Category Archives: Lifelong Formation

Updated Lesson Plans That Work now available online

Lesson Plans that WorkIn response to our many users, we have given Lesson Plans That Work a new look and new resources.

The popular Lesson Plans That Work, an online resource from the Episcopal Church, has been updated and revised, now with three distinct tracts for younger and older children, and adults.

Lesson Plans that work are available at http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/lessons/.

Published by the Episcopal Church and written by experienced church school teachers, Lesson Plans That Work follow the Revised Common Lectionary, using practical approaches to respond to the needs of volunteer teachers.

Lesson Plans That Work consists of three lesson plans presented weekly: for young children, for older children, and for adults.

On the web, Lesson Plans That Work is easy to search by Season, Year A, B, or C, and by age.  Also newly added is a “Useful Links” section providing additional formation resources.

 

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Common Ground

As the Formation and Vocation Ministries Team continues to explore how we can empower ministries that bridge generation gaps, we are frequently blessed with stories of amazing transformation. Episcopal News Service correspondent Sharon Sheridan recently authored a story of an initiative in Alaska that demonstrates the power of finding common ground across generations, institutions, communities, and cultures.

“They say music’s a universal language. To the Rev. Belle Mickelson of the Diocese of Alaska, it’s also a healer and community builder.” – excerpt from ENS Correspondent Sharon Sheridan’s story

Photo from ENS story courtesy of Dancing with the Spirit

Click here to connect with the powerful story of transformation through music in which Mickelson has been a catalyst for invitation, inspiration, and transformation by discerning that amazing place where discernment leads to the good and right use of giftedness, passion, collaboration, and need.

Please join in our prayers of praise and gratitude for Mickelson’s faithfulness in following her call, and Sheridan’s faithfulness in sharing the story so that we all might be moved to find common ground to bridge the gaps that separate us from God and from one another.

If you have a story of transformation through bridging gaps, we want to help you share it. Please submit your story ideas to our team’s social media consultant Wendy@EpiscopalCommunications.com with “Episcopal Generations” in the subject line of your submission.

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Youth and Young Adult Formation Survey

The Episcopal Formation Collaborative is a new initiative of the Center for Ministry and Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary. We seek to gather, create, and critique resources and best practices in response to identified needs of Christian formation practitioners in the Episcopal Church.

The first initiative of the Episcopal Formation Collaborative will be to strengthen and grow Episcopal Christian formation ministries with youth (approximately 6th through 12th grades) and young adults (18 – 30 years); collectively known as young people.

We need your help and input so we know how best to serve you!
Complete the short survey to share what is working well, what resources you need, and what challenges you are facing in ministry with young people. This initial survey will close August 31, 2012.

Our vision for the Episcopal Formation Collaborative is to build on the strengths of the Episcopal Church in mission by:

  • Fostering an action-reflection model for lived faith and ministry that continually engages people of all ages and their leaders in the process of their own formation;
  • Gathering, creating, and promoting resources and methods that are Biblically sound and congruent with Episcopal theology; and
  • Offering ideas, tools, and best practices grounded in the baptismal covenant and honoring of cultural context.

Ultimately, our dream is to provide a dynamic environment in which church leaders are invited, inspired, and transformed to become hopeful, engaged, committed Christians in the world. For more information, please go to our website at http://episcopalformationcollaborative.org/.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for your help and we look forward to partnering with you in ministry.

The Rev. Shannon Kelly
Projector Coordinator and Curator  
Founder of Episcopal Formation Collaborative
shannon@episcoformation.org

Dr. Lisa Kimball
Principal Collaborator and Curator
Founder of Episcopal Formation Collaborative
lkimball@vts.edu

NOTE FROM FORMATION AND VOCATION MINISTRIES TEAM: Jason, Ruth-Ann, and Bronwyn are very aware of a great desire across the church for a central location for resources. We are also aware of many different groups and organizations that have passion on working collaboratively on such an initiative as well as resource development. Please contact us to get connected on this collaboration if you or your organization has positive energy and resources to share in this mission. Stay tuned and we’ll keep you up to date on developments!

 

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Falling into the Generation Gap VI

The newest installment in our series of comics illustrating the pitfalls and opportunities of intergenerational communication. Use them to start a conversation with someone in another generation!

What was your schedule like the year you were 6?  16? 26?  36? 46? 56? 66? 76? etc.

How has the schedule in your parish changed in the time you have been an Episcopalian? How have these changes contributed to or complicated the faith life of your community?

Are there other changes in the life of your congregation that you value? that confuse you? that you mourn?

How do “new” things, events, ideas, books, songs, words, …etc. contribute to or further complicate your faith? your ministry? your worldview?

How do “old” things, events, ideas, books, songs, words, etc. contribute to or further complicate your faith? your ministry? your worldview?

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Falling into the Generation Gap V

The newest installment in our series of comics illustrating the pitfalls and opportunities of intergenerational communication. Use them to start a conversation with someone in another generation!

In what situation(s) did you first become aware that something that used to be not okay, bad, wrong, rare and illegal has become okay, good, right, common and legal?

And, in what situation(s) did you first become aware that something that used to be – okay, good, common, right, or legal — has now become not okay, bad, wrong, rare, and or illegal?

Examples: Women’s Roles, Segregation, Smoking etiquette, recycling, homosexuality, etc.

How did you feel? what did you think? What did you learn from these awarenesses?

How do these kinds of change contribute to your faith? ministry? worldview?

How do these kinds of changes challenge your faith? ministry? worldview?

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Falling into the Generation Gap IV

The newest installment in our series of comics illustrating the pitfalls and opportunities of intergenerational communication. Use them to start a conversation with someone in another generation!

When have you had no clue what someone from another generation was talking about? Was that person younger or older? How did you feel?

When have been pretty sure that a person from another generation had no idea what you were talking about? How do you handle that?

Who is Lady Gaga and why does it matter if you don’t know? What difference does it make when both of you know who Lady Gaga is?

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Falling into the Generation Gap III

The newest installment in our series of comics illustrating the pitfalls and opportunities of intergenerational communication. Use them to start a conversation with someone in another generation!

What are the first television shows you remember seeing? Did they have a catch phrase? What messages did the show(s) carry for you?

How have the roles and expectations for women shifted in your lifetime?

Are there things you find funny that seem to fall flat or even offend people of other generations? Are there things that people of other generations find funny that you don’t get or that offend you?

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