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

Learning the Lord’s Prayer
Faith Formation (formerly Sunday School) / Intergenerational activites / Prayer / Taking the Lessons Home

Learning the Lord’s Prayer

In Matthew chapter 6 and Luke chapter 11, Jesus instructs the disciples on how to pray what we now call the Lord’s Prayer. This is considered the model for how we all should pray. In this prayer we affirm who God is, ask for forgiveness, request what we need for daily living, and pray for … Continue reading

Learning to Use the Bible Resources (including a new handout)
Faith Formation (formerly Sunday School) / Intergenerational activites / Taking the Lessons Home / The Bible / Uncategorized

Learning to Use the Bible Resources (including a new handout)

“I don’t know the Bible well enough” is he most common hesitation I hear when I invite adults to lead our faith formation classes. Many people are curious, yet not confident, about the Bible. Every Sunday I look forward to hearing people’s questions. Just this past week, one kindergartner asked, “Is it fiction or nonfiction?’ … Continue reading