Escape Room: Fun for Team Building

Carol WehrheimGames

Perhaps you have seen an Escape Room in your community and wondered what it is. These rooms have become popular for team building. When I heard Angie Olsen, a member of Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, NJ, tell about taking her team from work there, I decided to interview her. Angie: I took my finance team and we went with a colleague who took his internal audit team. We needed more than my team of three. … Read More

Peace Puzzles 

Catherine DevinsEducators Making the Future

The idea for Peace Puzzles was born a few years ago, when Gwen Whiteman and I were on our way home from a regional APCE workshop. As a winding road out of the Blue Ridge Mountains led us home to Raleigh, NC, our conversation turned to resources for children. Gwen lamented the fact that she had searched for 20 years for quality Bible story puzzles to use in teaching. She could find Noah’s Ark with … Read More

The Gospel According to Star Wars

Kevin BurnsPop Culture

Last Fall, in anticipation of the new Star Wars movie, members at Highland Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Kentucky explored the theology of the first six Star Wars movies (after all, we had some big fans!).  The three sessions were conducted largely as discussion classes with the teacher (and curriculum writer, Ruling Elder Kevin Burns) presenting a small amount of information and then opening the floor for discussion. We also used a projector to view snippets of … Read More

Helping Youth and Adults Explore Faith through TV

Mark EdwardsPop Culture

Each January our youth take a hiatus from our normal age-specific Christian education classes. Instead, middle school students, high school students, and adults met together for an all-ages Sunday School class. Following upon last year’s four-part series on Faith in Fantasy (Lord of the Rings, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and Star Wars), we decided to turn our eyes this year to Faith in TV. While the selections for Faith in Fantasy were fairly easy … Read More

Looking Ahead to Pentecost

Priscilla Andre-ColtonLiturgical Year

A Pentecost Party Plan Some years Pentecost falls on the last Sunday of our program year. When it does, we plan a party to celebrate. Everyone is invited—children, youth and adults—to come to our Fellowship Hall to join the celebration during the education hour. We begin with a finger food continental breakfast. Then everyone is invited to join in on one or more of the activity tables. Each table is set with the materials and … Read More