This year, I have been trying to reconnect with our families of littles. We have started the Itty Bitty Book Club, and now have added Itty Bitty Get-Togethers. We have reopened the nursery and have two prayer ground options: one in the sanctuary and one in an adjacent room. Now, we have added celebrating baptismal … Continue reading Celebrating Baptismal Birthdays
Faith Walk started in my first job at Bethlehem Lutheran Church - Twin Cities when I was Director of Children's Ministries. I can't take credit for it nor do I remember how it got started, but my then colleague now friend, Mandy Bond, probably remembers the history. Now as the Family Pastor, I love being … Continue reading Faith Walk
Why Storytelling Works
Storytelling works. Kids and adults alike love a good story, and the Bible is the best bundle of stories ever told. I have been a storyteller of the faith for a long time, and what I have seen is that storytelling helps with biblical fluency. In my congregation, Bethlehem Lutheran Church - Twin Cities, we … Continue reading Why Storytelling Works
Storytelling the Season
Join Pastor Storytellers - Karen Ware Jackson and Heather Roth Johnson - for our new adventure called “Storytelling the Season” on August 15, 2022 at 12 noon CST. Graphic by KWJ What do you get with “Storytelling the Season?” (Check out the Facebook Page ,too!) + Backpack Blessings: We will share what is a blessing, … Continue reading Storytelling the Season
Who is My Neighbor?
Vacation Bible School is in June at Bethlehem Lutheran Church - Twin Cities. VBS is offered in a variety of ways: at the Minneapolis campus, there is a regular morning session from 9-12 noon and a family-style evening session with dinner, and at the Minnetonka campus, VBS happens after worship once a month. Check it … Continue reading Who is My Neighbor?
This Sunday between Ascension Day and Pentecost, my congregation is exploring the story of Mathias chosen to replace Judas (Acts 1:12-26). It's the end of the story that I am thinking about: "So they proposed two...Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed and said, ‘Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two … Continue reading Casting Lots
Build A Neighborhood
At Bethlehem Lutheran Church - Twin Cities, we are using the "Who is My Neighbor?" VBS by ELCA (2019). What I like about the curriculum is its simplicity, and how they worked in small group time to talk about "Who is my neighbor?" The curriculum calls this time "Family Time," but I changed it to … Continue reading Build A Neighborhood
Story in a Bottle
When my kids were little, we were big into summer reading programs. The libraries here in St Paul, MN had a summer reading program, and the prize was a ticket to the MN State Fair (that's a big thing here!) But they also participated in the summer reading program with Barnes and Nobles (got a … Continue reading Story in a Bottle
Good Shepherd Sunday, or maybe it is just "Sheep" Sunday is May 8, 2022 in the Revised Common Lectionary. I love the verse that says, "My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me." (John 10:27) How might you make this "Sheep" Sunday memorable? Here are 4 simple ways to do something … Continue reading Sheep Sunday
Holy Week Swag
Need some Holy Week inspiration for your families? Here are a couple of ideas:Cooking is a great way to engage families at home or at church. Check out this blog about "Eating Your Way Through Holy Week!" Time an issue for your families? Consider giving preschoolers a Bible with a bookmark of Holy Week stories. … Continue reading Holy Week Swag