I wanted to share something my parish is doing that is breathing a lot of life into our adult formation. It is easy to do, and the congregation is loving it. Also, in terms of planning, I am not having to create new and topics every week. It is based in Bible reading, but has some advantages over the Bible in a Year challenge.
Posts Tagged ‘adults’
The Painting Table is a book by Roger Hutchison, which has inspired workshops during Lent and other seasons. Here he describes how he used his practice of painting with the spirit and your fingers to create a Lenten series.
Tina Clark is the Family Minister at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Denver, CO. This article is based on a sermon which was written and delivered with help from the children and youth of St. Barnabas. “So listen. Close your eyes and listen now. Hear the sound of your name, spoken in love, […]
Home baked bread has been part of my life ever since I can remember. On Sundays my mother would take out the Joy of Cooking, turn to page 603, and begin gathering the ingredients. By evening our family was gathered around the kitchen table for warm bread topped with melting butter. I use that same […]
As he continued to speak, it was quite apparent that refraining from self-harming behavior wasn’t just an act of will. He had learned to will himself out of doing that years ago. This thought, this conviction, was much deeper than an act of will. It was an understanding of who he is. It was an acceptance of his wholeness.
Seven million grandparents are living with a grandchild and roughly 39% of them serve as their primary caregiver.
We may not be able to describe scientifically what happens to children who attend church Sunday after Sunday, but I believe something deeply and profoundly formational happens.
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Freedom. There is a sense of freedom at the beach. People don’t seem particularly concerned about what they are wearing or how they look. Aware that there is not much that can be hidden in a bathing suit, it is as if people say, “Here I am. This is me. I can’t hide much if anything while dressed like this.”
All three of our sons will be in high school this fall, so it is a natural time to review their childhoods. Our twins are finishing up eighth grade, saying goodbye to friends who will go to different high schools; and our older son, soon to be a junior, is a few days away from driving.
Whether gathering with children, youth, or adults sometimes you just need an ice-breaker to get folks warmed up, moving, or engaged with each other.
Xers, brought up in a commercial-saturated culture where everyone is selling something will always be asking, “What’s the hidden agenda? What’s in it for the one telling me this? What is this really about?”
New research links certain early, nurturing parenting practices—the kind common in foraging hunter-gatherer societies—to specific, healthy emotional outcomes in adulthood, and has many experts rethinking some of our modern, cultural child-rearing “norms.”
We’re incredibly child-centered, yet I fear we don’t set the expectation that our children assimilate themselves into their larger community. That they adjust themselves to accommodate others; place others’ needs consistently before their own.
The need for other people to believe as one believes, and the fear of those whose beliefs differ, are powerful impulses. They have led to the redrawing of boundaries of communities and nations, to murder, and to religious wars.
Imagine that instead of coming to church, listening to a sermon for [insert your churches sermon length] ending with a few questions which no one talks about (except maybe a brief mention over coffee), the congregation listened to the sermon before coming (it could even be a famous preachers sermon or the pastor could record one).