Blessing of the Backpacks

Students in many parts of the country have already gone back to school, but others are still eagerly (or anxiously) preparing. If you want to acknowledge this special time of year for your community, consider having students - and teachers, and anyone else involved in resuming the school year - bring in their backpacks, laptop … Continue reading Blessing of the Backpacks

When Love Looks Like Ashes

When Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day and Easter is April Fools’ Day, you might start to wonder about God’s sense of humor. The conjunction of these sacred and secular holidays got me thinking: is there a hidden truth in this year's calendar? After all, what could be more foolish than resurrection? And what is … Continue reading When Love Looks Like Ashes

Tending the Soil: Practices to Enrich Your Ministry

Sacred Stones Ministries invites clergy and laypeople from Colorado’s eastern plains and surrounding areas to join us for Tending the Soil: Practices to Enrich Your Ministry, on Saturday, August 12, 2017. Burlington United Methodist Church will host a day of worship, workshops, and conversation, starting at 9:30 a.m. and finishing by 3:00 p.m. Four ordained … Continue reading Tending the Soil: Practices to Enrich Your Ministry

New Lenten Curriculum: Experiencing Jesus

Are you looking for a way to invite children deeper into discipleship this year? Our new curriculum, Experiencing Jesus, explores the stories of people who met Jesus through seven weeks of lessons for Lent plus Easter Sunday. By learning about the experiences the biblical characters had of Jesus, young disciples will make connections with their … Continue reading New Lenten Curriculum: Experiencing Jesus

Six Ways Kids Can Change the World – Reblogged from Sacraparental.com

1. Kids can be kind This is the hardest one, and the most important, for my money. Many adults would recognise that it’s easier to be the CEO of a do-gooding international charity than to be consistently kind and loving to your spouse, that socially awkward relative or a difficult staff member. Wouldn’t the world be better if … Continue reading Six Ways Kids Can Change the World – Reblogged from Sacraparental.com

11 Times Jesus Was Totally Badass | by Rev. Kerry Greenhill | Sacred Stones Ministries

11 Times Jesus Was Totally Bad@$$, by Rev. Kerry Greenhill

Fall is a busy season for many churches, and for church consultants! But in the midst of our full schedules, we offer some lighthearted inspiration and encouragement, in the form of a reminder that not only is Jesus fully human and fully divine, he's also totally bad@$$. 1. Turning water into wine. (See Note about miracles … Continue reading 11 Times Jesus Was Totally Bad@$$, by Rev. Kerry Greenhill

Sacred Stones Ministries offers Denver youth their first mission trip | by Rev. Denise Bender | Sacred Stones Ministries, Inc.

Sacred Stones Ministries offers Denver youth their first mission trip, by Rev. Denise Bender

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

Four Simple Questions Your Family Should Ask

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.

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“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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