Christian Formation

Province V is committed to supporting and strengthening lifelong discipleship and Christian formation within our province, by encouraging dioceses to support formation ministries with funding and commitment; by providing opportunities for sharing and communicating around Christian Education among the dioceses of the province; supporting the development of programs and events to enrich Christian formation; and to build awareness of the actions of General Convention that relate to these ministries.

Here are some resources which we have found particularly helpful

General Formation Resource Pages

Building Faith is an all-purpose blog, resource center and information site for all things formation. Created by Sharon Ely Pearson, the site is now maintained by the Center for Ministry and Teaching. Read articles, get ideas, and find more links here. http://www.buildfaith.org

EpiscoYouth: The website and blog of the Episcopal Church office for youth ministry – look here for reflections on mission and ministry with young people, information about EYE, and more links http://episcoyouth.org

The Center for the Ministry of Teaching, at Virginia Seminary, offers resources for learning and teaching all ages. You can find the out-of-print but free downloads of the Episcopal Children’s and Youth Curriculum, their annual VBS reviews or subscribe to the free Episcopal Teacher newsletter. http://www.vts.edu/cmt

The CMT Key Resources blog, from the Center for the Ministry of Teaching, offers podcasts, resource reviews, videos, and more links to resources. http://www.keyhallonline.org

The Center For Spiritual Resources, from the Diocese of Western North Carolina, is an online clearing house of free resources for all ages, sorted into categories such as “Money and Meaning” and “Spiritual Growth” http://thecsr.org

Engaging in Worship for All Ages & Stages

Worshipping With Children: Carolyn Brown’s blog about engaging children in worship, with ideas geared towards the Revised Common Lectionary. http://worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com

Messy Church is a movement founded in the UK to create church experiences for all ages that bring people closer to Jesus through fun and hands-on experiences. The name is trademarked, so read carefully if you’d like to get involved. http://www.messychurch.org.uk

Faith and Wonder, the blog of a Presbyterian pastor, focuses on Biblical Storytelling, with videos and ideas for getting started in your congregation, and http://faithandwonder.com

Storypath offers reviews of children’s books with ways to connect them to our faith stories, some downloadable lesson plans, as well as linking the lectionary texts with children’s books each week. These ideas can be worked into worship, church school curriculum, sermons and more! http://storypath.upsem.edu

Curriculum Resources

The Curriculum Center, on the Building Faith website, has charts of available curriculum with information about content, format and cost. Thecharts are updated periodically to reflect current information. There are curriculum charts for children, youth, young adult/adult formation as well as confirmation curriculum. http://www.buildfaith.org/resource-room/curriculum-center/

Morehouse Education Resources is the educational arm of Church Publishing, and source for most Episcopal programs including Weaving God’s Promises, Godly Play, Living the Good News, and more. www.morehouseeducation.org

LeaderResources is another Episcopal publishing house, best known for the Journey to Adulthood youth program and the wonderful Narnia VBS programs. They offer a wide variety of resources, including a page of free downloads. http://leaderresources.org

Sparkhouse, an ELCA Lutheran organization, publishes curriculum for children, youth and adults, including the Spark: Animate Faith program for church school and the Re:Form youth curriculum. http://wearesparkhouse.org

Rotation.org is a source for the workshop rotation model of church school, with information about the model and lessons available for download. Some areas of the site require a paid subscription. http://www.rotation.org

ChurchNext is a collection of online courses, some led by big name experts, that can be used by individuals or congregations in their formation. Topics range from The Gospel of Mark with David Lose to Start A Family Devotion Time with Anne Kitch https://www.churchnext.tv

Education For Ministry, or EFM, is a rigorous engagement with the Christian tradition for adults in any vocation who wish to deepen their faith and understanding of our tradition in a small group setting. http://www.sewanee.edu/EFM/

The Thoughtful Christian offers download-able lesson plans and courses for all ages, as well as print curriculum and books. Some downloads are free and many are very inexpensive. http://www.thethoughtfulchristian.com

Episcopal Relief And Development has free curriculum resources on their website for children and youth around issues of global poverty, as well as worship resources. http://www.episcopalrelief.org/church-in-action/christian-formation

Lesson Plans That Work are free lessons published by the Episcopal Church, based on the Revised Common Lectionary. Each week offers a lesson for young children, grade-school children, and adults. http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/lessons/

Virtual Church School is the Anglican Church of Canada’s free online curriculum, based on the Revised Common Lectionary. The lessons are designed with small congregations in mind, and are available in both English and French. http://churchschool.info

Online Devotionals & Podcasts

Pray As You Go podcast from the British Jesuits is a daily guided prayer session intended for use on a smartphone or mp3 player –though you can listen on any computer. The website also offers resources for Ignatian spiritual practices. http://pray-as-you-go.org/about/

d365is an online daily devotional sponsored Passport Camps. Though intended for teenagers, the devotions often speak to adults as well. http://d365.org

Forward Day by Day offers a short reflection on a Scripture verse from the daily lectionary, available online and in print. The website also includes the daily office. http://prayer.forwardmovement.org

The Upper Room is a daily devotional offered by the United Methodist Church, available online or as a printed book (much like Day by Day). http://devotional.upperroom.org

The Divine Hours from Phyllis Tickle automatically update based on the Eastern Time Zone for prayer throughout the day, hosted online by the Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor. http://annarborvineyard.org/tdh/tdh.cfm

Formation Networks & Resource Pages from Other Denominations & Places

Christian Education Network of the ELCA: http://faithfulteaching.org

Christians Engaged in Faith Formation, United Methodist network: http://www.cefumc.org

Education Ministries office of the Presbyterian Church (USA): https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/education/

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