With a handful of items, you or our church can make a small Advent wreath, perfect for a bedside table or desk. Truly an object of devotion for the season.
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.
Baptism marks a special beginning in the life of a Christian. Here are resources to use with candidates, families, godparents, and children.
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.
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.
Litanies are longer prayers that take the form of call and response. These Thanksgiving prayers can be used at church or at home.
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.
While nearly nine-in-ten Americans own a Bible, 61 percent say they wish they read it more, and according to studies by the Barna Group, Bible literacy is at an all time low. Much of this can be accredited to the collective experience of readers having difficulty in comprehending scripture.
Any ONE curricular resource will probably not fit your whole group. Which is why you may have to tap into several resources and tweak them to fit your (and your group's) needs.
We may not be able to describe scientifically what happens to children who attend church Sunday after Sunday, but I believe something deeply and profoundly formational happens.
Book reviews, lesson plans, ideas for ministry, and a search engine that allows you to seek books related to scripture or themes makes this website and its content a place to bookmark, subscribe to, and visit on a regular basis for excellent resources to supplement your formation ministries with children - and youth!
He arrived in a plain brown envelope, with an evangelical message stuck to the front: "Do not bend. Flat Jesus enclosed."
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.
As the children’s and adults’ liturgies should form an organic whole, make sure your priest knows what’s going on, particularly when it comes to their return and any presentation they may have to make.
Children's sermons can communicate inclusion & belonging or they can segregate children. What are the pros and cons of offering a children's sermon in worship?
Consider our hearts as gardens, with beauty and nourishment to offer others, with weeds that need tending, with pruning to be done. It is work to keep a garden paradise.
Whether gathering with children, youth, or adults sometimes you just need an ice-breaker to get folks warmed up, moving, or engaged with each other.
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.
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.
In the early Christian church, children were baptized and formed in their faith by the whole Christian community; participating in prayers, listening to sermons and teachings and sharing in meals with the whole community.