There is no one “perfect” way to plan youth group, but these seven tips – along with a year long calendar published well in advance – help create the consistency needed for building trust and connections to explore faith together.
An Easter sunrise breakfast is one way families can transmit Christian belief in ways that are authentic to their household.
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.
And while we sit carving our jack o'lanterns, we remember these words of St. Paul: Your attitude must be that of Christ. Though he was in the form of God, he did not deem equality with God something to be grasped at. Rather, he emptied himself... Because of this, God has exalted him. (Philippians 2:6-9)
Do we read the historical research and realize that they were not all very nice people and that their arrival was not necessarily a hit with the native peoples? What about all the other people who arrived on these shores at different times and in different places?
Several months ago I wrote a piece on Building Faith about genuflecting - making the sign of the cross. Blessing oneself or crossing oneself, is a ritual blessing made by members…
The week before Christmas we would gather in the undercroft (basement) of the church and assemble the luminaria. Creating an assembly line, one of us would open white lunch-size paper bags, placing them on large trays. Another person would use a paper cup to dump about two inches of sand in the bag, followed by another person placing a white votive candle (one that would burn for eight hours) in the sand.
Believing in the true spirit of Christmas, I commit myself to... * Remember those people who truly need my gifts * Express my love in more direct ways than gifts * Examine my holiday activities in the light of my deepest values * Be a peacemaker within my circle of family and friends * Rededicate myself to my spiritual growth
What are the characteristics of a saint? What does the Bible say about saints. Bibliography for children and adults included with many books on saints.
Some churches use Bright Blue to symbolize the night sky, the anticipation of the impending announcement of the King’s coming, or to symbolize the waters of Genesis 1, the beginning of a new creation. Some churches, including some Catholic churches, use blue violet to preserve the traditional use of purple while providing a visual distinction between the purple or red violet of Lent.
St. Patrick's Breastplate is contained in the ancient Book of Armagh, from the early ninth century, along with Patrick's authentic "Confession." St. Patrick is said to have written this prayer to strengthen himself with God's protection as he prepared to confront and convert Loegaire, high king of Ireland.
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.
The Story of the Dove Cake is an Easter legend in Italy. Once there was a king who wanted to capture a city. His horse did not cooperated and would not enter battle. While trying to get his horse to charge through the city, a young girl offered the horse a piece of cake that was shaped like a dove, the bird of peace. Upon receiving this gift, the king decided not to conquer the city with his army after all.
During the Middle Ages eggs were not allowed to be eaten as part of the Lenten fast. So Easter Sunday became a day to celebrate with the eating of eggs. Children used to go house to house, singing and begging for eggs. They were paid in hard-boiled eggs, dyed with vegetables such as beetroot (red), spinach (green), onions (yellow)and tea (brown).
Baptism has its roots in ancient practices that preceded Christianity. Jewish rituals of purification were centered on the cleansing of the body with water. Many Jewish customs found their way into the initiation rites of the Early Church.
As a child, I recall watching my father (also brought up "low church") enter "our pew" in church with a bow to the cross as he also bent with one knee to the floor. A puzzlement to me of which I never asked. Only my Catholic friends did those weird body gestures, including moving their hands all over their foreheads and chest when praying.
Despite the fact that Pope Alexander II had ordered a very simple and somber way of "deposing" the Alleluia, a variety of farewell customs prevailed in many countries up to the sixteenth century.
Most importantly, the first day of Chinese New Year is a time to honor one's elders and families visit the oldest and most senior members of their extended families, usually their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.
Although Lenten regulations varied with time and place during the Middle Ages, this was the day all households were to use up all milk, eggs and fat to prepare for the strict fasting of Lent. These ingredients were made into pancakes, a meal which came to symbolize preparation for the discipline of Lent, from the English tradition
Kwanzaa (December 26 - January 1) means first fruits and is a non-religious seven-day celebration created in 1966 in the midst of the Black consciousness movement in the United States. It therefore reflects the activism of that time and the call for cultural unity.