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...
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
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
Sometimes celebrated as the "birthday of the church," Pentecost (May 24, 2015) is a wonderful Sunday to invoke the Holy Spirit. Images of flames, doves, and wind can help those in worship visualize the divine and enliven the imagination. The more you can engage multiple senses (sight, sound, touch, taste, smell) and people's bodies through … Continue reading Pentecost Liturgy
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
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
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
Friends and colleagues keep asking how Sacred Stones is doing, and I am always pleased to tell them how much interest people are expressing in our model of shared and supportive ministries. In fact, the response has been so positive that I (Kerry) have not had time to stay current on communicating all our news! … Continue reading Exciting Updates on Sacred Stones Ministries!
Rev. Denise Bender It’s a quiet Sunday afternoon, like many I experience. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the family dog lies at my feet under my desk... pretty typical. I reflect on what makes Sunday afternoons so quiet for me – and for many who experience the customary Sunday morning flurry … Continue reading Building the Perfect Man, by Rev. Denise Bender