Faith Formation (formerly Sunday School) / Thoughts on Faith / Youth Ministry

Equipping Youth to Think Theologically

Affirm Youth Questions: “I need proof that God exists before I believe” was the beginning of rich and meaningful, ten-minute conversation initiated by a youth. As I listened, I was privileged to get a glimpse into this junior high student’s complex thoughts on science, faith, and eternity. At the end of the conversation, I affirmed their … Continue reading

Arts and Crafts / Children's Sermons / Faith Formation (formerly Sunday School) / Intergenerational activites / Uncategorized / Welcoming All Families

Prayground Activities for the September Lectionary:

Praygrounds, or dedicated areas in the worship space for children, are a wonderful new development many churches have added. But, what if you don’t have a dedicated space? We share our small sanctuary with another congregation, so a permanent area with furniture or baby equipment wasn’t an option for us. Instead, we use the empty … 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

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