We are pleased to offer resources for worship, Christian education/faith formation, and other ministries. These works have been carefully designed and developed by members of Sacred Stones Ministries as part of our mission to equip individuals and Christian communities to connect more deeply with God, with each other, and with the world.
We have created separate pages for Advent/Christmas/Epiphany resources and those for Lent/Holy Week/Easter, but all items are linked below. More resources will be added as they are completed. Sign up for our email list to be notified when we post new material to our website. Please note that we cannot issue refunds. Thank you for your support!
Faith Development & Spiritual Formation Resources
- Trip of a Lifetime: A Journey through Advent to Epiphany
- Becoming the Family of God (Advent study for adults)
- Experiencing Jesus: A school-age curriculum for Lent
- From Glory to Glory: Following the Spirit from Epiphany to Transfiguration (UMC worship series)
- World Communion Sunday
- All Saints Sunday: Light Through Stained Glass
- Becoming the Family of God (Advent worship series)
- Prayer for the Longest Night
- Created and Claimed by the God of Love (Affirmation of Faith/Reaffirmation of Baptism)
- God’s Hands Get Dirty: An adaptation of Genesis 2:4-17
- The Way of Discipleship (Lenten Communion Series)
- A Time for Reflection (Lenten Communion Series)
- Things We Thought We Knew (Holy Week)
- A Locked Room and an Empty Tomb (Sunday after Easter)
- Mother’s Day Prayer
Faith Development & Spiritual Formation
A children’s curriculum for Lent
by Rev. Denise Bender and Rev. Nani Arning
Are you looking for a new way to invite children deeper into discipleship this year?
Our new curriculum explores the stories of people who met Jesus through seven weeks of lessons for Lent, through Easter. By learning about the experiences the biblical characters had of Jesus, young disciples will make connections with their own lives as they grow in faith and understanding.
- The disciples experienced Jesus through invitation
- Peter experienced Jesus as strength
- Peter’s mother-in-law experienced Jesus through gratitude for his healing of her illness
- Mary and Martha experienced Jesus as teacher and friend
- The crowds on Palm Sunday experienced Jesus as excitement
- Mary Magdalene experienced Jesus as joy
Each lesson contains opportunities for discussion with children on the biblical story, encourages them to get more comfortable using their Bibles, and also includes craft and game ideas.
All of this – seven weeks of thoughtfully prepared lessons, with background information and supplemental activities, all cohesively designed to engage children in developmentally appropriate ways with the Lenten journey of discipleship – costs just $25.
Download a preview copy: To make sure the series and resources speak to you and your context, check out this free preview version. The file contains the table of contents, welcome and introduction to the series, plus the lesson for Week 1. We trust that if you like it, you’ll purchase the full curriculum below!
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Advent Children’s Curriculum
Trip of a Lifetime:
A Journey through Advent to Epiphany
by Revs. Denise Bender and Nani Arning
The Advent season is full of wonderful sensory experiences for children. Beautiful lights and packages, the smell of fresh cookies and spices, sounds of bells and music, tasting the exquisite flavors of cinnamon or peppermint, and the warmth of a house full of friends and relatives. But how do these sensory experiences help teach the children the story of the baby Jesus – the story of Christmas?
Trip of a Lifetime offers four weeks of Advent teachings, a Christmas Eve Children’s Time, and two more weeks culminating in Epiphany, with encounters that provide learning through senses, discussions, crafts, and activities.
The story begins with Hope, hope that follows the Christmas story from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Week 2 offers insights into Joseph and the Peace of knowing that he was doing what God had guided him to do by being Jesus’ father on earth. Then, during Week 3, the children will experience the Love of Mary, both for her God and for her son. The last week of Advent focuses on Joy: the Joy brought about by a little child born to poor parents who loved him and would nurture him to be the Savior of the world.
Christmas Eve Children’s Time tells the story of Christmas using wooden spoons that you will have directions for making. And the last two weeks of Christmas culminating in Epiphany offer insights into the Shepherds, Angels, and Magi, each of them bringing with them the experiences of who they are in a way children can remember.
Each week’s lesson offers background information and a special prayer for the teacher, a Welcome Station activity, sections on Sharing the Ancient Texts, Remembering the Story through Activity, and a Prayer time for the children.
This six-week curriculum is now available for just $55. Think how easy Sunday school will be when all you have to do to prepare is gather the materials for activities and crafts! If you cannot afford the purchase price, please email us. We want to get resources into the hands of those who need them!
To check out the format and content we’re offering, you can download a preview copy of the first week’s lesson here: 2017 Trip of a Lifetime PREVIEW – Advent through Epiphany
Purchase Trip of a Lifetime Advent Curriculum
This six-week curriculum offers children a sensory-rich journey through the seasons of Advent and Christmas, with Bible stories, crafts, games, and more. It even includes a special children's sermon for Christmas Eve!
Following your purchase through PayPal, we will email the materials to you within one business day. If you do not receive anything from us in that timeframe, please email Kerry@SacredStonesMinistries.org to follow up.
All Saints Sunday
Written by Rev. Kerry Greenhill, developed in collaboration with Rev. Dr. C. Dennis Shaw at Hilltop UMC in Sandy, Utah. Liturgy includes Call to Worship, Invocation, Pastoral Prayer, and Holy Communion. Suggestions for Scripture, imagery and flow of worship, quotations, a wisdom story, and song selection are also included. Download for free, and if you choose to use it in worship, we would welcome a donation of $10 (or whatever you can afford) to support the ongoing work of Sacred Stones Ministries.
Holy Week & Easter:
Things We Thought We Knew
a dramatic reading for Palm/Passion Sunday, by Rev. Kerry Greenhill
Five people who were present for the life and death of Jesus reflect on what he meant to them, from the perspective of the day after his crucifixion. This reader’s theater-style drama is approximately 16 minutes long, and functions well in place of the sermon on Palm/Passion Sunday, or Good Friday.
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Thomas gets a bad rap for doubting the news of Jesus’ resurrection. But rather than a failure of faith, his reaction can be read as his simple desire for the same experience the other disciples had, and as the depth of his grief over Jesus’ death. If you have ever known doubt or heartbreak, and found it difficult to switch gears when good news comes along, you might identify with Thomas.
This 5-minute monologue could replace or augment the Scripture reading, and serve as a jumping-off point for a sermon, on the second Sunday of Easter. Download for free, and if you choose to use it in worship, we would welcome a donation of $10 (or whatever you can afford) to support the ongoing work of Sacred Stones Ministries.
Other Worship Resources:
Celebrated the first Sunday in October each year, World Communion Sunday is an opportunity to proclaim the unity of the global church through sharing in the Eucharist on the same day as Christians in many other nations. Yet the proclamation of unity is always a paradox, since there is so much evidence of conflict, injustice, and suffering in the news each day. Rev. Kerry has written a liturgy that acknowledges the “not-yet” nature of God’s reign, even as we commit ourselves to embodying the “already-begun” work of Christ in the world. Download it for free, and if you choose to use it in worship, we would welcome a donation of $10 (or whatever you can afford) to support the ongoing work of Sacred Stones Ministries.
Some churches choose not to observe Mother’s Day in a significant way because it is a secular holiday, while others embrace it fully in their liturgy and preaching. Whatever your church’s practice, we offer this pastoral prayer in an attempt to honor the full range of experiences of mothering and being mothered. If you choose to use it in worship, or find it valuable in your personal spiritual life, we would welcome a donation of $10 (or whatever you can afford) to support the ongoing work of Sacred Stones Ministries.
Written by Rev. Kerry for Exploration 2015, an event for young adults discerning how they are called to ministry, this affirmation of faith in fresh, modern language is especially suitable for a Remembrance of Baptism or Confirmation service. Download for free, and if you choose to use it in worship, we would welcome a donation of $10 (or whatever you can afford) to support the ongoing work of Sacred Stones Ministries.
Rev. Kerry wrote this adaptation of Genesis 2 for the 2015 session of Rocky Mountain Annual Conference. If you choose to use this reading in worship, we would welcome a donation of $10 (or whatever you can afford) to support the ongoing work of Sacred Stones Ministries.