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 .

 

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.