by Rev. Denise Bender The Gospels tell us that Jesus often spoke to and about people who are poor during his earthly life and ministry. Yet for churches in middle-class or higher settings, youth may have little interaction with people living in poverty, and may not realize the many challenges that come with low or … Continue reading A Unique Lesson on Poverty for Youth
At Sunrise Preschool, where I teach music in the weekday program, we’ve just shared our Christmas program, “Christmas In Our Jammies” with family and friends. Included in our weekly class, I shared the Christmas story each week from a different author and illustrator...
By Rev. Denise Bender I always seem to become more aware of the weather in the autumn. I think it is because there is a tendency in Denver to have every season there is in the autumn. One day is sunny and I am watching a strawberry plant in bloom (silly thing), and the next … Continue reading Top 5 Favorite Things About Fall
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 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
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
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
Do you ever wonder if your church is stuck in a rut? Or maybe overlooking some crucial details in how you carry out your mission in the community? Schedule a 10-Hour Tune-Up consultation with Rev. Doug McKinney to start re-energizing mission and ministry in 2017!
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
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