Pick My Brain: Hands-on Faith Formation!
March 5, 2013
by Marlene Bogard, Minister of Christian Formation
I pass on to you a wonderful list of faith formation ideas and activities, for all ages and Biblically Based, (remember we embarking in a Year of the Bible – see www.yearofthebiblenetwork.org). I subscribe to an email list that is generated from: vibrantfaithathome.org
For each holiday and event listed, there is a short video to watch, and then a fully detailed plan for how you might help understand and celebrate the various special days. Some will feel a bit more “Lutheran” as the creators are predominantly of that denomination, but almost all of it is immediately usable and appropriate for Mennonite / Anabaptist faith groups. Enjoy!
St. Patrick’s Day (March 17)
The Real Patrick – Saint Patrick means more than wearing green.
Lent (until March 30)
Giving It Up – Why give up something for Lent?
Lord, Hear My Cry – Even in fear-filled moments, God is present.
Lenten Candles – Mark the days of Lent with a candle ritual.
Purpling Your Home – What color are your days of Lent?
A Lenten Wilderness – Discover strength to meet your wilderness temptations.
Holy Week/Easter (March 24 – 31)
Learning About the Passover Seder – Learn about the Jewish festival of Passo – ver.
Easter Egg Exchange – Make Easter Egg dying a family faith experience.
Resurrection Faith & Doubt – Jesus is risen, but not everyone believes it.
Holy Week Ups & Downs – How could people turn on Jesus so quickly?
Easter Traditions for Teens – Create new Easter rituals for teens.
Open-Egged Questions – Serious, fun, or tasty? Open one to find out.
Easter Season (April 1 – May 19)
Come, Eat Breakfast – Make placemats the celebrate the risen Jesus.
Alleluia Chain – Connecting Easter joys.
Earth Day (April 22)
Earth Day Service – Plant flowers to lift others’ spirits.
Mother’s Day (May 5)
Mother’s Day Prayers – Pray for moms in creative ways.
Honoring Life Givers – Make a mark for those who’ve marked you.