Age Inclusive Worship Resources: A Top Ten List

Surface to Soul Coaching Spiritual Vitality in Congregations

The Minnesota Conference UCC recently hosted a conversation on Worship Across Generations.  Jim LaDoux, author of Surface to Soul, shared ideas for creating engaging worship experiences.  We offer this top ten list of practical resources for creative, age inclusive worship.  What would you add? Carolyn Brown’s Worshiping with Children Theresa Cho’s Still Waters:  Intergenerational Worship, […]

New for Lent

The God We Can Know: Exploring the "I Am" Sayings of Jesus - DVD Cover

We’ll keep updating this list of current and recommended resources for Lent.  Cokesbury provides this helpful chart of seasonal studies, featuring Rob Fuquay’s The God We Can Know: Exploring the “I Am” Sayings of Jesus; group guides for children, youth and adults may be downloaded from the website.  What Every Christian Needs to Know about […]

New for Advent

The Season of the Nativity

We’ll keep updating this list of current and recommended resources for Advent.  Cokesbury provides this helpful list of seasonal studies. DVDs  This year, Adam Hamilton’s Not a Silent Night joins other favorite studies for the season:  A Thrill of Hope,  Hamilton’s The Journey, Mike Slaughter’s A Different Kind of Christmas, and Advent Conspiracy (and its […]

DVD Roundup

Animate logo

New DVD studies for fall 2014 offer a wealth of options. Animate: Practices, featuring Shane Claiborne, Brian McLaren, Sara Miles, Enume Okoro, Doug Pagitt, Michael Slaughter, and Phyllis Tickle, joins Animate: Faith and Animate Bible from Sparkhouse. Covenant is a 24-week study that moves between the Old and New Testaments to cover the whole Bible. […]

Curriculum Update

Shine Curriculum

New curriculum offerings for 2014-15 abound. Shine:  Living in God’s Light, from Bretheren Press/MennoMedia, replaces Gather ‘Round for age 3 to grade 8.  Each session teaches a spiritual practice.  The RCC will host a presentation on the Shine curriculum Thursday August 7 at 10 a.m. Whirl is a lectionary-centered curriculum for preK to grade 6 […]

Including Young People with Learning Differences


Updated April 2015.  From a wealth of resources on the inclusion of children and youth with disabilities in faith communities, we highlight a few that our users have found particularly helpful. Amy Fenton Lee’s blog, The Inclusive Church, is a goldmine:  see especially Ideas & Best Practices, Getting Started, Top Posts, and her Facebook.  Her […]

Resources for Intergenerational Faith Formation

Liturgy for the Whole Church

The UCC faith formation leaders of children and youth met last month to learn about intergenerational ministry.  Here’s a list of resources we shared. Articles  From Joyce Ann Mercer:  “Cultivating a Community of Practice” From John Roberto:  “Our Future is Intergenerational” From Carol Howard Merritt’s Tribal Church:  “Fostering Intergenerational Relationships” From Sticky Faith:  “Intergenerational Ministry […]

The Families All Matter Book Project Faith-Based Guide

Families All Matter

Many faith formation leaders know the power of reading picture books with young people.  The Families All Matter Book Project from AMAZE uses picture books to help children understand and respect families and the many cultures and experiences that shape them.  Through discussion and activities, children develop empathy, love of neighbor, skills to recognize and […]

Short Videos for Faith Formation

On Our Way

updated August 2015.  Many of our members have used Rob Bell’s NOOMA series of films for youth and adult faith formation.  New options in short videos for faith formation are appearing, and many are available online.  These engaging films allow plenty of time for discussion. The Work Of The People is an independent ecumenical platform […]

New Curriculum

A Joyful Path Year Two

Several curricula are new for fall.  Here’s a list. A Joyful Path (The Center for Progressive Christianity) is a progressive Christian curriculum for children ages 6-10.  Year Two will be available this summer. Awaken Sunday School (Logos Productions, Inc.) emphasizes spiritual practice and the arts for children ages 3-12.  William H. Willimon provides background for […]