First Congregational UCC in River Falls has developed a wonderful faith formation resource that they are now making available to others. The Biblical Pictorial Timeline and related books are a creative, engaging way to foster bible literacy and interpretation, and encourage people to find their place in the unfolding drama of the Bible. The timeline is applicable to a wide variety of congregational settings; connects worship, education, and mission; and provides a link between church and home.
The three books are relevant for different points in the faith formation journey. One book is designed to be given at baptism, one for First Communion preparation, and the third book tells the overarching biblical story. The Biblical Pictorial Timeline is a collection of 36 images depicting Bible stories. There are reproductions of the timeline available as well as the capability of using a CD of the images for worship projection and bulletin covers.
More information about these wonderful resources can be found on the River Falls UCC website, or download the flyer. You can also contact Stacy Johnson Myers to learn more about how you might use this resource in your congregation.
The Workshop Rotation Model (or WoRM) reorganizes traditional Sunday School classrooms into workshops, including Art, Drama, Games, Computer, Video, etc. Grade groups rotate into a new workshop each week. All the workshops teach the same Bible story for a 4 to 6 week “rotation.” Teachers stay put in the workshop teaching the same lesson each week to a new group.
Workshop Rotation Model website
Worshiping with Children is the blog of Carolyn C. Brown, an educator with over thirty-five years of experience. She writes about welcoming children into congregational worship as full participants. She says, “I invite you to join me in creating prayers, different ways of presenting scripture, children’s times, sermon illustrations and who knows what else.”
This lectionary-based blog offers specific help for specific Sundays. It offers ideas about ways to read scripture in the sanctuary so that children understand it, scripts for prayers and liturgy that draw children as well as adults into worship, plans for folding worship education (for all ages) into the worship service, and essays about how children understand and participate in worship and sacraments.
Worshiping with Children website
St Paul’s UCC, Oshkosh, found an innovative approach to faith formation for all ages, expanding their Wednesday night service called The Path to include children. Learn more about how this has worked well for all participants, of any age. Go to story.
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