Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Bible in 66 verses....

In this day of quick to the point no mucking around society.....
we need tools that help us engage with others...

Here is something that may help you quickly remember and engage with others about the bible...66 verses from the bible...one verse from each book

Visit http://www.lutheranforum.org/blogs/the-bible-in-66-verses/

Basic Christian Teaching

Our Saviour Lutheran Church....Tacoma WA

Offers a Basic Christian Teaching Course...free of charge available online that covers:
What is God like?
Why are there so many different kinds of Christian churches when everybody believes basically the same thing?
Why did Jesus have to die for our sins?
Why do bad things happen to good people?
What happens after I die?
What is faith?
Who is Jesus?
Is the Bible just another book written by dead guys?

Visit the following link for more information

Texts for Confirmation

Looking for texts to use for confirmation certificates....



Monday, November 08, 2010

Christmas Drama: Three Trees

The 3 trees reader theatre gives congegations an opportunity to tell the Christmas story in a refreshing way http://www.instantred.com/weeklyred121303.htm

Connet 09 results in 5% increase in worship attendance

In 2009 the Sydney Anglicans embarked on Connect 09, with the motto Pray, Connect, Expect. This resulted in an increase of worship attendance of 5% for the year.
Stories, resources and other information available at http://connect09.sydneyanglicans.net/ and http://www.sydneyanglicans.net/ministry/connect09

Faith Basics course: notes and audio

The mission of St Thomas Lutheran Church (LCMS) offers a materials for a faith basics course...notes and audio are available for download at

An easy way to make short animated movies

If you can type there is an easy way to make animated movies using http://www.xtranormal.com
This could be ideal for a short script...to introduce a topic...or even a bible reading

New Confirmation from Sparkhouse (ELCA): ReForm

Sparkhouse has developed a new confirmation program.....
Here's what they say about it....

We wanted to create something that was engaging for teenagers, but not cheesy. (We love cheese…on crackers, not so much in our churches.) We know that youth today are fully capable of grappling with issues of faith and theology, so we wanted our curriculum to give them room for a good wrestling match. And, of course, we want to help youth leaders any way we can. That’s why we developed a curriculum that lets you lead an interactive confirmation class without a ton of extra work on your end. (You’re welcome!)

So what exactly is re:form confirmation? In three simple words, it’s a way for teens to:

In more words, that are slightly less simple: re:form is a curriculum comprised of three main components:

•Two DVDs with 40 hilarious animated short films that allow kids to encounter concepts from the historic Christian faith. These videos are designed not only to make kids think, but also to make them laugh. (Yes, we encourage laughter…especially in confirmation class!) You can watch some of our preview videos for re:form confirmation here. Be warned: you might laugh, too.
•The Anti-Workbook, which is exactly what it sounds like. It’s not a fill-in-the-blank, there’s-only-one-answer kind of workbook. In fact, it’s the opposite of that. It’s a place where kids can do activities that get them interacting with each other, and it’s a kind of journal to help them explore tough theological questions in creative ways. Whether they’re drawing, cutting and pasting, writing, or just thinking, the Anti-Workbook inspires kids to go a little deeper with their faith and theology.

•The Leader Guide, which will make you look like a superstar by providing the tools you need to help kids respond. You’ll help facilitate conversations—genuine conversations about what they think…not what you want them to think. Instead of giving them answers (which, let’s face it, a lot of us don’t really have nailed down anyway!), they’ll explore their faith and come to understand what they believe for themselves.
So there you have it. A brief (sort of) look at re:form confirmation.

For more information visit here