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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.

St. Patrick’s Prayer for the Faithful

“May the hand of God protect us. May the way of God direct us. May the shield of God defend us.”

On Ash Wednesday: A Word from St. Francis

“Inwardly cleansed, interiorly enlightened, and inflamed by the fire of the Holy Spirit, may we be able to follow in the footprints of Your beloved Son.”

Daily Thoughts & Practices for a Glorious Lent

A series of thoughts/practices/prompts, one for each day of Lent. It’s a beautiful balance of the divine and ordinary; the sublime and the every-day.

Activity for Lent: Lord’s Prayer Tracing Cross

An activity for all ages, the Lords Prayer Tracing Cross is visual and tactile way to deepen prayer experience. Try it this Lent at church or home.

New Lenten Study: 5 Marks of Love

If we are ‘marked as Christ’s own,’ what are the ‘marks of love’ that characterize the Divine Life abiding and at work within us? The Brothers of SSJE’s Lenten workbook for 2017.

Church Idea: Social Media Prayer of the Week

Social media prayer are simple enough to do daily, with the goal to encourage individuals and families to pray; and to equip them with practical knowledge.

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.

#AdventWord: Daily Inspiration for Advent

Adventword is a global, visual daily prayer that everyone can participate in. Daily emails include a new adventword and a short devotional. Respond with your own image on social media.

Building Faith Does Advent: 9 Helpful Posts

A collection of Building Faith’s Advent posts, including activities for the congregation, the classroom, and the home, from wreaths to calendars to prayers. Advent is a season of preparation and anticipation, these posts aim to help.

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

Advent and Christmas Resources (Church Publishing)

Books for adults and children help us prepare for Advent and Christmas, at home and in worship.

Advent and Christmas Resources (Paraclete Press)

With a multitude of options, you are sure to find something for individuals, households, or congregations. Here’s to Advent and Christmas 2016.

Advent Books and Resources (Forward Movement)

Forward Movement offers resources for the 2016 season of Advent: books for individuals and families for daily devotion and preparation.

DVD Review: Kids and Prayer

A new DVD for elementary-age students that teaches children an overall concept of Christian prayer in a fun and engaging way.

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.

Nourishing Stories: A Collaborative Art Project with Teens

Collaborative art projects fully engage teens. Experiential projects allow all styles of learners to shine, as different aspects require different skills.

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.