I am excited to introduce Weaving Faith – a monthly, curated list of faith formation resources for all ages. As a progressive Christian, licensed teacher, and a deacon in the United Methodist Church, I am always looking for ways to create engaging, transformative, and faith forming experiences. I pray the resources below inspire you to create sacred spaces, find the deep rhythms of church seasons, form rich relationships, and delight in God’s presence.
Church Seasons and Rituals: Epiphany
Building Faith offers instructions for a “Magi Star of Kindness Game” and chalking the door. Chalking the door is a traditional way to bless our hearts and homes on Epiphany. In a pandemic it feels particularly relevant to pray in the new year.
King Cake can be eaten on Epiphany and Mardi Gras. This simple recipe uses store-bought dough. A chunk of orange slice is a great substitute for a plastic baby. All the fun ready in 20 minutes.
Constructive, Experiential Faith Formation
This post from 2015 includes ideas for engaging all ages with the water and the meaning of baptism. All could work at home for those of us who are still worshiping and learning online.
I don’t know this author, but I really appreciated their thoughts on children’s ministry modeled after Fred Rogers more than Disney. I know I have felt the temptation to be flashier in this season of social distancing. Flash can be fun, but kids need substance, too :”He [Fred] didn’t distract kids from the pain and questions that were making them sad or scared. He looked in the camera and spoke from his heart to theirs. .”
Living Faithfully in a Pandemic:
The relationship between faith and resilience is a relatively new interest for me. I look forward to Amelia Richardson-Dress’ new book “The Hopeful Family: Raising Resilient Children in Uncertain Times.” While we wait for it to arrive this short article and my thought’s from April might be of interest.
Staying connected to loved ones while living in the same house 24/7 can be a challenge. The 3 minute podcast, “Small Things Often” has been a fantastic resource for my husband and me.
Books on my Shelf:
I always appreciate a structured, but not too structured, approach to prayer. Jennifer Gamber and Timothy Seamans offer just such an approach in Common Prayer for Children and Families. Prayers are divided into sections: mealtime prayers, praying through the day, and praying through the church year. There’s a preview here that offers a glimpse of their beautifully crafted words. Just between you and me, I use these prayers as an adult – no kids needed.
I hope you are able to find sabbath after Christmas before diving into a new year. Bookmark this collection of Lent and Easter resources for when you are ready & download the free guide on the left by clicking here.
One of the great joys of hosting this website is being able to connect with others who are passionate about faith formation. Which is to say, leave a comment or send me an email. I’d love to hear from you.
Grace and Peace,
Christine V. Hides