Like many parents, I want to increase my understanding of how our family might live into and live out of Lent. Here are four resources we’ll be using this year.
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.
The gift I’m giving my family this Christmas is meaningful, will last all year long, was prepared in a few minutes, and didn’t cost more than the paper on which it was printed.
We are over the moon about these incredible advent ornament ideas. We hope you'll be inspired too!
Looking for an easy, fun, and meaningful Advent devotional for families? Check out Jesse Tree: God's Big Advent Story.
Looking for a way to encourage and equip congregational leaders who are engaged in faith formation ministry? Check out this event.
When it comes to faith formation, today's families need more than another thing to do or to attend. They need help breathing.
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.
I love your idea of story kits! And I love reading the comments with other ideas too. Thank you for asking such a great question.
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Thanks, Bev. Prayer is so important. I will check those resources out!
I'm so glad that you found both the article and the 10 Question Tool for Choosing Children's Ministry Curriculum to be helpful. Thanks so much for letting me know!
...posted on: Every Pastor in the CRC Should Hear This
Your church may find the Building Blocks of Faith to be a simple, helpful tool. You can read more about the concept in this wonderfully accessible article by Bob and Laura Keeley...posted on: Spiritual Growth Survey?
Hi Craig, we've created the black and white version of the God's Big Advent Story ornaments and you're right, they are perfect for coloring. You'll find a link to them above, along with some other...
Craig that's a brilliant idea! Our graphic designer is working on it as I type and we should have that available for you by tomorrow.
Thank you for showing us how to do some out of the box (and into the light) thinking about this, Amy!
Thanks for this powerful reminder of the value of telling faith stories, Mimi. (And wow, that pig really is impressive!)posted on: Can I Share a Story?
We're so glad you like it, LaVonne! Thanks for letting us know. (And we'd love to hear stories about how it's being used so feel free to circle back here after Christmas and tell us how things...
Yay! Thanks for letting us know that this will be helpful for you, Judy. We're so excited about this resource (and that we're able to provide it for free!)
Blessings to you in your ministry...