Finding Space and Time through Confirmation Retreats

Jacob Sorenson Camp Ministries, Faith Formation

Too often, people think of confirmation as a class. Those in the Reformed traditions seem to have a particular knack of reducing confirmation ministry to a transfer of knowledge. When lessons come after busy school days, it reinforces this notion. If confirmation is a class, it is something we have to complete rather than a lifelong process. It is knowing the right information rather than getting to know the Savior of the world. We don’t … Read More

Mission Camp @ VBS

Kathryn McGregorCamp Ministries

Each summer, our church hosts a large, well-established Vacation Bible School (VBS). The VBS leaders began to notice, however, that participation by fourth- and fifth-graders was decreasing. These children said they felt that they had outgrown VBS. So, five years ago, we experimented with altering the VBS schedule for these older children and offering a longer period of time each day for children to participate in some type of service project. This change was so … Read More

Finding God at Camp

Julie HesterFaith Formation

What is it about getting away from our normal routines and into a camp setting that makes it easier to hear the voice of God? The Advocate will explore that question and others like it over the next few weeks as we share stories of faith formation in camp settings. We’ll hear about a mission camp, a camp focused on faith and sexuality, confirmation camp, a family camp, some reflections about how congregations can connect … Read More

A Prayer Reflection for Easter

Beth Herrinton-HodgeLiturgical Year, Prayer

A Prayer Reflection for Easter They went to the tomb and he was not there. In his place, a mound of discarded clothes and a young man. This wasn’t what they expected. So much in these past days had not been what they expected. A festive arrival in the old city. An angry outburst in the temple. A festive yet somber meal with friends. Lonely prayers in the garden. Betrayal. Arrest. Questions. A trial. A … Read More

From the Archives: THIS IS THE NIGHT! The Great Vigil of Easter

Darlene BergmanFrom the Archives, Liturgical Year

During Lent we will be reposting some excellent articles from our archives aimed at supporting you, the Educator, during this season of reflection, prayer and spiritual renewal. You may find a new idea or two for future Lenten programming, as well. Darlene Bergman’s article originally appeared in our Winter 2007 print issue. Looking for 2018 Annual Event workshop and video resources? Check here. THIS IS THE NIGHT! The Great Vigil of Easter This is the night—the … Read More

From the Archives: Teach Us to Pray

Debra RienstraFrom the Archives, Prayer, Spiritual Practices

During Lent we will be reposting some excellent articles from our archives aimed at supporting you, the Educator, during this season of reflection, prayer and spiritual renewal. You may find a new idea or two for future Lenten programming, as well. Debra Rienstra’s article originally appeared in our Winter 2007 print issue. Looking for 2018 Annual Event workshop and video resources? Check here. Teach Us to Pray: Crafting Prayers and Other Words for Worship Every act … Read More