictures of all the different versions from a wide variety of churches.
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.
This ministry of gratitude is essential, for it reflects our gratitude to God for the many gifts and blessing we have received through the people who serve God and the church.
With careful planning, coffee hour can be where congregants spiritually nourish one another, newcomers feel welcomed, and oldtimers enjoy fellowship.
Little ideas can strengthen faith. Use dry erase markers to write Bible verses, faith messages, or pictures. Works for church, or on the mirror at home!
Most churches see attendance decline in the summer, but here are ways to buck the trend, and build spiritual connection throughout the season.
Separate from the main church website, these churches made unique websites to focus on Christian formation and give tools for faith at home.
A church revamps its annual Christmas caroling event to reach young families, and to sing at group-homes and nursing homes. Party includes crafts and dinner.
Need good movies for church? 10 PG movies to watch with younger youth groups. Includes descriptions of each movie and why it would make a good showing.
Will our children be generous? Will they give to others and to the church? Children's stewardship starts when adults and churches model generosity.
Does your church have a Facebook page? Does your church know how to use it? Here are 10 tips for reaching people and sharing your message through Facebook.
hurches have always raised money for projects, building relationships in mission. Online platforms for crowdfunding make this process easy and exciting.
Young or old, lay or ordained, what are the four qualities needed to be a great minister in the church? Bishop Shand tells us the four questions he asks, directly or indirectly, to every minister.
In 2013 Brook Packard wrote a series of articles for Building Faith about singing with children. She shared wisdom from her many years of experience as an educator, musician, and Christian formation leader. These articles are rich with practical tips, overall advice, and ways to keep the joy of singing alive. If you or anyone you know works with children, these articles must reads!
Have you thanked your pastor and church leaders lately? Carolyn Chilton shares four tips for how to write a thank you note. One note makes a big difference.
Churches play an important role in sending off high school seniors. Special gifts can mark the occasion. Some suggestions including books and other ideas.
GenOn has produced "All God's Children." This five-week series offers activities, Bible Study, and group learning for all ages. Designed for Lent.
Dinner groups occasionally draw new members into congregational life, satisfying the original “foyer” intent. One parish newcomer noted, “I always came away from a dinner with a better appreciation of who we are as a community and how we got here.” But for us they have a wider purpose: facilitating social engagement outside the church walls.