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/

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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 .

 

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/

Decluttering Your Home, Mind, & Soul

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 Ruth Soukup, author of Unstuffed.

Although it is still a couple of weeks before Christmas, I’m going to share a resource that can help us find balance and order in our lives after the new year has arrived and we find ourselves overwhelmed with stuff.

The 4 session, DVD study titled Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind & Soul could be a start to a better way of life. Ruth Soukup, the presenter, is a blogger, wife, mom, and New York times bestselling author of Living Well, Spending Less.

If you’ve ever wished you could get rid of all the STUFF weighing you down, once and for all? Do you long to find balance and order? Are you unsure of where to even start?

Ruth uses personal stories, biblical truth, and practical action plans to inspire and empower you to finally declutter not only your home but your mind and soul as well.

The DVD includes a free introduction video as well as a printable study guide for groups or individuals. It is designed to be used with the Unstuffed book, sold separately.

The Presbytery of Coastal Carolina’s Resource Center has the DVD study for member churches to borrow. Call 910-862-8300.

Linnae Peterson Shares Thoughts for Parents during Advent & Christmas

Linnae Peterson shares suggestions and ideas for parents to consider during the Advent and Christmas seasons.

Thoughts are shared on the following topics at the link below.

  • Family Traditions
  • Space
  • Christmas Preparations
  • Advent & Anticipating Christmas
  • Christmas Stories
  • Light
  • Living Faith

 

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http://www.linnaepeterson.com/advent-and-christmas.html

 

 

 

A Christmas Pageant for All Generations

Reposted from GenOministries.org article by Liz Perraud at Oct 20, 2016

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Several years ago Carrie, a young mom and “child of our church” brought an idea to our pastor. She wanted to direct a traditional Christmas pageant with a bit of a twist—the cast would be intentionally intergenerational. Prior to coming to our church in middle school, she attended First Presbyterian Church of Cumberland, Maryland where her father was the pastor, now retired. She had great memories of participating in this pageant there and wanted the same for our church and her family. And so began a new every-two-years tradition at Christ Memorial Presbyterian!

As the pageant opens, a young child asks two adults, “Why is this such a season of wonder and excitement?” One of the adults responds, “Because of the coming of God’s love at Christmas; because of the birth of God’s son; because of how people received Jesus Christ into their lives.” And then instead of being told the story of Christ’s birth, the adults say they’ll show the story.

There is narration throughout so no lines to memorize. There is room for any number of sheep, shepherds, and angels with a purposeful invitation to people of all ages. A special song for the kings is included but otherwise, all singing is from the congregation’s hymnal with all participating. How often do we bring the generations together not just to worship, but to lead in worship? 

We (I speak from experience of playing an angel) are able to pull it off with a Saturday morning rehearsal and a lot of prayer and fun! Very few props but plenty of simple costumes! There’s always excitement about which baby will play Jesus and we remember who that young actor/actress was for years.

I hope you will consider this pageant or something similar to involve people of all ages in bringing the story of the birth of Christ to your community this Advent season.

Here’s the script with thanks to Carrie and First Presbyterian Cumberland.

Also, check out GenOn’s “All God’s Children: The Church Family Gathers for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany” for intergenerational events through the season.