Posts Tagged ‘family ministry’

The 99¢ Advent Wreath

With a handful of items, you or our church can make a small Advent wreath, perfect for a bedside table or desk. Truly an object of devotion for the season.

Easter Symbols – What do Bunnies, Eggs, and Bonnets have to do with Jesus?

Our Christian faith is rich in symbolism, both ancient and modern. Easter, after our period of study and repentance, offers us every opportunity to share the Love of God in Jesus Christ and to share our joy that He is risen indeed!

*Chocolate bunnies, meanwhile, don’t have much to teach us about Christianity. They are good to eat, and always the first to go from my Easter basket, starting with the ears!

A Christmas Pageant Moment of Grace

On Christmas Eve, we, the esteemed actors, gathered in the narthex dressed up in our bedsheets and other bits of hodge-podge costume, complete with Baby Joe in his peppermint-stripped Christmas suit — a kooky-looking bunch.

A Bible Study for Mothers – and Babies!

I’d learned that what I thought the moms wanted was probably not what they wanted at all. And what they wanted was changing as their children grew.

Bless This Child

Individuals and families come together through the waters of baptism to form a new family – a family of God to support, strengthen, and encourage each other on the journey. A journey that allows for the opening up to the fullness of the gifts given and ultimately leads towards an ever transfiguring likeness of the Risen Christ.

Advent for Everyone – Intergenerational Ministry at St. Barnabas

Something for everyone. Nourishment for spirits of all ages. Perhaps not the quiet and contemplative Advent event I thought I should offer (and, subsequently, that they should want), but what they actually need, want, and will appreciate.

A Theology of Difference and Disability

They help us wrestle with a culture of forgiveness. Can you forgive me for my not understanding where you’re really coming from and for not seeing your strengths? Can you forgive me for projecting my own fears onto you, and saying the wrong things? Can I forgive you for the fear you bring up in me?

This is confidential, but . . .

I heard the same stories from across a great chasm of different understandings. I heard broiling anger and mistrust from both sides of a relationship I’d always admired. I saw where each party’s words and actions left gaping wounds to the other’s psyche.

Get Ready! Get Ready! Get Ready for the Baby!

It is never too early to get ready for Advent and Christmas –the Christmas decorations will be in the stores the day after Halloween. I have been doing a lot of thinking about how we can help our families “prepare a home where such a mighty guest may come.”

Promoting Discipleship: A Vow to Be Clear

As religious educators, we often bemoan the lack of commitment made to faith practices among those we wish were more faithful. But how often do we make clear exactly what we believe is critical for parents to do in order to raise children in the Christian faith?

The New Parent: Grandparents

Seven million grandparents are living with a grandchild and roughly 39% of them serve as their primary caregiver.

Moment to Moment: All “For Jesus”

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.

Planning Rites of Passage

From day to day, from age to age, throughout our lives in this world and the next, you show yourself to be eternal Love, giver and sustainer of all goodness and joy; and so, with all the saints of every generation who are ancient in faith and young in hope, we join to sing your praise.

Welcoming Young Families

This message is communicated in a variety of ways and included hurtful comments, eye rolling, sighs of impatience and a general attitude of impatience and annoyance directed towards the lively chatter of young children. The stories break my heart.

Worshiping with Children

When God’s people gather for worship we include a wide variety of individuals who share a basic and deep need to be there. We all need to feel loved and wanted and accepted as one of God’s children which we are. We need to hear God’s Word proclaimed and to pray and sing with others. But, we also have some very different needs.

Passing on the Faith

I am convinced that the most important component of the spiritual development of children is their interaction with adults who are willing to share their stories, questions, and journeys of faith.

Kids and Compline


Compline is the monastic service traditionally read just before sleep. Compline offers kids structured scripture and prayer perfect for the end of the day.

Flat Jesus

He arrived in a plain brown envelope, with an evangelical message stuck to the front: “Do not bend. Flat Jesus enclosed.”

Take a Seat – Make a Friend

Did you know that these can build community? Did you know that these can set the scene for a theological reflection? A moment of transformation? An opportunity for evangelism?

Just Reading the Bible

When we stopped homeschooling after the primary years, and the boys went to grade school, finding time to read the Bible in the morning was a lot more challenging. There was no peaceful time when everyone was together in the same room. I ended up settling into a pattern of reading to them as they ate breakfast.