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Faith Formation (formerly Sunday School) / Intergenerational activites / Prayer / Welcoming All Families

Teen Friendly Back to School Blessing:

I have noticed that the youth are less enthusiastic about backpack blessing tags than the younger kids.  This year I decided to try to come up with a something that appealed to a wider age range. The blessing reminder needs to be: Youth friendly. Visually appealing. Budget-friendly. Reflect our church’s commitment to inclusion. Be a … Continue reading

Faith Formation (formerly Sunday School) / Taking the Lessons Home / Uncategorized

Using Google Classroom: An Experiment in Online Faith Formation

Many subscription-based services are out of our budget range and don’t offer content flexibility. We’ve tried Facebook groups for Bible study, but they tend to fizzle out.  Last Spring, Google made it possible for anyone with a Gmail account to launch a class in their free app, Google Classroom. Wanting to experiment with potential uses, … Continue reading

Children's Sermons / Uncategorized

Inviting children to pass the peace

Since hearing Diana Butler Bass speak at CEF last October, I have been pondering her four-part “Agenda for Christian Formation.” Inspired by her book, Grounded, she suggests where and how people are searching for God: Spiritual Peace and Well Being Sense of Awe and Wonder about the Universe Deep Sense of Gratitude Engaging Meaning and Purpose of … Continue reading

Deeply Rooted
Thoughts on Faith

Deeply Rooted

This is a longer version of the devotional I wrote for Northbrook United Methodist Church. Today, Brian and I celebrate 21 years of growing roots together. Happy Anniversary, Love! After several rentals, Brian and I bought our first house with the intention of it being our  only home. A new build, we invested much time … Continue reading