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

Food for All, and All for Fun, by Rev. Denise Bender

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

Engaging Youth in the Ministries and Mission of the Church, by Rev. Debra Juarez

Whether your church is small, medium or large, integrating youth into the overall life of your church grows them into connection and membership in your church and teaches lifelong practices of participation and discipleship. Youth bring the same variety of Spirit-given gifts as all Christians. Inviting youth to share those gifts adds to the vitality … Continue reading Engaging Youth in the Ministries and Mission of the Church, by Rev. Debra Juarez