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Blessings Abound

Like many congregations, we offer backpack blessings at the beginning of each new school year. This year, as I was talking to my pastor about what those would look like, he offered an idea that we could write blessings for each other. The idea quickly evolved from there and we decided to hand out tags on which we would write a word, prayer, blessing, or thought, return them at the offering, then take a new tag on our…

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Be the Light: A Messy Church Preview

One of the things I am most excited about for this year is launching Messy Church into our local community life. I've been following Messy Church.UK for years, but it wasn't until I found myself in this specific congregation and community that I recognized the time to make it happen was now. One of the most difficult things about youth, children, and family ministry is that people want results and they want them now! But this is faith development we're talking…

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Family Fun Night: Dinner & A Movie

For our first Family Fun Night, I thought we'd start as simple as possible, with a movie. I chose Wall-E because I love it, but also because it is packed full of conversation topics for all ages. Feel free to use my discussion guides attached below. An idea for families with really young children Discussion Guides Rep Test A tool created by the Representation Project.

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Faithful Families

  Faithful Families is a thoughtful, practical guide to teaching by doing - to integrating prayer, tradition, Scripture, and ritual into the routines of a normal, busy family. - Rachel Held Evans A few years ago I began a project that I called a 40 Day Sabbath, or A Sabbath Experiment. In this experiment, I spent time reading and studying the history of sabbath, other people's experiments with making the Sabbath a regular part of their lives, and…

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The Creation Story

I am a huge fan of Godly Play. I love the language choices that simplify the story without dumbing it down and leave room for wonder, questions, and imagination. One of the things I've been enjoying lately is re-imagining how the stories can be told in new, engaging ways. The Creation Story is a very easy one to tell with motions. I like the idea of telling the story this way because the listeners can easily join the…

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