Resources for your spiritual journey
Perhaps you are looking for ways to deepen your spiritual journey, or that of your family. The Beauty of the Episcopal Church is that it is open to new possibilities, ancient teachings and spiritual practices that are grounded in Scripture, Tradition and Reason. We invite you to consider putting faith at the center: celebrate seasonal events, encounter God in the Bible and above all develop a strong family.
Learn. Explore. Discover.
Check out these family resources for Lent by clicking here.
Resources for Learning At Home
Online Learning Resources –adult children family youth
Online Video Resources
How do we discover God and the sacred in the rhythms and practices of everyday life? God is truly present to us each day, and this presence is discovered in the fabric of our lives – our experiences, our relationships, and more. We are all spiritual beings. We can discover the spiritual in our everyday lives, and recognize, understand, and respond to God’s presence in each day.
God in Your Daily Life
How can we see God and the sacred in the rhythms and practices of everyday life? God is truly present to us each day see more for ideas and practices
Find God in Your Day
The Daily Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and to discern his direction for us. Take a few minutes to reflect on your day with these five questions.
Look toward tomorrow. Ask God to give you light for tomorrow’s challenges.
Christian Practices for Everyday Life Are you Eating Well? Nutrition and Prayer
Are you eating well? I don’t mean having enough food. For most, but not all, Americans the problem is not finding enough food; it is eating well. By eating well we mean the whole experience of eating: purchasing and preparing the healthy, nutritious food, sharing the food and enjoying the relationships around the table, giving thanks for the food, and so on. We all know what eating well entails because we have memories of eating well—gatherings of family and friends at special times of the year, like Thanksgiving and Christmas, or for important occasions like a wedding, a fortieth birthday party, a quinciñera, a twenty-fifth anniversary, a school graduation. Yet when we think about our daily experience of eating, most of us would not say we are “eating well.” What’s missing? What are we really hungry for?
Discovering the sacred in your family life
FAITH5™ (Faith Acts In The Home) is a simple, easy-to-implement faith practice, perfect for incorporating into your bedtime routine for five to fifteen minutes a night. When done over time, the FAITH5™ carries the power to enrich communication, deepen understanding, aid sleep, and promote mental, physical and spiritual health. The five steps are:
- Become aware of God’s presence. Find a comfortable place where you can secure ten or fifteen quiet minutes. Close your eyes and relax your body.
- Review the events and experiences of the day with gratitude to understand how God is acting in your life. Move through the day as if you were watching it on video.
- Pay attention to the feelings that your experiences evoke. Ask what God is saying through these feelings.
- Choose one feature of the day, reflect upon it, and pray from it.
How are you discovering God in the midst of your daily life? Are you drawing closer to God or further away?
Go to FAITH5 online
Faith and Spirituality Matter
Prayer on the Go http://www.vibrantfaithathome.org/item/prayer-on-the-go-2#.WdEEy4eWxwE
Adults get busy. Routines especially get disrupted during the summer. You may go on vacation, and well, it’s just hard. Check out some new ideas of when and how to pray even when you don’t think you have time.
The Divine Hours by Phyllis Tickle is a manual for fixed-hour prayer. It presents the prayers to be prayed at the divine hours of every day: Morning prayers, for prayer between 6 and 9; midday prayers for praying between 11 and 2; and evening prayers to pray between 5 and 8. http://www.explorefaith.org/prayer/prayer/fixed/index.php
Three Minute Retreat https://www.loyolapress.com/3-minute-retreats-daily-online-prayer
You are invited to take a short prayer break right at your computer by spending some quiet time reflecting on a Scripture passage
Discovering the sacred in your family life (Link to Appendix A)
Explore, experience, and practice important ways that can enrich your family relationships and build a stronger family.
Meeting God’s Call www.czysz.net/dioc/SSFM registration
Discern your gifts in small group on line engagement as a guide to the ways to respond to God’s love. Discernment modules from the Stevenson School for Ministry.
A Spiritual Journey, a small group study for Lent that leads to a deeper reality of God in our lives https://www.episcopalchurch.org/files/A_Spiritual_Journey2%281%29.pdf
Discovery Series: A Christian Journey moving beyond Baptism, A comprehensive educational program designed to help Christians discover their path to a life in Christ. The set of five videos, each composed of 2-4 segments of approximately 15 minutes, along with The Facilitator’s and Participant’s Guide, will help parish groups explore Baptism, http://www.epicenter.org/discovery-downloads/ https://vimeopro.com/epicentervideos/the-discovery-series
Preparing for Confirmation
What is Confirmation? It is a rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop. Link to confirmation resource page and Your Faith, Your Life by Jenifer Gamber with Bill Lewellis (Morehouse).
An everything-you-need-to-know guide to the Episcopal Church, providing adult readers with an understanding of worship, theology, church structure, and sacraments. Online leader’s guide: http://www.yourfaithyourlife.org/images/YFYL_Leader_Guide.pdf
Lesson Plans that work http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/lessons/
Published by the Episcopal Church and designed to follow the Revised Common Lectionary, these lesson plans are written by experienced church school teachers using practical approaches to respond to the needs of volunteer teachers.
Both a lesson plan for young children and a lesson plan for older children are offered each week, and intergenerational lesson plans are available for many major feast days throughout the liturgical year.
These lesson plans can be used as written, or they are easy to adapt to reflect the context of your congregation’s children’s program.
Just for Kids Bible Trek new faith-forming activities and articles http://www.vibrantfaithathome.org/library/library-listed-by-audience/library-audience-just-for-kids
Godly Play in the home and in the church Godly Play
Encourage one another to pray regularly. Learn to look at your hand to help you recall at least five prayer petitions or intentions. (Young Families) http://www.vibrantfaithathome.org/item/hand-prayers-2#.WdEB0oeWxwE
How to Pray, watch this video by Vibrant Faith https://vimeo.com/38927687
God’s Word, My Voice: A Lectionary for Children
Want your children to be prepared for worship on Sunday Morning? And to leave with God’s Word on their lips and in their hearts? This collection of The Revised Common Lectionary readings (Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament, and Gospel), is paraphrased for their understanding. https://www.amazon.com/Gods-Word-My-Voice-Lectionary/dp/0898699290
Barron, Helen. I Am a Child of God (Candle Press) A sturdy booklet for young children that explores what happened at their baptism. 303-337-6852
Kitch, Anne E. Taking the Plunge: Baptism and Parenting (Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publishing, 2006) A resource for parents and godparents as they begin a faith journey with a child. The question format at the end of each chapter also makes it a rich resource for parenting classes
Resources for Baptism Rows of Sharon https://rowsofsharon.com/resource-recommendations/baptism/
Children Live Their Faith
Toy Swap http://www.vibrantfaithathome.org/item/toy-swap-2#.WdEDjoeWxwE
This activity will encourage children to “think outside themselves” and instill the virtue of generosity by donating not only their own toys—but also collecting toys from family, friends and neighbors—to be donated to children who are less fortunate. (Young Families)
Children in Mission
Blessing of the Back packs; Prayers
Episcopal Relief and Development We currently offer two main programs for children, Abundant Life Garden Project and Rita Mosquito, which focuses on malaria prevention and empowering learners to address it.
Children in the Church
Building Faith: An online community for Christian Educators and faith formation leaders sharing information,tools, resources, ideas and best practices. https://www.buildfaith.org/
FORMA An organization for Christian Educators from the Episcopal Church and other Christian traditions that provides professional support, networking, resources and leadership development. Annual membership includes participation in a nationwide list serv for Christian Educators
The Bishop is visiting! Resources for Children
trinitynewtownct.org – Episcopal Shield Coloring Page
epicenter.org – Bishop’s Visit Resource from the Diocese of Texas
episcopalmn.org – Bishop’s Visit Resource from the Diocese of Minnesota
Children at Worship: Imagine creating an environment right there in your worship service, in which the children of God dare to respond to the awe and wonder and the mystery of God and God’s gifts with a full range of expression, from joy and delight, to wordlessness and silence http://www.childrenatworship.org/
The Sunday Paper (age 9 and up) and The Sunday Paper Junior (ages 3 to 10) are distributed electronically, as .pdf files attached to emails sent at intervals by church season. Full-sized samples may be downloaded from the “Subscriptions” page on the website. http://www.the-sunday-paper.com/
Messages for children based on the lectionary
Resource Bibliography for children’s ministry
Faith @ Home Your Go-To Place
Empowering Faith @ Home
We seek to equip and empower your family to:
- SHARE your highs and lows
- READ a Bible verse or story
- TALK about how the Bible reading might relate to your highs and lows
- PRAY for one another’s highs and lows
- BLESS one another
Family round the Table app great ways to grow your family spiritually https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/family-round-the-table/id347229773?mt=8
Messy Church Messy Church is a form of church for children and adults that involves creativity, celebration and hospitality. It’s primarily for people who don’t already belong to another form of church, it meets on line at a time that suits people who don’t already belong to church.
Check out https://www.messychurch.org.uk/
Who are you Jesus app http://suzanneharaburd.com/who-are-you-jesus/
Youth (link to youth page)
Practicing our Faith
d365 Daily Devotional for Youth (Passport, Inc.) – http://d365.org/
d365 provides inspirational and relevant reflections on scripture for young people. The devotional experience is written especially for students and seeks to provide reflections on themes that impact their faith journey, creating a quiet space in their lives for meditation and prayer. Devotions are available every day of the year, and the common liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent through the special series Following the Star and Journey to the Cross. A third series, Back2School, recognizes the significant transition between summer and fall in the lives of students.
Online Video Resources
Finding spiritual meaning in today’s films — from Hollywood blockbusters to special interest documentaries. http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/films/
Virginia Theological Seminary e-Formation resource ecosystem that includes conference materials, video tutorials, articles, reviews, and other training and inspiration for ministry in a digital world. http://www.eformationvts.org/resources/
The Stevenson School for Ministry, Discernment modules, 10 week courses for continuing education, as well as certificate programs. Check out www.czysz.net/dioc
Church Next Explore on line courses https://www.churchnext.tv/
Education for Ministry a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice.
CDSP CALL’s online courses are offered throughout the year and are designed so that you can participate at your own pace and at your own time.
Each course is 7 weeks, each week a separate lesson. Continuing Education Units are offered at the rate of 2 CEUs per course. Students from across The Episcopal Church and beyond join experienced online instructors in creating a classroom environment of respect and mutual learning.
Daily Prayer & Devotions
Prayer & Spirituality Resources
Prayer & Spirituality Online Courses
Daily Prayer & Devotions
The Book of Common Prayer on line https://www.bcponline.org/
The Daily Office
The Mission of St. Clare
An opportunity to read daily devotions with lectionary scripture on line http://www.missionstclare.com/english/
Learning to Pray for Teens http://www.smp.org/resourcecenter/category/Learning-to-Pray/48/
Pray for us https://www.episcopalchurch.org/prayers
The Divine Hours, http://explorefaith.org/prayer/fixed/
Virtual Labyrinth https://labyrinthsociety.org/virtual-labyrinth-walk
A labyrinth is a meandering path, often unicursal, with a singular path leading to a center. Labyrinths are an ancient archetype dating back 4,000 years or more, used symbolically, as a walking meditation, choreographed dance, or site of rituals and ceremony, among other things. Labyrinths are tools for personal, psychological and spiritual transformation, also thought to enhance right-brain activity. Labyrinths evoke metaphor, sacred geometry, spiritual pilgrimage, religious practice, mindfulness, environmental art, and community building.
The Advent Season http://www.seasonsofadultfaith.com/seasons.html
Forward Movement Advent Resource for study https://www.forwardmovement.org/Products/CategoryCenter/FMCHR/advent–christmas.aspx
Epiphany Resources from Episcopal Migration Ministries
Ash Wednesday and Lent
Prayer & Spirituality Resources
Pilgrim A new teaching and discipleship resource from the Church of England. It aims to help every local church create a place where people can explore the Christian faith together and see how it can be lived out each day. http://www.pilgrimcourse.org/the-course
Daily Prayer for All Seasons works for individuals, small groups, and/or congregations. This prayer book presents a variety of images of God by including inclusive and expansive language for and about God, and it presents a variety of words by including poetry, meditation and prayers from the broader community of faith. https://www.episcopalchurch.org/files/documents/daily_prayer_all_seasons_eng_final_pages.pdf
Prayer & Spirituality Online Courses
Practicing Spirituality: The Religions 10+ e-courses40-part programs using representative excerpts from books by teachers from each tradition, each with a suggestions for how to practice the wisdom in your daily life
Practicing Spirituality: Master Teachers 25+ e-courses40-part programs using excerpts from the writings of spiritual masters as the starting points for a variety of everyday s
Bible Readings & Devotions
Bible Gateway https://www.biblegateway.com/
International Bible Society https://www.biblica.com/bible/
Oremus Bible Browser http://bible.oremus.org/
Bible Readings & Devotions
Liturgical Calendar and upcoming lessons http://www.lectionarypage.net/
Holy Women, Holy Men http://prayer.forwardmovement.org/the_calendar.php?k=3
The Center for Biblical Studies Enter the Bible Challenge http://thecenterforbiblicalstudies.org/the-bible-challenge/what-is-the-bible-challenge/
Archaeology of the Bible Lands https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/courses/archaeology-of-the-bible-lands-online
Study the history of the peoples and development of the Bible http://www.bible-history.com/biblestudy/
Serve-personal and parish opportunities for learning and putting faith into action
Assemble Promise Packs for Refugees
Children fleeing violence need our help today! Millions are escaping the violence to seek refuge in neighboring countries, yet lack access to basic necessities.
Together with World Vision, we will be building Promise Packs for children in countries impacted by the refugee crisis. Promise Packs are filled with personal care items, a blanket, school supplies, and a note of encouragement. These items provide comfort and care for vulnerable children
Bread for the World The 2017 Offering of Letters campaign urges Congress to invest in and protect vital policies and safety-net programs — including WIC, global nutrition, SNAP, and refundable tax credits. We have made great progress reducing hunger and poverty in our country and around the world, but our work remains unfinished.http://www.bread.org/
Heifer Project Ending hunger and Poverty, join the conversation. https://www.heifer.org/
Ten Thousand Villages Ten Thousand Villages envisions a world where all artisans in earn a fair wage, are treated with dignity and respect and are empowered to live a life of quality.
The Message of Mission This Stevenson School for Ministry course involves, learning the Biblical Foundations for Mission and why mission matters. www.czysz.net/dioc
Serve-what exactly Robyn means to clarify personal or parish
The Message of Mission
Worshiping at Home
Church Year Feasts & Seasons
Liturgies & Learning Activities
Liturgical calendar with readings and prayers for each season http://www.lectionarypage.net/
Anglican Cycle of Prayer http://www.anglicancommunion.org/resources/cycle-of-prayer.aspx
Church Year Feasts & Seasons
Calendar of the Church Year https://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/calendar-church-year
Church Pension Group Liturgical Calendar https://www.cpg.org/global/online-resources/liturgical-calendar/
Holy Women Holy Men http://prayer.forwardmovement.org/the_calendar.php?k=3
Lesser Feasts and Fasts http://prayer.forwardmovement.org/the_calendar.php?k=2
Liturgies & Learning Activities
Liturgy for the Whole Church: Multigenerational Resources for Worship https://www.amazon.com/Liturgy-Whole-Church-Multigenerational-Resources/dp/089869602X
This fresh collection of group readings and simple dramas based on stories from Scripture, together with meditations, storytelling methodology and an instructed Eucharist, will help church leaders design liturgy for children and grownups who worship together.
1. Introductory Material: practical background and instruction about organizing and arranging intergenerational worship, with special emphasis on children’s needs.
2. Seasonal Introductions: Themes and ideas for each liturgical season including collects, confessions, etc.
3. Congregational Readings: simple group readings of Scripture that engage both reader and people.
4. Meditations: Quiet, imaginative reflections on scripture, or water, or fire, that lead listeners deep inside themselves, even at worship.
5. Simple Dramas: Biblical stories in which characters speak for themselves (martha and Mary, Mary and Elisabeth, Elijah and Elisha, etc.) to the worshipers; some are quite playful and some are more serious.
6. Stories: biblical stories told very colorfully and simply, sometimes in the first person of a character in the story.
7. Simple Sermons: simple, colorful, soulful, short sermons that even grownups can sit still for.
8. Tableaux Vivants: “Living Pictures”- how to do them, and several pieces written and staged.
9 Appendices: Methods of storytelling and An instructed Eucharist
Parenting for Peace and Justice Network activities for the whole family http://www.ipj-ppj.org/PPJN.htm
Awake My Soul: A Liturgical Resource for use with Children and Adults https://www.episcopalchurch.org/library/document/awake-my-soul-litugical-resource-use-children-and-adultshythms of Grace
Rhythms of Grace, Worship and Faith-Formation For Children Audrey Scanlan & Linda Snyder https://www.churchpublishing.org/rhythmsofgrace
Just for Parents” offers a variety of ways for you to enhance and enrich your knowledge and skills for parenting children and teens. All of these programs, activities, and resources are developed around research-tested ways to help your children and teens grow in healthy and positive ways by 1) expressing care, 2) challenging them to growth, 3) providing them with support, 4) involving them in decision-making, and 5) expanding their possibilities
Faith at Home: A web site designed for Episcopal parents who wish to encourage and support faith development in the home. http://www.faith-at-home.com/
Faith-based parenting resources
Building Relationships at Home
- TALK with each other about their faith
- PRAY together in ways that are comfortable and comforting
- RITUALIZE their important moments
- REACH OUT in service and support of others.
||Every family has and can build relationships that guide children on a path of self-fulfillment
and success in life. Family members do this through the everyday ways they interact with, care
for, and invest in our relationships in our families. The tips and relationship-building activities
in this guide from the Search Institute are designed to help you strengthen relationships in your
family. In general, the tips are parenting practices that can be used many times. These tips and
activities are designed for use with children between ages 3 and 13. Trying the tips and activities
suggested here will not by themselves transform your relationship with your children. Authentic
and powerful relationships take time. But using these ideas can help you become more intentional
about building the kinds of relationships that have emerged through Search Institute’s research. http://www.familiesatthecenter.com/uploads/5/1/6/4/5164069/bringing_developmental