Advent Calendar for Children & Adults

PRAYING IN COLOR 

Sybil Macbeth’s web site Praying in Color, offers Advent calendars suitable for adults and children. The calendar templates at the link below offer a doable, simple discipline for each day of Advent. Instead of opening daily doors with pictures or retrieving small gifts or candies from pockets, these calendars mark the daily journey to Christmas with your prayers and drawings. The finished Advent calendar is a colorful reminder of what was in your head and on your heart each day. It is a record of the daily spiritual journey through Advent.

https://prayingincolor.com/tag/advent

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Creating a Prayer Corner…& Why

I recently discovered a blog post by Susan Forshey, PhD in which she shares the importance of prayer and creating a visual prayer corner. Below is an excerpt from her blog, The Prayer Corner.

“This space could be simply a bible, an icon, a cross, or some other visual call to prayer. Icons have been used for nearly two thousand years as reminders of the spiritual reality behind our everyday lives. I find photos of loved ones make wonderful prayer prompts.
If you have kiddos, let them help decorate it with things meaningful for them.
It could become a place to stop on the way out the door to work, a place to take a break in the midst of the to-do list, or a place to say good-night, recollecting the presence of God throughout the day.
Simple or elaborate, a prayer corner doesn’t add anything to our schedules, it just gives prayer a more visible place in our daily lives. Seeing the corner day after day can gently capture our attention and call our hearts to prayer.
It only takes a moment, and the world is changed”.

Find the complete article at http://contemplativecottage.com/2012/08/05/the-prayer-corner/ .

Rooted in Love – interactive prayer stations

Rev. Theresa Cho designed the spirituality center at the Presbyterian Women’s Conference in Toronto. The theme was “Rooted in Love” from Ephesians 3.16-20. She took each verse from the scripture and connected it to a prayer activity. She also tried to have a variety to compliment those who prefer hands-on prayers, wordy prayers, and crafty prayers.

Thank you, Theresa, for sharing these prayer centers! Find the creative prayer opportunities at her web site – https://theresaecho.com/2017/05/26/rooted-in-love-ephesians-3-16-20/

Things to Know Before Your Christian Educator Job Interview

In an effort to help Church Educators, the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) Advocacy Ministry Team has developed questions for all stages of the Interview process—before meeting with the committee, during the first interview, and things to consider when you are negotiating.

Check it out and add any questions you may discover that were left out of the list.

http://advocateblog.apcenet.org/2017/06/18/what-every-educator-should-know-but-first-you-have-to-ask/

Intergenerational Took Kit

Have you seen this Intergenerational Church toolkit? The contents of this kit have been selected and designed to encourage and equip congregations to cultivate a culture in which faith in God is nurtured and relationships are fostered as all ages learn and grow, serve, and worship together. It is proved through the Faith Formation Ministries of the Christian Reformed Church.

You’ll find…

  1. inspiring videos
  2. foundational books
    3.informative webinars
    4. thought-provoking articles
    5 .easy-to-use assessment tools
    6. practical ideas
    7. outstanding websites
    and more at https://www.crcna.org/faithformation/intergenerational-church-toolkit .

 

The Best in Youth Confirmation in a Nutshell

If you are interested in some of the latest, comprehensive research on youth confirmation, Sharon Ely Pearson has posted a blog sharing what she has gleaned from a recent study. For the past couple of years, the ecumenical Confirmation Project has been studying the aspects of confirmation. Youth, mentors and parents have been interviewed. Practices and programs have been studied.

Sharon’s post includes four dimensions of confirmation: Design, Leadership, Ecology and Curriculum.

Please take a look at what she shares on her Rows of Sharon blog – rowsofsharon.com/2017/05/08/the-best-of-youth-confirmation-in-a-nutshell/#more-2670 .

 

 

7 Ways to Welcome Visitors on Christmas Eve

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Posted by Carolyn Moomaw Chilton on the Building Faith web site.

“There is no better time than Christmas Eve to warmly welcome your church visitors…Invite people, especially new members, to be greeters for this one service.”

At the link below, you’ll find a Church Visitor Checklist for Christmas Eve
Hospitality takes planning for our Christmas Eve services.  Here is a quick and easy check list:

http://www.buildfaith.org/7-ways-welcome-church-visitors-christmas-eve/