Resources to help Christians both young and seasoned walk more fully in the way of Jesus
How to Engage Active Kids in Sunday School
How can we engage active kids in learning during Sunday School? While our temptation might be to label a child’s inability to engage in a lesson as a behavioural issue, we must also consider that the lesson likely wasn’t created with active, hands-on learners in mind. Our goal as Christian Educators is to help children encounter Jesus, learn about the life of faith and grow as young disciples. There are fun and interactive ways to do this that will capture the attention and imagination of active children.
Ways to Incorporate the Artistic Gifts of the Congregation into Worship
Music is a common art form used in worship, but what about other forms of art? Chances are there are many artistic talents in your congregation that could be used to glorify God and beautify your church’s sanctuary. There are many easy ways to facilitate participation from congregation members of all ages in sharing their gifts through creative expression.
Ways to Create Vibrant Worship for All Ages
As part of her studies at Virginia Theological Seminary, Sarah Bentley Allred—editor at the faith formation website, Building Faith —had the opportunity to visit congregations practicing intergenerational worship. While most church services are multigenerational (i.e., many generations are present in worship together), intergenerational worship is intentionally designed with the needs of people of diverse ages in mind. Bentley Allred’s visits led her to identify five key traits present in churches that seek to equally value people of all ages in worship.
Returning from the Mountaintop: Listening, Discerning, Equipping
From youth retreats to mission trips to camp and various other mountaintop experiences, the feeling of having been to the mountaintop and back can leave people feeling determined to make changes in their lives, yet many find themselves being sucked back into the same old rut. The Rev. Ian Ross-McDonald, General Secretary of the Life and Mission Agency of the PCC, reflects on the importance of having a strategy for re-entry into daily life so that mountaintop experiences get fully integrated into our faith life.
Children’s Ideas for Lent and Easter
The story of Easter is one of the cornerstones of the Christian faith. Through Christ’s resurrection, we discover that death is not final and that God has prepared for us a future beyond our imagining—a new life beyond death! The Rev. Dr. Emily Bisset describes two unique ways that congregations can teach children (and congregants!) the wonder and excitement of the Easter season.
Peacemaking in Times of Chaos
Ask any teen or young adult how they feel about the world these days and their answers will reflect a mixture of youthful optimism and fearful worry. The realities of our collective issues, such as social conflict, political violence and environmental destruction, combined with personal struggles leads many people to believe that chaos rules life. This issue offers ideas and tools for exploring how to be peacemakers in times of chaos.
Living the Story Through Lent
More than any other season of the church year, Lent and Easter invites us not only to hear the Christian Story, but to live it, and to invite everyone to join this journey of transformation. This issue provides ideas for creative liturgy—worship infused with creativity and imagination—that can be an excellent vehicle for educating worshippers about the power and purpose of Lent and Easter.
Confirmation Programs in The Presbyterian Church in Canada
Many people might be astonished to find pre-teens or teens spending time questioning and learning from church leaders. It is at this age that many youth withdraw from our congregations. Their absence, or at least their smaller numbers, have left many of us wondering what to do about confirmation. This issue focuses on confirmation programs and the resources used and available in the PCC.
The Role of Grandparents and Caring Adults in Faith Formation of Children and Youth
Church researchers and leaders suggest that grandparents and caring adults in our faith communities can play a significant part today in the faith formation of young people. This resource explores that role and how to equip adults for it.
Creating an Innovative Youth Program
Youth ministry is as challenging, multi-faceted and complicated as the times we live in. This resource shares two stories of different, creative approaches to youth ministry by Canadian Presbyterian congregations. Our hope is that it helps you identify and reflect on the youth ministry program(s) in your community and inspire thought on the ways that you and your church might help to strengthen and ensure the sustainability of local youth ministry.