Monthly Archives: October 2011

Confirmation Gifts

Every year, somewhere between Labor day and Reformation day, we struggle with what to give our youth for confirmation.  We really value this practice because it lets them know that the church is proud of them for taking this step … Continue reading

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How Transparent is Your Church?

I recently saw this quick blurb on a news service I follow: Well, it’s a church with a steeple, but you don’t need to open the doors to see all the people. Two Belgian architects have created an amazing steel-framed … Continue reading

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Baptism

Every Church approaches the sacrament of Baptism in a different way. A few years ago, I overhauled the program here at St. John’s. I wanted to support families that their choice to have a child baptized was more than dumping … Continue reading

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Change of Heart

Here’s an easy activity for kids. It can fit with this weekend’s Gospel (Matthew 22:34-46) or can easily slip into a variety of lessons. To prepare it, for each child you will need: white paper with a large heart printed … Continue reading

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Miss Representation

Have you seen this?  It is currently being shared among several of my friends on Facebook.  Take a look… What are your reactions? I have an amazing group of girls in my youth group who are leaders among their friends, … Continue reading

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Overheard…

I recently overheard a girl (I would guess around 7) and her father talking as I walked down the street. This is what they said: Daughter: “Daddy, Let’s say you have a house and I have an apartment…” Father: (With … Continue reading

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Defining our Terms

Along the same lines as a recent post from Abby, I had two somewhat striking moments this past weekend. First, during our confirmation class I asked how many of them have heard the word theology. They hesitated until I said … Continue reading

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