Building Faith’s 2021 Top Picks for Children’s Ministry Curriculum

Looking for the “best” curriculum for your children’s ministry? There are many options from a variety of publishers and denominations. The right choice depends entirely on your context and goals.

Check out this article from Building Faith at this website.

Building Faith’s Top Picks for Children’s Ministry Curriculum (buildfaith.org)

Making Pentecost Fire Sticks at Home

The Joy of Pentecost
Pentecost falls 50 days after Easter, when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit to the gathered followers of Jesus. “Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven… they saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:2-4).

The symbols of Pentecost, based on the description from Acts, are wind and fire.
Honoring Pentecost in your household helps focus on the gift and the work of the Holy Spirit, which fills us at all times and in all places (not just at church or churchy times). The Holy Spirit is the real presence of Jesus, as he told his disciples: “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever, the Spirit of Truth” (John 14:16-17).

Find the directions for making the fire sticks and scripture for this activity at

https://buildfaith.org/pentecost-fire-sticks/?fbclid=IwAR1JQX8WJTKVGrXG0xmX4XrWrzivmDHo3eI8StwsZVlTlgSbY0CBFB0Q-3Q

40 Day Pentecost Devotional

40 Days With the Holy Spirit (Book for Adults)
If you think that the Holy Spirit’s only “big day” was Pentecost, think again. In 40 Days with the Holy Spirit, Jack Levison artfully and intelligently unpacks the Holy Spirit’s works throughout the entire Bible (and today) in a 40 day devotional format. Adults and church groups alike will be inspired along a journey of knowing the Holy Spirit better. Framing the book are seven verbs that Levison uses for the devotions:
Breathe… Pray … Practice … Learn … Lead … Build … Blossom

Learn more at the buildingfaith.org post – https://buildfaith.org/two-spirit-filled-books-to-ignite-your-pentecost/?fbclid=IwAR2_0_sJjyjtm1IATz3_He_fXerHddboOVd11ZEhEvc7we_0OiizvVNUhk4 

“The Painting Table” in Lent

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Roger Hutchison has been mixing ingredients for years, and watching as the Holy Spirit works through people of all ages to create beautiful art, and more importantly: relationships.

Having published The Painting Table in 2013, Roger continues to offer workshops which bring people together to pray and paint. This Lent, he has led and inspired workshops around the country focusing on art as a way of understanding the “beauty and pain of the life of Jesus Christ.”
Could such an event occur in your church or faith community? Absolutely! Click here for some of the keys to a painting table session.

 

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Celebration

 

Many churches celebrate Shrove Tuesday with a big pancake supper. If your church does not do a pancake supper, or you know some families won’t be able to attend, you can encourage folks to celebrate together at home!

Put together a Shrove Tuesday bag with items needed to make a pancake meal and other items to make it a celebration.

Find the details at the BuildingFaith.org web site – https://buildfaith.org/shrove-tuesday-party-packs/?fbclid=IwAR1ldYFh0qXkfr4jvs0sFuO_zEThST1_uuop8dWyaSjjhM9SgctmdE8QX5E 

Advent Toolkit for Community and Home

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Getting ready for Advent? The Family Faith Formation toolkit has a page full of Advent resources divided into two sections: Advent in Community and Advent at Home!

The Advent in Community section shares videos explaining the meaning of Advent, Advent-themed intergenerational prayer stations and much more.

The Advent at home section provides book suggestions, devotions, and music.

Find the toolkit at https://www.crcna.org/FaithFormation/toolkits/family-faith-formation-toolkit/advent .

Holy Week in a Box

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A Journey through Holy Week
Holy Week in a Box uses simple objects tucked into a small box, along with scripture, to tell the story of Holy Week. Each item in the box is a symbol, representing a piece of the gospel narrative: from Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, through the Last Supper, betrayal, burial, and finally the empty tomb on Easter morning.

Find the details posted at the Building Faith website.

https://www.buildfaith.org/holy-week-in-a-box/

Family Faith Formation Toolkit

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If you’re a ministry leader looking to strengthen family faith formation in your congregation or a parent or caregiver wondering how to build your family’s faith at home, check out the Family Faith Formation toolkit from Faith Formation Ministries.
In this free online toolkit you’ll find:

  • Tips for developing a stronger vision for family ministry in your congregation.
  • Seven family ministry challenges and three family ministry essentials.
  • Dozens of family faith formation resources listed by topic. Each topic includes ideas for Activities and practices to do at church and at home.
  • Recommended books, blog posts, and websites.
    and much more. . . .

To access the toolkit, visit crcna.org/faithformation/toolkits

Four Fresh Ways to Tell the Christmas Story

Between eating dinner, exchanging gifts, and engaging in conversation at the annual Christmas gathering, sometimes our family has forgotten to retell the story that we’ve come together to celebrate. Sound familiar?
At this web site, you’ll find easy, meaningful, and fun ideas for retelling the Christmas story with people of all ages. Start a new tradition by using one with your family this year!

Posted by Kathy DeBoer on the CRC Network at https://network.crcna.org/faith-nurture/four-fresh-ways-tell-christmas-story-family-gatherings