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

"No Admittance: Please Use Other Door" - Five Ways Churches Make Visitors Feel Unwelcome | Sacred Stones Ministries | Revs. Denise Bender & Kerry Greenhill

Five Ways Your Church May Be Making Visitors Feel Unwelcome – and How to Fix Them, by Revs. Denise Bender and Kerry Greenhill

Earlier this month I (Denise) was visiting my parents back in my hometown. I haven’t lived there for a very long time, and rarely am I there over a Sunday because of my clergy duties back home. But on this visit I happened to be there on a Sunday. After searching the internet for local … Continue reading Five Ways Your Church May Be Making Visitors Feel Unwelcome – and How to Fix Them, by Revs. Denise Bender and Kerry Greenhill

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Did you ever have one of those Sundays… by Rev. Denise Bender

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

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Mother’s Day Prayer, by Rev. Kerry Greenhill

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, I offer this pastoral prayer in an attempt to honor the full range of experiences of mothering and being mothered. If you choose … Continue reading Mother’s Day Prayer, by Rev. Kerry Greenhill

Five Tips for a More Meaningful Holy Week, by Rev. Kerry Greenhill

As we journey through Lent and prepare for the high holy days from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday, we here at Sacred Stones Ministries want to help you make the most of a season that can be a “thin place” between the earthly realm and the in-breaking realm of God. So as part of our … Continue reading Five Tips for a More Meaningful Holy Week, by Rev. Kerry Greenhill

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New Life in Community as We Celebrate the Easter Season

Yesterday was the Easter Eggstravaganza at Bethany UMC, an annual Easter egg hunt that has been a tradition at many churches. The Eggstravaganza also saw the continuation of another annual tradition (or so it seems) - a snowstorm! Not surprising for spring in Denver. The children were very excited all morning and barely made it … Continue reading New Life in Community as We Celebrate the Easter Season