From the Archives: Living Better, Not Bitter

Debby MaddenFaith Nurture, From the Archives, 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. Debby Madden’s article originally appeared in our Winter 2009 print issue. Looking for 2018 Annual Event workshop and video resources? Check here.   You shall not covet…anything that belongs to your neighbor. (Exodus 20:17 … Read More

Who Will Guide Me?

Lynn JostesFaith Nurture

Few texts in the Bible demonstrate the concept of nurture as clearly as Luke’s story of Philip and the Ethiopian official in Acts 8:26-40. For some it’s a story of conversion, for others an example of evangelism, but for me it’s a classic demonstration of how nurturing faith happens–in candid conversation and honest sharing. Philip wasn’t one of the original twelve disciples, but he was one of the seven original deacons appointed by the disciples … Read More

Why We Need A Village

Timothy SonFaith Nurture

“It takes a village to raise a child.” This proverb originates from the Igbo and Yoruba regions of Nigeria, from villages where people come together to take mutual responsibility for ensuring the safety, education, and well-being of a child.  It’s a saying that also offers a simple but essential truth to education for faith formation.  As most of us recognize, it takes more than one person to teach a child the ways of life and … Read More

Families and Faith

Robert KeeleyFaith Nurture

Some high school and college students from my church were practicing music with me for a worship service. I thanked Hannah, a college student who was home for Christmas, for joining us. She told me that one of the reasons she picked up the violin in school in the first place was because she saw my daughters play violin in church and she wanted to do that too.  Hannah expressed something that is true for … Read More

Takin’ It on the Road

Theresa McDonald-LeeFaith Nurture

Summer camps have long been a part of the traditional matrix of Christian education for the children in Presbyterian churches.  Children would attend Sunday school through the year and head off to a week of camp in the summer, often paid for or as a gift from the church.  Camp was seen as an extension of the work of the local congregation, a partner in providing quality summer ministry to reinforce what children learned throughout … Read More

Neighborhood Connections

Andrew SpidahlFaith Nurture

“The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof…” (KJV) These words from Psalm 24 were echoing in my head as I walked through my neighborhood. My wife and I had just recently taken a position as community connectors, and I wanted to talk with God about how to proceed; I was on a prayer walk of sorts. We knew what a community connector was supposed to do, but we were not sure how to … Read More