Faith at Home

Lent Week 1: Family Activities for Sabbath

Welcome to the first week of Lent, a time of contemplation and spiritual practice to help us get ready for the mystery and joy of Easter. Here at Northbrook UMC, we are focusing on Sabbath as a gift and as a way of connecting with God and each other in an over scheduled world. Discuss: […]

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Turning toward Love: Ash Wednesday

Please note: the 2018 Lenten Devotional is available here. Lent begins this Wednesday, with Valentine’s Day falling on Ash Wednesday. Many people have commented that this seems like a strange combination. But, what if Lent is less about pointing out our flaws with an ashy X and more about finding our potential to LOVE both […]

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Pretzels Before Lent

Lent begins next week, on Wednesday, February 14th. This season of getting ready for Easter is traditionally a serious time of contemplation about how to live as a follower of Jesus. Easter. People commonly associate Lent with giving up chocolate or meat. Others pick up something during Lent, like a prayer time, Sabbath*, reading , […]

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Five Minute Faith: Showing Care for Others

This week’s and next week’s lectionary texts are stories of Jesus healing from the book of Mark, 1:21-28 & 1:29-39.  These passages challenge us to face some of life’s difficult questions. Why aren’t all the people we pray for healed? How do we understand the miracles that Jesus performed? And, what is an “unclean spirit?” […]

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Making Space for Faith at Home

By Christine V Hides, Director of Ministries with Children and Youth Last week we used a Facebook poll to ask where families were finding time and space to practice faith as a family. Not surprisingly, “Finding time is hard” was the most popular answer. Bedtime and at the table were tied for second place. My […]

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Rejoicing in the Water: Five Minute Faith

This week in church, we played in the water, sprinkling and splashing ourselves, joyfully experiencing our beloved-ness, remembering God’s love and grace present through the baptismal covenant. In this week’s activity you are invited to explore the mystery and the significance of baptism together.  Directions: Have each person select an image of water that reminds them […]

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Guiding Star Word: Five Minute Faith

For those who follow the lectionary (yearly schedule of Bible readings), January 6 is both Epiphany and Baptism of the Lord Sunday. At Northbrook UMC, we didn’t want to miss out on either of these celebrations, so we’ll push back Baptism of the Lord to next week, January 13. The Epiphany activity below focuses on […]

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A Blessing for the New Year

On January 6th , the 12th day after Christmas which the Church calls “Epiphany,” we mark the wisepersons’ arrival in Bethlehem to see Jesus. Though the magi are often included in Christmas Eve pageants, Epiphany is an acknowledgement that the magi’s journey would have been far too long to make in one night. The tradition […]

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5 Minute Faith: The Real Christmas Story

Wisemen, shepherds, angels, no room at the inn… we’ve heard the Christmas story many times. But, in the Bible, there isn’t just one story – there are two. One account by the author of Matthew, another account by the author of Luke. Things we have always assumed are a part of the story  – like […]

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Advent Devotion Recommendations

A daily or weekly reading during Advent helps us to focus on the meaning of Christ birth during a busy season. NUMC created an Advent Devotion for all ages that works with the Advent Candles we will make on December 3.  If you are looking for something different, here are a few options I recommend: Picture […]

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