At St John's Lutheran Church in Lakeville, MN, we are deep into planning the Fall Sermon Series to use at the outdoor Radio Church (until snow arrives) and with online worship. Using the Narrative Lectionary 2020-2021 readings, we want to dwell deep into the promises of God and the grace God extends and endows the … Continue reading Promise and Purpose
At St John’s Lutheran Church in Lakeville, MN winter comes early. It's cold by mid-October. So we have from Rally Day to mid-October to use the outdoors creatively. During Radio Church (a drive-in parking lot service), we will offer a Back-to-School Blessing, Drive-Thur Bible Blessing, a Teacher Installation, First Communion, and an Affirmation of Baptism service. … Continue reading Outdoor Classroom Confirmation
At St John’s Lutheran Church in Lakeville, MN, we do Radio Church in our parking lot. It has been a great way to gather outside and safely during the Pandemic. But Minnesota winters come early and last a long time! So from Rally Day to mid-October, we will be using the outdoors for 6 weeks (before the … Continue reading Sidewalk Sunday School
At St John's Lutheran Church in Lakeville, MN, we do Radio Church in our parking lot. It has been a great way to gather during the Pandemic. But Minnesota winters come early and last a long time! We have about 6 weeks to do as much as we can outside! Literally, we have no time … Continue reading Back to School Blessing
As I was perusing camps last Spring and trying to help my college student find a job, most everything had been cancelled due to COVID-19. Then, I came across a museum camp that said, "Camp isn't cancelled. We restructuring and starting later! Deets coming soon!" That got me thinking about Vacation Bible School. At St … Continue reading Backyard VBS
Maybe there are few things you never thought you would do as a pastor? But with COVID, church worship has moved out of the building. Many pastors and church workers have turned to social media to reach people through Facebook Live, YouTube, live streaming, and now, radio church. Something I as a pastor would find … Continue reading Radio Church
Seeds! Fish! And People! Oh my! Let us Pray to the Lord! Let Us Play to the Lord! is designed to offer kids an opportunity to explore stories about Jesus in their own yards or homes. Pre-readers will need the support of a parent/caregiver to hear the stories and engage in the activities. Readers can … Continue reading Let Us Play to the Lord
Let’s Pray Croquet! is a Faith Formation summer lawn game. This is not your average game of Croquet. It’s a mix of plastic bouncy balls, prayerful wickets, and traditional mallets. That's all you need! How to play: 1: Read these instructions! (See downloadables below) 2: Each person should choose one ball and one mallet. The starting … Continue reading Let’s Pray Croquet!
Each Sunday at St John's Lutheran Church in Lakeville, MN, we do "Zoom in with Coffee!" One day, we asked each other "What Bible character do you identify with or not?" When someone answered with "Some days I am Mary; and other days I am Martha." This, of course, has turned into a summer sermon … Continue reading Would You Rather Be…?
With everything that is going on in the world, parents and caregivers want to provide their kids with a safe and secure home. Families from different churches have asked me for a resource to help edify their homes. Interesting request, right?! When I asked what they needed, some said scripture and others said prayer, but … Continue reading Home on a Rock