Shine at Home
A new, simple option for families to do at home if congregations are not resuming regular Sunday school this fall. Shine at Home includes weekly mini-sessions, complete with a prayer practice, ideas for sharing the Bible story, questions and conversation prompts, media suggestions, and four activities that help kids and families explore the Bible story. Use with Shine’s storytelling, music, and student resources for a fun learning experience at home.
Shine at Home is now available for preorder and will be released August 1 as a downloadable PDF to email to all the families in the purchasing congregation. The retail price is $20.99 USD. Sample and preorder here.
Saddleback Kids, the children’s ministry at Saddleback Church has developed 80+ fun and creative videos to teach children about God’s word. Videos are available on their YouTube channel.
..is a faith formation resource website for Anabaptist formation leaders. It is curated by Shana Peachey Boshart, denominational minister for faith formation in Mennonite Church USA and former minister of Christian formation in Central Plains Mennonite Conference. Shana is part of a network of many other Mennonite faith formation leaders whom she regularly relies upon for ideas and advice.
Book recommendation: Let the Children Come to Me
Explore together with your children the stories and practices that will form you as Jesus’ disciples in the Anabaptist tradition. This winsome 60-page book is structured around 12 Anabaptist faith practices: Scripture reading, prayer, community, bearing witness, service to one another, worship, nonviolence, steadfast faith, the centrality of Christ, communion, believers baptism, and stewardship.
Each faith practice is developed as a short unit (the equivalent of two page-spreads) and explored through stories from Anabaptist-Mennonite history—one from the sixteenth century and one contemporary, global story. These stories are accompanied by scripture passages, conversation-starters, prayers, and multiple options for family activities. $18.95 paperback
Digital Church Safety
Dove’s Nest is offering a Zoom training on best practices for safety in virtual kids’ programming. They also have a 20-minute recording and a PDF handout to share with a group of adults.
Building Faith from VTS has shared Five Principles for Creating Digital Church Guidelines by Lindsey Bates.
God’s Story, God’s Song
Daniel and Talashia Keim Yoder of College Mennonite Church (CMC) in Goshen, Indiana, have been partnering with Jonathan Reuel to create an all-age, year-long, home-based, flexible faith formation resource for their congregation. To make it accessible to people outside of CMC, Addie Leaman created GodsStoryGodsSong.com to house the project. It can be a congregation’s primary source of faith formation for all ages for the coming year, as it offers more flexibility than a traditional curriculum when moving between virtual and in-person gatherings. There’s a modest subscription fee for people outside of CMC.
Video: Children’s Ministry Zoom Gathering – July 30, 2020
This online gathering for support and resourcing of children’s ministry leaders was recorded and is available to view HERE. Password: IS?cBk2r
In this season, where COVID-19 compels congregations to gather virtually, many adults are wondering what that looks like for youth ministry. What boundaries are appropriate? The Yale Youth Ministry Institute has compiled these recommendations for your consideration as you develop your own policy of church safety practices for virtual gatherings.
Resources on Zoom and other audio/visual
The Zoom website has several video tutorials available for those unfamiliar with hosting. Brook Musselman in the ACC conference office is also available to help train and advise on audio/visual needs.
Get the support you need
Support and coaching is available to any ACC children’s ministry leaders or parents.
To connect with an ACC staff person about children’s ministry needs, ideas, or A/V assistance, contact Brook Musselman.
Denominational minister for Faith Formation, Shana Peachey Boshart, is also available for discussion and coaching.