Christian Formation

Christian Formation expands our minds, shapes our hearts, and builds God’s kingdom. The Christian Formation Office is here to provide the support you need for Children, Youth, Young Adults, Adults, and Generations in community together.

There are lots of Christian Formation resources available on our website, why not check them out?

If you have questions contact Kim Snodgrass, Assistant to the Bishop for Christian Formation.

Shift towards Virtues

Three-Minute read. We can shift from the things that seek our own will, distorting our relationship with God and all creation. God is calling us to a life of holiness and virtue. By redirecting our attention to building up the seven virtues, over time God frees us from bothersome chains.

Holy Week at Home

Six-Minute read.
In any other year, we would all be saying, “Go to church, experience all Holy Week has to offer!” This year, attending in person will not be an option for everyone. Still, we can incorporate the rhythm and customs, the experience and blessings, into Holy Week at home.

Everything Holy Update

Two-minute read.
The response to Everything Holy has blown past all expectations in the first two months! If you are already participating, thank you for your support, not to mention the encouragement and excitement this brings to the creative team.

Pursuing Wisdom

One-Minute read. If you’re looking for a roadmap of how God designed the world to work, and practical day-to-day guidance, wisdom literature can make life more acceptable, especially when it doesn’t appear to be going that way.

Challenges ahead in March

One-minute read. A reminder about the Everything Holy project. Inviting God into everyday life experiences is transformational; unexpected moments can become holy.

Lenten resource recap

One-Minute read.
Finalizing decisions for Lent? It’s not too late to creatively incorporate resources that are online, downloadable, easily sharable and ready in a jiffy!

More Lenten resources

One-Minute read. More Lenten options for households and congregations; meaningful ways to mark the days of Lent beginning with Ash Wednesday at Home, a free printable resource.

Creative Ideas for a COVID 19 Ash Wednesday

One-Minute read. Living Church recently published a whole host of liturgical responses to the Imposition of Ashes this year. Creative thinking can make this Ash Wednesday something really meaningful in the midst of COVID 19 restrictions.

A Jar of Blessings

One-Minute read. Is it ever too late (or too soon) to incorporate a good idea?

Come, Pray

One-Minute read. After the last year in which churches around the world have been closed and congregations scattered, the SSJE Brothers invite you to “Come, Pray.” Join them in receiving the daily gift of prayer – at home or wherever you find yourself.

Episcopal Relief & Development Focuses on Lament in 2021 Lenten Meditations

Three-minute read. In response to the past year’s unprecedented events, Episcopal Relief & Development’s 2021 Lenten Meditations share deeply personal reflections on the theme of lament from a diverse group of writers. Many of the authors share experiences related to a variety of issues, including disease, violence, racial injustice, and poverty.

Tell Me Something Good

One-Minute read. Needing some good news? The Episcopal Church has got you covered!

The Church Year

Four-minute read. If you are new to the Episcopal Church, and even if you are not, the changing colors of the robes the clergy wear, the names and reasons for the changing seasons can be quite mysterious. Especially confusing is the way the seasons move around the calendar seemingly at random from year to year. Well, here are some answers!

A Beginner’s Guide to The Book of Common Prayer

Six-minute read. Things I wish I’d been told when I first became an Episcopalian. The Book of Common Prayer can appear quite daunting at first. The good news is that with regular use it becomes very familiar.

Epiphany; truth becomes clear

Two-Minute read. When things suddenly become “clear” you see the world through different eyes. An Epiphany is not only a season, but something to welcome.

Mini-Habits and the Big Journey

One-Minute read. Small, positive behaviors that you force yourself to do every day increase mindfulness, willpower and lead to long-term results. Basically, small steps can be transformational.

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