When it comes to faith formation, today's families need more than another thing to do or to attend. They need help breathing.
I work as the Creative Resource Developer for Faith Formation Ministries of the CRCNA from my home in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. Working from home may sound like I work alone, but most days are anything but quiet as I’m participating in video conversations with individuals or groups who are engaged in ministry. Those kinds of interactions are what make the job so energizing!
I’ve been involved in children’s ministry since I was a child myself and I’m so thankful for the ways children have nurtured and continue to nurture my faith. I think it’s that kind of cross-generational faith nurture that led to my interest in intergenerational ministry. I love it when different generations gather in worship, in service, and to learn from and with each other. And studies show how important it is for God’s family to do together!
Over the years I’ve worked as part of a team to shape the children’s ministry curricula Kid Connection and Dwell, published by Faith Alive Resources. I’m also the author of the Home Grown Handbook for Christian Parenting and a contributing author/editor for the family devotionals You're Invited and God's Big Story cards.
My family and I attend The Journey church where you’re most likely to find me sitting on the floor asking wondering questions with a group of 4 year olds.
Looking for ways that your church can support family faith formation as the new school year begins? Read this.
Looking for a simple way to bless the students in your congregation this fall? Read this.
Interested in helping families with children form faith while having fun? Get inspired with this summer bucket list of ideas.
Every resource on the list belongs in your church library, whether that library is a dedicated room or simply a basket in a well-traveled hallway. Additionally, many of these resources belong in the homes of everyone with children in their life.
Baptism provides God’s big family with a beautiful opportunity to say, “Welcome to the family!” to the one being baptized. Use these easily adaptable ideas to help your church do that with arms open wide.
Have you ever ended a family Christmas celebration and realized you’d skipped telling the story you’d gathered to celebrate? Start a new tradition this year by using one of these meaningful and fun intergenerational storytelling ideas.
Looking for ways to surround your kids with more of the biblical Christmas than the commercial one? Here are twelve of them.
Imagine what might happen if you gave people the actual tools they could use to celebrate advent.
The prompts in this daily calendar provide an easy way to practice gratitude while nurturing faith.
These are wonderful ideas, Lesli. Thanks for sharing!
I'm so glad you found it helpful, Roger!posted on: Back to School With a Blessing
Kate Kooyman, this is awesome. Thank you.posted on: Grace Like Rain
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Thank you for sharing what's happening in your church, Natalie. Those are wonderful ideas!posted on: Knock Knock, Communion Calling
Thanks for sharing what you learned at the conference, Ron. Thanks also for the reminder to all of us to brighten our eyes and welcome the teens and young adults in our midst this Christmas,...posted on: 1,000,000 or a Name
I'm going from Faith Formation Ministries and we are hoping we will be able to send at least one other team member as well.
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Thank you for sharing your idea as well as this hope-filled reminder, Shannon.posted on: Hope for Graduates