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

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

Food for All, and All for Fun, by Rev. Denise Bender

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

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Worship or Sunday School… or Both? 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

Engaging Youth in the Ministries and Mission of the Church, by Rev. Debra Juarez

Whether your church is small, medium or large, integrating youth into the overall life of your church grows them into connection and membership in your church and teaches lifelong practices of participation and discipleship. Youth bring the same variety of Spirit-given gifts as all Christians. Inviting youth to share those gifts adds to the vitality … Continue reading Engaging Youth in the Ministries and Mission of the Church, by Rev. Debra Juarez