As we are all spending more time at home either by ourselves, with family or with friends, we wanted to offer resources for faith formation and enrichment at home. If you have resources you think we should add, please email us!
Free Resources from Church Publishing
As congregations, families, and individuals seek to live faithfully in these uncertain times, Church Publishing Incorporated is working to support you. We are making available an easy-to-navigate PDF version of the Book of Common Prayer, and other free resources for devotional use.
Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, well-known author and retreat leader, offers Living in Lent, meditations on the hymns of the season. “I hope that you find yourself humming familiar tunes to yourself as you read, and that this condition persists for the rest of the day,” writes Crafton. Those who have known the hymns forever as well as those who are new to these verses will find them, and Crafton’s meditations on faith, prayer, forgiveness, healing and more, an excellent companion for these important seasons of the year.
For children, Karin Holsinger Sherman offers Candle Walk, a beautiful illustrated picture book that prepares children for sleep by taking them on a candlelit wander through the woods and inviting them to experience the Compline, a centuries-old practice of contemplative evening prayer. Appropriate for toddlers through elementary aged children, Candle Walk is a wonderful way to prepare children for sleep, assured of the nearness of God. The Order of Compline from The Book of Common Prayer is also included at the back of the book.
What We Do in Lent is a activity and coloring book that is available for free download through April 15, 2020.
We are thankful to both authors for helping us to share their books digitally, and hope you will support them.
These free resources are available until April 15, 2020. Please visit www.churchpublishing.org to learn more and for a full list of resources.
Holy Week at Home
Holy Week and, in particular, the Paschal Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, are the climax of the Christian year. They are our annual pilgrimage by which we return to the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This year, because of the novel coronavirus, we must make that pilgrimage in our homes instead of together in church.
Keeping Faith at Home
Keeping Faith at Home is a collection of resources for those doing faith formation at home that is curated by Sharon Ely Pearson on her website Rows of Sharon. Her website is a place to share passion and insights for those who care about lifelong Christian formation – or at least to listen in to someone who is on a journey of self-reflection in the midst of being called to the ministry of Christian formation as a lay person.
Coronavirus, Anxiety, Children And The Church
A great article with concrete ideas from Building Faith. With an increase in the number of churches suspending the common cup and even canceling services in response to COVID-19, there is need to discuss the long-term impact of how we manage and narrate pastoral responses to this pandemic, particularly where children are involved, so as to not allow adult anxieties to take over the story.
Connected in Common
The Episcopal Diocese of Colorado has created a wonderful online resource hub, Connected in Common, that has worship, prayer, formation, and other resources for both individuals and community.
Faith at Home
Our faith is not just something we check in with on Sundays; our faith is how we live lives of meaning and purpose every day of the week, if we will learn to notice and respond to how God is moving. But this awareness, like anything worthwhile, takes practice. Which is why a weekly discipleship practice of Reading, Reflecting, and Responding to scripture in the context of community is so important.
The devotions on Do Faith at Home have been written with this practice in mind. Use them with friends or family to help you deepen your experience of faith experience from Monday-Saturday.
Tucked in Bedtime Stories and Prayers
Each Wednesday evening, and occasional Mondays, join us to hear Bible and other stories and short bedtime prayers.
Illustrated Ministry Free Resources
Illustrated Ministry is supporting local congregations and families, as we all work to flatten the curve amid a COVID-19 pandemic, by providing free, weekly, faith formation resources for all ages.
- free, downloadable, and easy to access
- a simple but meaningful way to engage faith
- quality materials from a trusted company used by thousands of churches from over 60+ denominations around the world
Lesson Plans that Work
These lesson plans are written by experienced church teachers using practical approaches to respond to the needs of volunteer teachers. They are designed to follow the Revised Common Lectionary and published by The Episcopal Church.
Bible Studies that Work and Sermons that Work
For more than 20 years, Sermons That Work, a ministry of the Episcopal Church’s Office of Communication, has provided free sermons, Bible studies, bulletin inserts, and other resources that speak to congregations across the Church. Our writers and readers come from numerous and varied backgrounds, and the resources we provide are used in small house churches, sprawling cathedrals, and everything between.
The devotional experience at D365.org is written especially for youth and young adults, seeks to provide reflections on themes that impact our faith journey. We are happy to say that d365 is read by over 2,000 people each day, throughout 74 different countries! We hope this experience will create a quiet space in your life for meditation and prayer. It is written in conjunction with The Episcopal Church’s Office of Youth Ministry, the Presbyterian Church USA, and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
Way of Love Resources
As we spend more time at home this Lent, this could be a wonderful time to explore the practices of The Way of Love. Scroll down the page and click on each practice to find resources for various age groups. You can explore these as an individual, as a family, or online with friends.
Online Stations of the Cross
We have curated a list of ways to experience the Station of the Cross online.
Scripture and Art
Looking for Art that might go with scripture?