Six New Things

Check six new ministry resources in this weekly post. Happy Easter!   Christine Valters Paintner of Abbey of the Arts is offering a series of reflections on practicing resurrection. And here is an Easter blessing from Jan Richardson’s Circle of Grace. The Day When God Made Church:  A Child’s Book about Pentecost by Rebekah McLeod Hutto […]

Six New Things

Check six new ministry resources in this weekly post. Faith & Leadership features the practice of Sabbath keeping at Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church.  MaryAnn McKibben Dana, author of Sabbath in the Suburbs, explores the practice in this short PBS video.  Her forthcoming book, Improvising with God, will explore improv as spiritual practice and metaphor. Videos […]

Frequently Asked Questions about the RCC

The Resource Center for Churches equips you for vibrant ministry. Here, we demystify our project. Who can use the Resource Center for Churches? Every church and ministry of the Minnesota Annual Conference United Methodist Church, Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ, Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, and Synod of Lakes and Prairies (PCUSA) is […]

Resources on Alzheimer’s/Dementia for Faith Communities

These resources help meet the spiritual needs of people with dementia, support family members and caregivers, and develop welcoming congregations.  Contact the RCC for more ways to support these vital ministries. Web Resources for Faith Communities from ACT on Alzheimer’s The Dementia-Friendly Church, from UMC Discipleship Ministries DVD Curriculum Through the Wilderness: A Curriculum from […]

Age Inclusive Worship Resources: A Top Ten List

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, Holy Week and Easter

Updated for 2016.  We’ll keep updating this list of current and recommended resources for Lent and Easter.  Cokesbury provides a helpful Lent Study Comparison Chart, featuring Adam Hamilton’s new DVD study on John and Rob Fuquay’s The God We Can Know: Exploring the “I Am” Sayings of Jesus. The Work of the People offers several […]

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

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

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

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 […]