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

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Six Things the Church Can Learn from Comic Con

This weekend I decided at the last minute to attend the final day of Denver Comic Con, an annual convention celebrating comic books, science fiction, fantasy, and other popular culture, produced by the educational non-profit organization, Pop Culture Classroom. I was vaguely familiar with Comic Con from friends’ reports, social media, and pop culture depictions … Continue reading Six Things the Church Can Learn from Comic Con

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

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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10 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s with Your Children!

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!

When There Is No Music, by Rev. Denise Bender

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

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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