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
Recently, as I was waiting to be called back for my annual mammogram, I was again intrigued that it’s one of those places where it seems pretty natural and ok to talk to strangers. After all, we’re all there for the same purpose, all a little vulnerable in those hospital gowns, just waiting. I talked … Continue reading If You Can’t Cry Here… by Rev. Nani Arning
Lenten blessings to our friends and followers! I hope your Ash Wednesday was a meaningful start to the season, whether you were snowed in or offering Ashes to Go outside on a sunny day. May you find ways to see the image of God in others more clearly, love God more dearly, and follow Christ … Continue reading Upcoming Events: Ministry Equipping Workshops and Theater & Theology
Friday, February 6, marked the first anniversary of Sacred Stones Ministries' launch and operation as a Colorado nonprofit organization. As we reflect on our first twelve months of finding new ways to equip, empower, and encourage the people of God on the path to spiritual flourishing, Rev. Debra shared this with our team: I was … Continue reading In the Boat All Along, by Rev. Debra Juarez
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
It’s that time of year again: Halloween has come and gone, Christmas commercials have begun, and Christmas music is even playing in the stores. Thanksgiving will soon be here, but so often gets lost amidst the other holiday festivities. That being said, Thanksgiving is a wonderful celebration to help children think of others.
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