Category Archives: Discussions

Talking with Children About Disasters and Tragedies

Many of us are still in a mournful/outraged/contemplative/prayerful mood after the shootings in Connecticut on Saturday.  That’s normal.  It’s how we react.   It’s also normal that the children in our lives are mournful/Outraged/contemplative/prayerful mood.  We will all continue to … Continue reading

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Journey to the Cross

Here we are in the first days of Lent.  During this season, we stand in the shadow of the cross and come face to face with the messiness of our lives. It is our challenge to keep our eyes on … 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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Christmas Pageant Helps

This past weekend was our annual Children’s Christmas Worship and Pageant (You can see some of the pictures over at Our Saviour’s Web Site). This is my third year in charge of this and while some aspects of it have … Continue reading

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And the results are in…

contributed by Pam Zimmer As election day comes to a close, I am preparing for this evening’s meeting of our new youth board. In order to allow youth more say in their programming, a youth board, essentially a student council, … Continue reading

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Children’s Literature Resources

I recently stumbled across a blog by Union Presbyterian Seminary on Children’s Literature. The blog helps to provide a long list of books that can be used in Children’s Ministries (and beyond — Ever think to read a book to … Continue reading

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To Spend or Not to Spend…

contributed by Pam Zimmer As we plan a new calendar year, one of our biggest concerns and thus biggest debates tends to be of a budgetary nature. Our most recent committee meeting exemplified this as we discussed whether or not … Continue reading

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An “Imposter” Faith

A recent CNN article talks about the recently published book “Almost Christian” by Kendra Creasy Dean. The book looks at the changing face of Christianity for teenagers, but perhaps not in the way you might expect. It argues that teenagers … Continue reading

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ARHGLU

This past Friday, our youth group met. We talked about having obedient faith and what God commands Christians to do. Part of this was making a list of the things God asks of us. The things you may expect came … Continue reading

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Postmodern Youth Ministry

I want to share a resource that was suggested to me soon after I began doing youth ministry. The book is Postmodern Youth Ministry by Tony Jones. There are multiple reasons why I like this resource. It is covers a … Continue reading

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