Today is a special day. My oldest granddaughter turns 10. She is very excited and rightly so. Watching her run out of school and run into my arms for her birthday hug reminded me of the important responsibility we adults have with the children in our lives - and, not only the children related to … Continue reading Double Digits, By Rev. Denise
This story was originally published on RMCUMC.org on September 4, 2015. View the full story and photos. Sacred Stones Ministries, Inc., provided a week of mission from Aug. 10 to 14 for four Denver youth who had not been on a mission trip before primarily due to funding. Adrien Robinson, Jade Beals, and Cameron Steelman … Continue reading Sacred Stones Ministries offers Denver youth their first mission trip, by Rev. Denise Bender
Simple, yet affirming questions to ask your children every day. Don’t have children? Then these questions will also help you process your day and affirm you.
“Highs and Lows!!”
If you eat dinner with the Embree family, no doubt that right after we pray, you’ll hear one of our kids yell this out. It has become part of our dinnertime DNA and something that has led to incredible faith conversations over spaghetti and salad. Some of our most defining moments as a family in terms of discipleship and growth as a family have taken place because of these four questions.
I can’t take credit for them. That goes to Dr. Kara Powell of Fuller Youth Institute. I had the opportunity a few years ago to attend a seminar led by her about Sticky Faith and how to help our kids develop a faith that sticks beyond high school. She shared this dinner time routine at that conference and I immediately thought, “This is easy! This is something we can do!” and so… we did.
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I am typically a very organized person. I write curriculum on Mondays, plan Children's Time on Tuesdays, send curriculum out to the volunteers on Thursdays, gather supplies (which usually means stopping by the Dollar Store) on Fridays, set up on Saturdays, and am ready to teach on Sunday. I would love to take the time to … Continue reading Did you ever have one of those Sundays… by Rev. Denise Bender
It is a chilly, gray, rainy, snowy day in Denver, Colorado on this late Maundy Thursday afternoon. I am contemplating how to present the story of the Passover meal that Jesus and his disciples would share one last time. My thoughts keep going, not to the supper, but to the basin of water that sits … Continue reading A Reflection on Maundy Thursday by Rev. Denise
1. Attend a Worship Service Many faith communities offer worship services that allow for a time of reflection, contemplation, looking back over the last year, and looking ahead to the New Year. The United Methodist tradition has a variety of services: a. Watch Night Owlah Services b. Watch Night Vespers c. Watch Night Vigil To … Continue reading 10 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s with Your Children!
Thanksgiving Week has for many years been one of my favorite weeks. The excitement of being with family and friends as we feast on turkey, potatoes, gravy, pumpkin pie and all the rest on Thanksgiving Day is led into by the way we help others be ready for that same abundant meal. For many years … Continue reading Food for All, and All for Fun, by Rev. Denise Bender
During the recent Harvest Festival at one of my churches, we had the usual chili for lunch, skeleton hands made with disposable gloves (100 for $1.00 at the Dollar Store), bobbing for chocolate donuts, TP mummy wraps, and musical chairs with the top two winners going home with a cake! The only problem was that … Continue reading When There Is No Music, by Rev. Denise Bender
There has been much discussion lately on social media lately regarding maintaining Sunday morning Christian education for children to the exclusion of children in worship. Being the good United Methodist clergy that I am, I can see both sides. One argument goes that when children are in Sunday school classes instead of worship, they don’t … Continue reading Worship or Sunday School… or Both? By Rev. Denise Bender
Rev. Denise Bender It’s a quiet Sunday afternoon, like many I experience. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the family dog lies at my feet under my desk... pretty typical. I reflect on what makes Sunday afternoons so quiet for me – and for many who experience the customary Sunday morning flurry … Continue reading Building the Perfect Man, by Rev. Denise Bender