Tagged: “family”

Paying Attention

“How can we celebrate Easter when the eggs are put away?” asked a disbelieving child on Sunday when we moved the arrow on the church calendar to the fourth of seven Sundays of Easter. I admit, in that moment doubt about the importance of teaching the church calendar crept in. Does the way the church […]

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Making Meaning: The Lord’s Prayer

On Sunday, we began a study of the Lord’s prayer with the 3-5th and 6-7th grades. This week’s 5 minute faith activity includes a collection of activities to help people of all ages learn and understand the Lord’s Prayer. Read: The Lord’s Prayer is found in the Gospels of Matthew (6:9-13) and Luke (11:2-4). Discuss: […]

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So??? Eastertide Week 1

Christ is Risen! Yesterday we celebrated Easter Sunday with flowers, music, egg hunts and the Good News of the empty tomb. Today it is back to school, work, and “normal.” But does it have to be? The church calendar dedicates seven Sundays to Easter – which always surprises children. This week, you are invited to […]

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Beyond Guilt

Not a week goes by that I don’t see one of the mommy blogger memes in my Facebook feed, urging me to cherish these moments. I appreciate reminders to be aware and attentive, but many of them also come with a hefty side dose of GUILT. Yesterday I told the children that Lent can be a […]

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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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