Resources for Your Spiritual Journey

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.

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Resources for Learning At Home Online Learning Resources –adult   children   family    youth Online Video Resources Online Courses Adult                                          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. 
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Pay attention to the feelings that your experiences evoke. Ask what God is saying through these feelings.
  4. 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?
Look toward tomorrow. Ask God to give you light for tomorrow’s challenges. Living Well 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: Go to FAITH5 online  Faith and Spirituality Matter Prayer on the Go 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. Three Minute Retreat 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  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 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,   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:   Children           Learn Lesson Plans that work 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 Godly Play in the home and in the church Godly Play   Hand Prayers 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) How to Pray, watch this video by Vibrant Faith 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. Barron, HelenI 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       Children Live Their Faith Toy Swap 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. 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 – Episcopal Shield Coloring Page – Bishop’s Visit Resource from the Diocese of Texas – Bishop’s Visit Resource from the Diocese of Minnesota   Worship 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 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.         Messages for children based on the lectionary Resource Bibliography for children’s ministry Family Faith @ Home   Your Go-To Place     Empowering Faith @ Home We seek to equip and empower your family to: Family round the Table app great ways to grow your family spiritually 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 Who are you Jesus app Youth (link to youth page)   Practicing our Faith   d365 Daily Devotional for Youth (Passport, Inc.)   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. 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.     Online Courses   The Stevenson School for Ministry, Discernment modules, 10 week courses for continuing education, as well as certificate programs.  Check out Church Next  Explore on line courses 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.   Prayer Daily Prayer & Devotions Seasonal Devotions Prayer & Spirituality Resources Prayer & Spirituality Online Courses Daily Prayer & Devotions The Book of Common Prayer on line The Daily Office The Mission of St. Clare An opportunity to read daily devotions with lectionary scripture on line Learning to Pray for Teens Pray for us The Divine Hours, Virtual Labyrinth 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.  Seasonal Devotions The Advent Season Forward Movement Advent Resource for study–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. 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. 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 Bibles Online Bible Readings & Devotions Bible Learning Bible Studies Bibles Online  Bible Gateway International Bible Society Oremus Bible Browser Bible Readings & Devotions Liturgical Calendar and upcoming lessons Holy Women, Holy Men The Center for Biblical Studies  Enter the Bible Challenge Bible Learning Archaeology of the Bible Lands Study the history of the peoples and development of the Bible Bible Studies  Serve-personal and parish opportunities for learning and putting faith into action   Missional Formation     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. Heifer Project  Ending hunger and Poverty, join the conversation. 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. Serve-what exactly Robyn means to clarify personal or parish Mission Formation The Message of Mission   Worshiping at Home Sunday Readings Church Year Feasts & Seasons Liturgies & Learning Activities Sunday Readings Liturgical calendar with readings and prayers for each season Anglican Cycle of Prayer Church Year Feasts & Seasons Calendar of the Church Year Church Pension Group Liturgical Calendar Holy Women Holy Men Lesser Feasts and Fasts Liturgies & Learning Activities Liturgy for the Whole Church: Multigenerational Resources for Worship 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   Missional Formation     Family Family Resources Parent Resources Parenting for Peace and Justice Network activities for the whole family Awake My Soul: A Liturgical Resource for use with Children and Adults of Grace Rhythms of Grace, Worship and Faith-Formation For Children Audrey Scanlan & Linda Snyder Parent Resources   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 HomeA web site designed for Episcopal parents who wish to encourage and support faith development in the home.         Faith-based parenting resources Building Relationships at Home
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. _relationships_home__search_institute_.pdf
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