Telling Our Stories in Worship

Carol WehrheimTelling Our Stories

“I was driving on a very, very, snowy, icy, visibility-zero highway.” With these words, the congregation quieted waited for the next line. A congregational member was telling the story, the testimony, of another member, anonymous to the teller and the congregation. For two years, the congregation of Nassau Presbyterian Church heard these stories in the worship service. The stories were rich with meaning and filled with faith. They brought tears and laughter. Listening, we marveled … Read More

Illustrated Children’s Ministry

Adam Walker CleavelandEducators Making the Future

I have a confession to make. I never really liked children’s ministry. And I hated children’s sermons. Now, as the founder of Illustrated Children’s Ministry, that sounds a little odd. But let me explain. First of all, when I say I hated children’s sermons, I should clarify that I hated the way they were usually  done in churches I served and visited. So often the children’s sermon or children’s moment or Moment for the Young … Read More

The Educator as Artist: Transforming the Worship/Learning Environment 

Carmel TinnesThe Artist as Educator

Designing education or worship is an opportunity to bring together many elements and create a gestalt where each included element adds a layer of meaning and builds something not otherwise included, making the result greater than the sum of its parts. The content of education or worship is important, but that is only the beginning! Once content is determined, an education or worship event is built by exploring the following elements: space, color, image and … Read More

Art: the Act of Creation and Invitation 

Theresa ChoThe Artist as Educator

For many of us, considering the use of art in worship and in ministry can illicit two emotions. We may feel inadequate or incompetent to produce good art. We may also imagine art in worship and in ministry to be like a craft store blowing up in our sanctuary space. However, art is merely the act of creation and invitation. As artists, we are mediators between what is and what could be. Art is a … Read More

Connecting Worship and Learning: Faith Development on Two Fronts

Carol WehrheimLiturgical Year

The Kim family arrived in the sanctuary just as the Call to Worship began. The girls in first and fourth grades sat with their parents until the storyteller called children forward for the Bible story that would be the focus of their Sunday school lesson. Mom knew what it was because she explored it with other parents while the girls were in choir rehearsal on Wednesday. Then they would, as one parent said, “Have a … Read More

Stumbling Into Streaming 

Craig FosterMinistry in a Digital Age

“Now that we have a camera in the sanctuary, what’s the cheapest and easiest way we can get our services online?”  That simple question from our pastor started our venture into livestreaming our worship services over seven years ago. We had just launched a new worship service in our fellowship hall, and we installed a camera on the front of the balcony so that all would hear the same scriptures and sermon, regardless of which … Read More