A Box Full of Gratitude
Intergenerational activites / My Family / Taking the Lessons Home / Thoughts on Faith

A Box Full of Gratitude

  Praying mantises, granola, family, holding hands with my sister, playing games, the world, the sun, the rain, Jesus, my friends… these are just a few of the things my girls wrote that they were thankful for in the preschool and early elementary years. A decade ago they didn’t use many vowels in their spelling, though … Continue reading

Taking the Lessons Home / Thoughts on Faith / Welcoming All Families

Parent Perspectives: A Real Mom gives Real Answers about Faith at Home

Today, Erin, aka The Social Butterfly Mom, is sharing her perspective on how churches can support parents practicing faith at home. Erin is one of the super-engaged moms in our church and in our community. She brings fresh honesty, insights, and ideas to our children’s ministry. And, she sends me adorable videos of her two-year old reciting the … 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

Summer Planning Made Easy
Faith Formation (formerly Sunday School) / Intergenerational activites / Taking the Lessons Home

Summer Planning Made Easy

With travel and camp, our summer attendance tends to be rather sporadic. We need lessons that stand alone, invite us outside, and offer meaningful opportunities for reflection about God. Sound familiar? I’d been pondering how we could offer a multi-age class focused on justice and compassion starting in June. As grace would have it, several … Continue reading

Confirmation Tips for Parents I: Understanding Confirmation
Confirmation / Taking the Lessons Home / Youth Ministry

Confirmation Tips for Parents I: Understanding Confirmation

As my second daughter approaches confirmation, I am reminded just how different two children in the same family can be! With my oldest daughter, the confirmation conversation centered around faith as a journey. She needed to know that no one has all the answers and that almost everyone has doubts. With my second, conversation focused … Continue reading

Confirmation Tips for Parents Part II: Statements of Faith
Confirmation / Motherhood / Taking the Lessons Home / Youth Ministry

Confirmation Tips for Parents Part II: Statements of Faith

This is the second of a two posts with suggestions for helping your child write their statement of faith at the end of confirmation. I’ve seen several examples of instructions for writing statements of faith. In general, I find them to be either too wordy (with dozens of suggested statements using complex words) or too … Continue reading