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Prayers for Peace – Plus Books and Resources

Peace building takes work! Children’s books, congregational resources, and even a podcast on ways large and small to build peace in everyday life.

Pathways to the Waters of Grace: A New Book on Baptism Preparation

This new book asks key questions about how the church views Baptism, and how churches can prepare parents and deepen faith.

I’m a Church Greeter… And an Evangelist!

Summer is high season for visiting. Guests are looking to see if your church will be a good fit; greeters are the first people they meet!

Do You Pray for Your Children? How to Start

What matters most is that your prayer is authentic, spoken from the hopes and fears of your heart. God knows you and delights in your voice.

Success Story: Car Blessings in the Church Lot!

In Epiphany, fifth graders’ car blessings encouraging people to ‘follow the light’ were placed on windshields during those cloudy, dark winter days.

Rhythms of Grace: How One Church Feeds Special Needs

Rhythms of Grace is relatively simple, affordable, and adaptive and can be effectively used to bring the Gospel to people not currently being served. Designed for those on the Autism spectrum, it is also very welcoming to individuals with other diagnoses like Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, ADHD, Down Syndrome, and neuro-typical children with ordinary wiggly squigglies, as well as youth and adults.

The Lasting Impact of Christian Summer Camp

Research shows there is something deeply significant and deeply theological happening at Christian camps across the country. Long-term impact

Building Faith Does Mission Trips: 5 Helpful Posts

Five posts on mission trips to make the most of your time away. Included are many ideas for connecting those on the trip with those who remain at home.

Jump Start Your Ministry with Practical Resources for Churches

If you have enjoyed our recent Building Faith webinars, then you will love the webinars provided by Practical Resources for Churches. Free to access!

6 Ways to Build Relationships in Youth Ministry

Relationships continue to be at the heart of fruitful ministry, especially with teenagers. Here are practical ideas for reaching out to youth.

Building Faith Does Pentecost: 9 Helpful Posts

Christians around the world celebrate Pentecost, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Jesus’ disciples. Ideas for joyful celebrations in church or at home!

Webinar “Holy Communion: Teaching and Learning”

Join us for a free webinar. Our expert panelists will discuss big picture thinking and practical ideas for teach Holy Communion with all ages.

5 Tips for Engaging Young Families at Church

There is no magic formula to engaging families, but these tips and resources will help you start small, consider your context, and move forward.

A Curriculum that Forms and Supports Teachers: The Episcopal Children’s Curriculum

Through its lesson plans and supplemental materials, the Episcopal Children’s Curriculum forms and supports teachers as well as children.

Bits and Pieces: How We Use the Episcopal Children’s Curriculum

How to use the Episcopal Children’s Curriculum in pieces and as a whole to offer the very best Christian Formation lessons and materials available.

Navigating the Episcopal Children’s Curriculum Online

The entire Episcopal Children’s Curriculum is archived online. We’ll walk you through what the curriculum looks like and how to locate the pieces.

Why We Chose the Episcopal Children’s Curriculum

Episcopal Children’s Curriculum provides a solid foundation for kids, parents & teachers. ECC is easy to implement and adapts well to current-day use.

Confirmation: Hope for a Lost Sacrament?

When young people feel seen and heard, their faith readiness becomes apparent. Valued, confirmands become engaged in authentic community where deep examination of belief and practice matter. Such a dynamic climate sustains a confirmation program, strengthens the host congregation, and retains youth after they are confirmed. The data shows that teenagers are already motivated to participate.

Choosing a New Curriculum? Read This First!

  “Take a step back to look at the church as a whole, its strengths and weaknesses, its character or ethos, its beliefs and faith identity, among other factors.”     Matching Resources to Church Identity Every year the Center for the Ministry of Teaching (CMT) gets phone calls and emails from alumni, clergy, and […]

Church Welcome Bags for Children

Developing welcome bags and strategies show that the congregation is delighted that all members of a visiting family have attended. Our pastor often says in his welcome to visitors “We’ve been expecting you” – and with these actions, we show that we have been preparing that welcome.