Faith Formation Online

Upcoming Conferences & Webinars of Interest:

Vacation Bible School: What Now? Thursday, May 28, 10:30 a.m.
Some churches have cancelled VBS. Some have postponed. Some haven't made a decision yet. All of you are invited to join in a Zoom discussion on 2020 Vacation Bible School options. To join Caren Miles, Associate for Faith Formation, and others from around the diocese
Register here

An invitation to the DioCal launch of the Good News Gardens Movement, Friday, May 29, at 10 a.m.
Join Brian Sellers-Petersen of Episcopal Relief & Development and Jerusalem Greer of the Presiding Bishop's Office as they rekindle a vision of church and household victory gardens, launching NOW across the wider church.  Learn about collection/distribution projects already under way.  Our gardeners are tending to the hungry among us during this pandemic, while sowing the seeds of a more just, resilient and healthy food system.  Sponsored by the Commission for Creation Care. 
Register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Pastoral Care During Challenges: Spiritually Supporting Your Communities, Wednesday, May 20, 12 Noon PT
This ecumenical workshop looks at best practices of pastoral care when churches aren’t meeting face to face. https://amplifymedia.com/nowandnext/pastoral-care-during-challenges/

Webinar from Building Faith, Thursday, May 21, Noon: Reflections And Resources For Summer Formation
As the COVID-19 pandemic extends into the months ahead, it is time to consider how we might offer our congregations opportunities for Christian formation in the summer months. In this webinar, Keith Anderson and Sarah Bentley Allred will provide guidance on how to plan summer formation for adults, youth and children. They will also share ideas from around the church for inspiration.

More information: https://mailchi.mp/vts/webinar-may-21st-reflections-and-resources-for-summer-formation?e=1fad218290

Introducing Embracing Evangelism, Thursday, May 28, 1 p.m.
Learn how to use this new resource from The Episcopal Church, and Virginia Theological Seminary. Embracing Evangelism is a six-part digital course exploring our call to seek, name, and celebrate Jesus’ loving presence in the stories of all people – and then invite everyone to more. In this webinar, Staff Officer for Evangelism, Jerusalem Greer will share how to use this resource on a digital platform.

Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMpf-GsrzkqG9wtJusgHsJgxEs1L07Tft7H
Embracing Evangelism webpage: https://episcopalchurch.org/embracing-evangelism/series

Invite Welcome Connect Digital Gathering, Wednesday, June 10,  12 Noon

Experienced practitioners and newcomers to Invite Welcome Connect will gather and present best practices for a welcoming church in our new paradigm.
Information and Registration: https://www.invitewelcomeconnect.com/digitalgathering2020

Oasis: Young Adult and Campus Ministries Leadership Conference 2020, June 23-26
The conference has been moved to an online format with a $0 registration fee. Registration required.

More information here: https://episcopalchurch.org/youngadult/events
 

Children & Youth Ministry online and at home

As we all shuffle our usual in-person ministries to empower families for the work of faith formation in the home, we’ve compiled a list of great places for you to start.

Faith at Home Basics

  • Retired editor Sharon Pearson’s blog, Rows of Sharon, has long been a go to for all things formation. Her post on Keeping Faith at Home is full of all the resources you could hope for.
  • Faith@Home, a collaboration between Forward Movement and Forma, is usually a weekly, lectionary based resource for families. As of this week they are now offering daily activities and meditations.
  • Illustrated Ministry is great for those who enjoy the calm of coloring pages. They are providing free, weekly faith formation resources for ALL AGES!
  • If you are going to do Zoom meetings or other video conferences with youth please do not post the link directly to an open social media account. You need to verify who is on the call and who has access to your folks, especially if it is a group of minors. Just like adults allowed to volunteer in Sunday school or youth group, we need to have trained adults only on web calls.

Online Spiritual Resources

ChurchNext, a ministry of Forward Movement, has released a set of free courses: "Prayer and Worship in Our Homes".

The Thoughtful Christian has downloadable bible and topical studies that include an easy -to-follow leader guide and a learner guide at a reasonable price. Hold online meetings and email out the information to those in the group. They will have everything they need to follow the leader in an online course.

For opening groups with a short prayer and study, consider this excellent website from the Rev. Canon Dawn Davis which has a 10-15 minute bible study following the Sunday lectionary along with discussion and application.

Also from groups, consider using Daily Prayer for All Seasons which is available online. The pdf can be shared on a zoom meeting for everyone to follow along.

For some online prayer resources for individuals, consider these options:

And, as always, your Faith Formation Working Group are available to help you brainstorm, support your work, and pray for you. Get in touch if you need anything. Amy Cook, amyc@diocal.org and Caren Miles, carenm@diocal.org

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