Christian Formation


New Resource for Connecting your Graduating Senior to Campus Ministry

May 13, 2019
This year things have gotten just a bit easier connecting your graduating senior to a Campus Ministry. Last April I wrote a blog about how difficult it can be for incoming freshmen to get plugged into a faith community (which you can read here ) and how important it is for you...

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Prayer – Corporate & Individual, Practice, Spirituality

May 13, 2019
Prayer – Corporate & Individual, Practice, Spirituality Our Book of Common Prayer indicates prayer is “responding to God, by thought and by deeds, with or without words.” (Page 856) It is through our prayer that we form relationship with God. It is by of...

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Prayer

May 13, 2019
Prayer is at the center of our Christian life. It is what anchors us in Christ and to one another. Sabrina’s reflection on the importance and theology of prayer helps us to understand the roles of individual and corporate pray practices in the broader context of spirit...

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General Bible Overview

April 29, 2019
When I was doing church work, I always thought it strange that we would give our 3rd graders a Bible but never show them how to use it! We soon found a curriculum to study the Bible for the entire year. I also realized that as a child in the Baptist church, I learned the books...

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Dismantling Racism with Youth – Why It Matters

April 29, 2019
Dismantling Racism with Youth – Why It Matters Thirty-two youth and six adult sponsors planning to attend the Racial Reconciliation Pilgrimage in July gathered at The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in NW OKC in late March to take the Dismantling Racism Trainin...

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The Fabric of Faith: Practical Resources for Worship

April 16, 2019
Resources for Worship in the Episcopal church are as varied as the snowflakes. But having a list of some of those places that have been vetted make it easier to find something to use. While we will look at three distinct areas of Worship - Liturgical Season, Music, and Ritual...

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The Fabric of Faith: Formation & Worship

April 16, 2019
Over the past several months, Sabrina Evans (Director of Christian Formation) and Kate Carney Huston (Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministries) have worked on developing a new way of conceiving formation programming and activities in the Diocese. We have adopted a struct...

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The Power of the Village

March 28, 2019
My daughter and I recently moved from out in the “burbs” to be closer in to downtown OKC. We are renting from a dear friend (and fellow Episcopalian!) in an historic neighborhood. I’ve never lived in a house that was more than a decade older than me and this ...

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Adults Starting the Faith Conversations at Home

March 27, 2019
As adults, we want to provide the best spiritual foundation for our children as we can. But the issue is what’s the best way to do this? I encourage you to start thinking about your own Christian Formation. Did you go to church as a family? What do yo...

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Summer Ideas for Continued Formation

March 21, 2019
What Can You Offer in Summer? Looking to keep Christian Formation going during the summer? Looking for some suggestions to build community when some may be taking a break? Here are a few ideas: Movie night - These are possible to hold outside and make it a com...

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Small Churches and Formation

March 09, 2019
I have been doing some work with small Churches on how to begin a Sunday morning program of formation. The concern is how to divide up the adults to cover lessons for children and youth when there are a few adults to begin with. Probably the easiest way would be to look at ...

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Community, Reflection and Engagement: Opportunities for Youth

February 25, 2019
Youth programming in the Diocese is centered around three major goals.  First, to create a spiritual and life-giving community among young people centered in faith and living into the Baptismal Covenant.  Second, to create safe spaces for young people to explo...

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Why Learning Matters

February 25, 2019
Learning about our Christian and Episcopal Faith: Why It Matters Over the last two months, Sabrina Evans (Director of Christian Formation) and Kate Huston (Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministries) have worked on developing a new way of conceiving formation programming ...

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Learning About Our Faith

February 12, 2019
Learning About Our Christian and Episcopal Faith As a church, we need to know about where we came from and where the church is now going. The study of history is important because it can tell us how we evolved. It can tell us what decisions worked in particular situation...

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Camping for Everyone

January 30, 2019
For years, one of the most formative and spiritually-centering places in my life has been St. Crispin’s Camp and Conference Center. It’s where I have most strongly experienced God as a healing, reconciling, and moving force in my life. While as an adult I have fou...

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The Fabric of Faith: Weaving it all Together

January 30, 2019
Christian faith formation is the “lifelong journey with Christ, to Christ, and in Christ.” The Charter for Lifelong Christian Formation expands upon this definition to say that God invites us, inspires us, and transforms us when we actively engage formation in ou...

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The Fabric of Faith: First Threads

January 30, 2019
The Episcopal Church has two Charters regarding Formation in our churches: The Children’s Charter and the Charter for Lifelong Christian Formation. These were designed to help us realize that we are never finished with our formation, and we should all strive to continually...

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Safeguarding God’s Children and Safeguarding God’s People

January 28, 2019
Safeguarding God’s Children and Safeguarding God’s People are trainings centered on helping us in the Church create a safe environment for all people. In this way, Safeguarding is central to the call in our Baptismal Covenant to seek and serve Christ in all person...

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Involving Youth in Worship

January 03, 2019
As a youth growing up at St. John’s in Norman, my priest approached me with a question. Would I like to be a lay reader and would I like to get other youth to lay read too? I jumped at the chance. I loved to acolyte and I credit my excellent acolyte trainin...

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A Little About Me

January 03, 2019
My second day on the job, and we are under a winter storm warning. I’m sitting at my home computer with a hot cup of coffee laden with creamer (it has almond/coconut milk so it’s healthy, right?) and fuzzy socks on my f eet writing a blog to introduce myself to ...

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Preparing for NEXT Christmas - Activity Boxes/Bags/Totes

December 10, 2018
Christmas may be over, but it is never too early to begin preparing for NEXT Christmas! Take advantage of Post-Christmas sales now to stock-up on supplies for this year, and years to come! The idea of using “Busy Bags” (tote bags) or “boxes” is a ni...

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Let's Journey Together

December 09, 2018
Christian Formation resources specifically designed for small churches!  One of the things that is on my (Christian Formation’s) to-do list for 2019 is to provide specific formation resources for our small churches. With the new year right around the corner, y...

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New Resources

November 16, 2018
We have several new resources in the office that are available for sharing with our churches:  80 Creative Prayer Ideas – A resource for church and group use by Claire Daniel. It has ideas for setting up prayer stations, praying that involves the senses &n...

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Godly Play Develops "At Home" Lessons and Materials

September 13, 2018
To try and meet a need of Christian Formation in the home, a new book, Stories of God at Home, using the Godly Play method, has been authored by Jerome Berryman. A new webpage has been prepared to assist with these materials. On the Godly Play Resources page you can s...

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Do You Know - Liturgical Colors in the Church

July 19, 2018
  Most of you have a calendar at your home or at least on your phone. Did you know the church has a special calendar called a Liturgical calendar? The calendar is thought of in circular terms and has 52 blocks representing the weeks. There are three major...

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Being a Godparent

July 19, 2018
Our Book of Common Prayer has some instructions on Baptism regarding Godparents.  Sponsors of adults and older children present their candidates and thereby signify their endorsement of the candidates and their intention to support them by prayer and example in thei...

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Faith Formation After 70

June 06, 2018
Dorothy Linthicum writes this great article for Building Faith about Faith Formation After 70: Ministry with Older Adults. Click here to read the article!  Click here to subscribe to our Church Growth & Development newsletter!

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5 Types of Sunday School Curriculum

June 04, 2018
Before you read this article, please note these things: (1) There is no one official curriculum of the Episcopal Church. (2) There is no one "perfect" curriculum." Even curriculum written with an Episcopal slant may need to be adjusted to fit your church. (3) The D...

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Resources for Summer, Advent, and Lent

June 04, 2018
This summer, a friend of mine shared her 2018 Summer Faith On The Go Kits, a pineapple beach bag (even the bag has meaning) with suggestions and items for family prayer experiences. Last year’s sand buckets were popular; hope these are too! Using Salt Projects Sing! P...

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New Liturgical Calendars for 2018-19 Available

May 15, 2018
As we near the end of the current school year, some churches end their Christian Formation programming also. How do we begin to plan for the fall? First thing, make sure you have the current Liturgical Calendar. Sharon Pearson from Church Publishing updates this every ...

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Daily Examen

May 10, 2018
  The Following Article First Appeared On Building Faith and Is Reprinted With Permission. by Di McCullough "As you review the morning, afternoon, and evening, notice moments of love and grace." What Is A Daily Examen? So many of us go to bed at night ...

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Explaining Apps & What Our Kids Are Using

April 16, 2018
One of the hardest issues for adults and their children is the good use of cell phones and their apps.  Appsolutely April is a website that helps parents have a better understanding of what apps kids are using and some insight into different settings on phones.&nb...

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