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Faith Formation Approaches for Mature Adults

This is the final post about ministry for mature adults inspired by the Seasons of Adult Faith Formation book, symposium, and special issue of Lifelong Faith Journal. Intergenerational ministry is crucial for all ages, but especially with those 55 to 75. “People who age well often have growing relationships with younger people and are involved … Continue reading

Breaking bread together differently
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Breaking bread together differently

Gravatt Camp and Conference Center is an Episcopal camp and retreat center located in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina. Like many diocesan camps and retreat centers, it’s a place where communities are created and God is experienced. A lot of that happens around the dinner table. For as long as most people can remember, … Continue reading

Actually, they DO get something out of it
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Actually, they DO get something out of it

More than a year ago, I wrote a blog post about Libby Lane’s consecration as the first woman bishop in England. I realized how important this was to me, because a parishioner had sent me a video of her daughter playing “Pastor Kit” and baptizing a baby doll. Without Bishop Lane or my presence, she … Continue reading

A reflection on the Missional Voices conference
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A reflection on the Missional Voices conference

This past weekend, the inaugural Missional Voices Conference gathering took place on the campus of Virginia Theological Seminary. A group of us seminarians spent that past nine months asking the question, “What would it be like if there was a place where the entrepreneurial, innovative, and creative voices in the Episcopal Church could gather together … Continue reading

Creation care curriculum free today, includes badges
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Creation care curriculum free today, includes badges

We have two brief and exciting announcements for you today, both related to our friend and colleague Cindy Coe’s work as an Episcopal Church Justice & Advocacy Fellow. (1) Cindy has just published a book (Earth Our Garden Home) and youth curriculum (Wild Faith) on creation care. With Earth Day and summer programs just around the … Continue reading

Midlife Adults: Engaging the midlife crisis
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Midlife Adults: Engaging the midlife crisis

This post by Jim Merhaut is part of a series inspired by the Seasons of Adult Faith Formation book, symposium, and issue of Lifelong Faith Journal. You can read the whole issue here. The midlife crisis is an opportune moment for churches to intervene in the lives of midlife adults to provide helpful and relevant faith formation opportunities and resources that … Continue reading

Faith Formation Practices for Mature Adults
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Faith Formation Practices for Mature Adults

This is the third of four posts about ministry for mature adults inspired by the Seasons of Adult Faith Formation book, symposium, and special issue of Lifelong Faith Journal. Whatever the topic or theme or program or resource that a congregation offers mature adults we should always try to offer it virtually as well as … Continue reading

Midlife Adults: Building trust
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Midlife Adults: Building trust

This post by Jim Merhaut is part of a series inspired by the Seasons of Adult Faith Formation book, symposium, and issue of Lifelong Faith Journal. You can read the whole issue here. Building trust is a key to success with Generation X. They will not be loyal to you because of the office you hold. You will have to earn … Continue reading

Faith Formation Themes for Mature Adults
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Faith Formation Themes for Mature Adults

This is the second of four posts about ministry for mature adults inspired by the Seasons of Adult Faith Formation book, symposium, and special issue of Lifelong Faith Journal. Gary McIntosh describes the Baby Boomer generation as educated, media-oriented, independent, cause-oriented, fitness conscious, activists, quality conscious, and questioning of authority. (McIntosh, G. L. “Trends and … Continue reading

Discover Jesus with the Surprise! VBS
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Discover Jesus with the Surprise! VBS

Surprise! Stories of Discovering Jesus MennoMedia mennomedia.org Cost: $164.99 Surprise! Is a straight-forward, well-designed VBS program with age-appropriate, Bible-based activities. The activities and program elements are clearly explained, adaptable, and well organized, but will require considerable preparation in selecting specific activities and assembling supplies. The main program is for children kindergarten through 5th grade. Website … Continue reading

Catching God’s Love with Surf Shack VBS
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Catching God’s Love with Surf Shack VBS

Surf Shack: Catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love Cokesbury http://2016.cokesburyvbs.com Cost: $159.99 Surf Shack:Catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love is a VBS program that combines a colorful surf/beach theme with a solid theological background that emphasizes love, grace and God’s continuous presence. The Bible stories, the central part of Surf Shack, help students … Continue reading

Tour the World with a Global Ministries VBS
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Tour the World with a Global Ministries VBS

  Kids to Kids Journey to Congo VBS available here Journey to Colombia VBS available here Journey to India VBS available here Global Ministries (United Church of Christ and the Christian Church – Disciples of Christ) http://www.globalministries.org/resources_youth_and_children Cost: Free download We discovered the three Global Ministries curricula – Journey to Congo, Journey to Colombia, and … Continue reading