Category Archives: Resources

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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Party in the ELCA

Last week was the ELCA Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza in New Orleans.  It is an annual gathering, “that draws together anywhere from 500-750 adults who work with youth in congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for the premier … Continue reading

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Transfiguration Thaumatrope

Our weekly Sunday School program at Our Saviour is based on the lectionary. Every so often I have trouble finding craft or activities for lessons that are not too complicated, not heavy on supplies and still help the kids to … Continue reading

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Word, Publisher, Websites, oh MY! Creating documents for your ministry.

I often joke about the many hats I wear as a youth worker.  These include teacher, mother, nurse, psychotherapist, musician, chef, fundraiser, and graphic designer.  Having no previous design experience I often feel out of ideas when trying to create … Continue reading

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Lead by a child….

We have these two kids at church.  Their parents have made it a priority for them to be here.  The kids have learned how to be in Sunday School each week, sit through worship when necessary and how to survive … Continue reading

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Opportunity or Dispair: The Landscape of Youth Ministry Training Event

We live in a fluid world, where things are constantly changing in front of us and it’s hard to keep up.  Yet in the midst of it all, some things don’t change, things like faith formation among young people matters, … Continue reading

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40

I can’t remember anymore how I came across this video, but I really love it. Quite simply, it is a video with 40 drawings of Jesus in the Wilderness: Last year I used it for the first youth meeting in … Continue reading

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Youth Ministry in a Digital Age

Julie Hagen and I recently led a workshop for the Koinonia Festival of Workshops about Youth Ministry in a Digital Age. We put together ideas for using social media before you meet, when you meet, and after you meet to … Continue reading

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Cookie Prayers

I did this with our group at Christmas time, but this could be a really fun and easy to prepare activity anytime — especially this week if you decide to talk about Shrove Tuesday traditions. This is adapted from an … Continue reading

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