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Lenten Books & Resources from Forward Movement

As you no doubt know, Lent Madness is the world’s most popular online Lenten devotion. For people around the globe, the saintly smackdown is the very definition of Lenten devotion (and competition). Though it’s hard to believe, some people prefer a different approach to Lent, so I’m glad to share with you four other resources Forward Movement is really excited to offer you this Lent and Easter.

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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.

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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.

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Civil Rights Sunday

September 15th marks the 50th anniversary of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The explosion at the African-American church, which killed four girls, marked a turning point in the U.S. 1960s Civil Rights Movement and contributed to support for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Decorating for Pentecost

We decorate the church for Christmas; we fill it with flowers for Easter; so why not make a colorful splash for Pentecost, the third of our major Christian festivals? This is the day the Spirit came to fill God's people with Jesus so we might be his body now on earth. This is the birthday of the Church and birthdays should be marked by a great celebration.

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Exodus Conversations: An Interfaith Resources

There is a new resource, accessible via the web that brings the voices of three of the Abrahamic traditions, sharing the story of the Exodus. As we enter the core events of the Jewish and Christian faiths - Passover and Holy Week - this conversation is worth participating in, especially as many congregations will be holding a "Christian Seder" which I believe denigrates both faith traditions.

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