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SIX-MINUTE STUDY #102


SIX-MINUTE STUDY #102

   St. Patrick’s Day is March 17. This is a day our secular society has embraced in a variety of ways, whether it be wearing green, decorating and consuming Shamrock-coloured beer. As a saint with ancient roots in Ireland, how can our congregations engage in celebrating and honouring this colourful Christian figure? Are there fun, educational and missional opportunities to explore with the wider community? Here are a variety of links to help with planning: 

For All the Saints - Missionary Bishop in Ireland, 461 — Memorial, page 110

https://c2892002f453b41e8581-48246336d122ce2b0bccb7a98e224e96.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.com/ForAlltheSaints.pdf

Building Faith – Virginia Theological Seminary (Anglican) – St. Patrick, Building Faith the Celtic Way, Craft

https://www.buildfaith.org/patrick-of-ireland-march-17th/

https://www.buildfaith.org/building-faith-the-celtic-way/

https://www.buildfaith.org/shamrocks/

Ministry to Children – St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

https://ministry-to-children.com/ideas-saint-patricks-day/

Faith and Worship (Methodist) - The Influence of the Celtic Church

http://www.faithandworship.com/Celtic_Christianity.htm

Patrick of Ireland - Society of Archbishop Justus

http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bio/124.html

United Methodist Church – Discipleship Ministries – St. Patrick’s Page

https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/st.-patricks-day-and-celtic-christian-resources

Churchyear.net  - St. Patrick’s background info

http://www.churchyear.net/stpatrick.html

ST PATRICK: THE MISSIONAL LEADER - An interesting article by Jonathon K Dodson

http://jonathandodson.org/2010/03/st-patrick-the-missional-leader/


SIX-MINUTE STUDY #101

Ready. Set. Go! A new round of Council meetings begins as parishes wrap up annual meetings.  There are a few fresh faces around the table and much potential in the agenda for the year ahead.  You have ministry dreams and require a few good men, women and youth. Read these articles about how to encourage greater congregational participation. 

4 Ways to Engage Busy People by Doug Powe 

https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/4-ways-engage-busy-people/

10 Strategies for Recruiting Church Workers by Chuck Lawless

http://thomrainer.com/2014/10/10-strategies-recruiting-church-volunteers/


SIX-MINUTE STUDY #100

   LENT begins Feb. 14. Whether you are part of a worship planning team, ACW, Men’s Breakfast, a small group leader or hosting a community all-ages event, here are some fresh ideas to consider. Amongst the links are instructions for things like:

Pancake Supper printable placemats (explains the Christian meaning of Shrove Tuesday = missional)

https://www.buildfaith.org/pancake-supper-survival-guide-btdt/

Living Well Through Lent 2018: Loving With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind, A Living Compass Seasonal Resource – A scripture study/devotional available. Review a free SAMPLE of the first week.

https://www.livingcompass.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Lent-2018-English-Preview.pdf

Available at a very reasonable price (downloadable) from Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Living-Well-Through-Lent-2018-ebook/dp/B078B5HW9C

#LiveLent 2018 – a daily devotional from The Church of England

https://www.churchofengland.org/lent

Psalms Colouring Posters & Pages (from Illustrated Childrens Ministry)

https://www.illustratedchildrensministry.com/products/2018-lenten-resources/

Anglicans Online | Resources for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter

http://anglicansonline.org/special/lent.html

Lent, Holy Week & Easter Resources - Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada worship website

http://www.worship.ca/resource/lent-holy-week-and-easter-resources/


SIX-MINUTE STUDY #99

   Church councils and committees provide essential oversight and planning for the faith community. The role on these leadership teams is more important than ever! Opportunities for exploring new ways to connect people to faith, genuine Christian community and loving service have never been more needed in our communities. As we strive to be more missional in our congregations, we sense a fresh calling to approach ministry in exciting ways – using our unique gifts and interests to reach the world God loves. Read this article by The Rev. Canon Alissa Newton, from St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Kent, WA., about the vocation of serving on Parish Council and similar church bodies. “Vocation is the place where our deep gladness meets the world's deep need.”

 

http://www.ecfvp.org/vestry-papers/article/660/the-vocational-vestry


SIX-MINUTE STUDY #98

   Annual meeting time is here again. This is one of the most exciting times in history to be serving in church leadership. There are so many important decisions to be made about doing missional ministry and being wise stewards of all that our generous God has gifted to us. How can we make a difference in growing the Kingdom this year? Read this inspiring article written by Donald V. Romanik, president of the Episcopal Church Foundation, that outlines the joys of being on a Parish or Church Council, or what he calls “vestry”. (Be sure to share this link with your parishioner friends!)

 

http://www.ecfvp.org/vestry-papers/article/661/five-things-every-vestry-member-should-know

 


SIX-MINUTE STUDY #97

   Lent arrives early this year, in just 5 weeks! Here’s a great link from Building Faith (A Ministry of Virginia Theological Seminary) to some resources to help you plan Lenten activities that will engage parishioners and hopefully, new people in things of faith. There’s something for all ages. Gather a few people and start planning now. This could be the best Lent ever!

LENT IN A BAG: AN ACTIVITY FOR CHURCH OR HOME

https://www.buildfaith.org/lent-in-a-bag/

LENT-EASTER 2018: "THE GOOD BOOK CLUB" READS LUKE AND ACTS

https://www.buildfaith.org/good-book-club/

ADULT STUDY FOR LENT 2018: "MEETING JESUS IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN"

https://www.buildfaith.org/meeting-jesus-gospel-of-john/


SIX-MINUTE STUDY #96

   A new year, a fresh start!  How will things be different for you and your congregation this year? Chart a course for the way ahead by naming some of your hopes and dreams for 2018. Here are some ideas for your short list in this blogpost by Dr. James Emery White (Crosswalk.com).

 

It’s called, “New Year's Resolutions for You and Your Church.”

 

https://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/dr-james-emery-white/new-years-resolutions-for-you-and-your-church.html


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