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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.

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.

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.

How to Write a New Baby Card: 7 Tips

It is a joy to support new parents, but what to write and when? Here are 7 tips for how to write a new baby card, including special circumstances.

New Baby Ministry: Churches Supporting Parents

A new baby ministry that starts in the days after baby comes home from the hospital, with words of welcome from the congregation and reading material and nursery information, helps one church bridge birth, baptism, and nursery.

Easter Sunrise at Home: Building a Family Tradition

An Easter sunrise breakfast is one way families can transmit Christian belief in ways that are authentic to their household.

Palms, Supper, Tomb: A Children’s Service for Holy Week

A family-friendly service walks participants through Jesus’ last days from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday with stories, songs and lots of movement. Older children take on roles that help us imagine ourselves in the scene.

5 Household Rituals for Christmas Eve

What does Christmas Eve look like in the home? Simple rituals like creche blessings, songs, and Bible stories draw our attention to Christ’s birth.

Giving Thanks: A Family Craft

This Thanksgiving, take some time for an easy, intergenerational craft to recognize and record gratitude. This family craft can then adorn your table!

Building Faith Does Thanksgiving: 7 Helpful Posts

From at-home activities, to the history and meaning of Thanksgiving, you are sure to find something helpful: a round-up of Building Faith articles

Children’s Chapel: Best Practices and Resources

In Children’s Chapel, young children have space to celebrate God’s Word – gathering, listening, and responding – in their own way. Resources reviewed by Building Faith help adults create meaningful liturgy for them.

Lectio Divina with Children

Lectio Divina is the ancient practice of praying with Scripture in four steps: reading, meditation, prayer, contemplation. Using a children’s Bible and modified questions, lectio can successfully help children listen to God speak through His Word.

The Sacrament of Back to School

Each fall as children and teens go back to school, parents and teachers feel that sacred tug. Call it a moment of grace; call it a sacrament; delight in it.

Fruits in Due Season: Growing Faith in the Summer Months

Growing food from the earth is much like growing faith. The growing never really ends, and the fruits of the spirit appear.

Prayer Sticks: A Holy Home Activity

Making and using prayer sticks are a simple way to create an intentional and consistent prayer practice in your home.

Meal Prayers for all Occasions

Many families say a prayer – grace – before a shared meal, usually dinner. What about the other times we nourish our bodies?

Blessing Children in the Home

Blessing children is a reminder of what we already know: God is present, children are loved. Parents speaking this truth with a sign is a true blessing.

Grandparents Give the Gift of Faith

Are you a grandparent? What do you like to share with your grandchildren? Do you share your faith with them? Grandparents share time and stories with grandchildren and thus share what is important to them. Includes tips for sharing faith when parents may not be willing to do so.

Maundy Thursday at Home: Stripping the Table

Bring the solemnity of Maundy Thursday home by ‘stripping’ your kitchen table and putting away ornaments and flowers from Thursday through Holy Saturday.

Holy Week in a Box

Holy Week in a Box uses simple objects, tucked into a small box, and scripture, to tell the story of Jesus’ last week.