Resources for Faith Formation Online This is list is designed for children, youth, parents and all ages to download free resources you might use at home. Ministry leaders might want to directly share these links through emails, social media or text messages.
Faith Finder Fun: Mon-Sat Videos: Backyard Monday, Treasure Tuesday, Creative Wednesday, Magic Thursday, Science Friday and Random Sat.
Morning Watch:Daily videos with scripture/song/prayer - one for everyone, one specifically for kids and families. (From 2 ELCA pastors in NC)
...for students, parents, teachers and school staff. The NE MN Synod youth ministry leaders have been discussing how we can wrap the decisions and discussion on school for this fall in faith language, to support and pray for students, parents, teachers, administrators and all school staff. We offer these prayers for you to use personally, as part of worship, or through social media. Our prayer is these resources will help ground our conversations around school in faith, hope and love.
Praying with Words You are invited to pray for the diverse concerns students, families, leadership and staff carry into this fall. This prayer was compiled from youth ministry leaders and written by Katie Rich, Director of Youth and Family Ministry, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Duluth, MN. Praying with Words (PDF) Video of NE MN Synod Youth Ministry Leaders Praying with Words Discussion Idea: Invite older youth to print off the prayer, and as you read/watch, underline or circle words or phrases that stand out to you. Then as a family or youth group, discuss why you chose those words/phrases and what they mean to you.
Praying with Ritual You are invited to use this ritual prayer with your child, grandchild, and children you care for as you prepare for and respond to the decisions on how school will be offered this fall. This prayer was written by Katie Rich, Director of Youth and Family Ministry, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Duluth, MN. Ritual Prayer with Instructions (PDF) Video Introduction and Example of Ritual Prayer
Praying with Images You are invited to pray with these images of empty school spaces as we prepare for and respond to the decisions on how school will be offered this fall. Photography and video credit to Pastor Tim Berdahl, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Duluth, MN. If you are interested in putting together a slideshow with images from your local schools, you can download the audio file of “Be Thou My Vision” here. Video of Image Prayer
Brainstorming Conversations Throughout this year we will have brainstorming conversations around ministry during COVID-19. These conversations use the expertise of those in the room to share goals, ideas and resources. Notes from some of the conversations are posted below! Stay tuned for more Brainstorming Conversation in the coming months!
Network Meetings for Faith Formation Leaders Every Thursday*, 10:30am (For Volunteers, Paid Youth Directors, Pastors) Ministry has changed drastically, and the work you are doing to support youth and families is critical. Join other youth workers to support each other, share ideas and resources, pray and laugh together. *We occasionally use this time for Adult Training for the Synod Journey Ministry Meetings and/or Brainstorming Conversations. Changes to regularly scheduled meetings will be noted below.
Southeastern Synod Webinar: Children and Youth Ministry in Uncertain Times Featuring Ms. Rachel Alley (ELCA Program Director for Youth Ministries), Ms. Janelle Hooper (ELCA Program Director for Children's Ministries), and Ms. Dawn Rundman (works on a team that develops resources for kids, youth, and adults published by Sparkhouse and Augsburg Fortress)
Please note: You are welcome to use any of the resources in this toolkit with the exception of the videos by Rachel Kurtz. Out of respect for her as a professional musician, please contact Rachel if you'd like her to create videos for use in your congregation.
Vacation Bible School Resources These are resources available from a variety of organizations. Some have been formatted for online use, some could easily be adapted. Resources should always be proofed for your context and theology!