Newly Discovered Advent Resources for Children (great for Sunday School)

November 15, 2012

Given my infrequent blogging these days, I don’t check our site stats too often, but tonight I happened to look at incoming links to Lent & Beyond, and I’m glad I did.  I just discovered two wonderful compilations of Advent Resources for Children – either for use at home, or especially, in Sunday School Classes.

For very young children, there is this compilation of craft & activity ideas:

For middle primary aged children, there is this compilation:

[Update:  I was concerned to see that this second compilation included instructions for creating Tibetan prayer mandalas, originating from a Catholic website in Australia.  I would steer clear of that personally, but all of the other linked resources look to be quite solid, and I don’t want to avoid this very valuable compilation because of the one worrisome link.  I try to be careful in what I link, but please use prayerful discernment in evaluating and using resources which we link from other blogs or websites, and please know that a link to a given site does not mean that we at Lent & Beyond endorse everything posted at that site.]

For tonight, I’ll leave it at that.  But as I explore more, I may post more about individual craft or activity ideas listed at the “Ways to Teach” site.

As always, I’d be thrilled to get reader comments and recommendations about Advent crafts, activity ideas, family traditions, etc.  Also, please share your advent blogging requests and suggestions on the thread I posted earlier this week.  Thanks!


ACNA Diocese of Mid Atlantic: Intercessory Prayer Workshop – Talks available online

November 15, 2012

A while back, I posted a notice here about an Intercessory Prayer workshop in the ACNA Diocese of the Mid Atlantic.

The talks from that workshop are now online.  You can get more details and find all the links here. 

Here’s a partial listing of what’s available:

  • A full listing of all the workshop talks and Q &A’s are here.

South Carolina convention

November 15, 2012

Psalm 111:7-10 (NIV)

The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.

Father, we thank You for the testimony of Your works.
They are established for ever and ever,
enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.

You are worthy of trust, in all places and at all times. You are worthy of trust in the Diocese of South Carolina.
He provided redemption for his people;
he ordained his covenant forever—
holy and awesome is his name.

We proclaim Your holy and awesome Name over the Diocese of South Carolina.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise.

Grant to the upcoming convention in South Carolina, first and foremost, a fear of the Lord. Amen.

James 1:1-8

November 15, 2012

James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings. (James 1:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to be faithful and true servants of Jesus.

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. (James 1:2-3)
      Lord Jesus Christ, help us keep our attention on you as we go through the trials that lie ahead.

But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:4)
      Holy Spirit, you led the Children of Israel through the wilderness; lead this diocese and Bishop Bill through the wilderness that the Episcopal Church has become. Bring us to that maturity and perfection that come from trusting your guidance.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5)
      Father, please give Bishop Bill and the leaders of this diocese wisdom in dealing with the attacks from the national church.

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. (James 1:6)
      Holy Spirit, please help us ask in faith, never doubting in your guidance and love.

For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:7-8 )
      Jesus, we pray for the double-minded among us — those who claim to be part of your church, yet they call evil good and good evil. Have mercy on us and on them. Thank you.

A word received: Look to me; I AM the way through your troubles.

Thursday: [83] or 23,27 * 85, 86; Joel 2:21-27: James 1:1-15: Luke 15:1-2,11-32
Friday: 88 * 91, 92; Joel 2:28-3:8: James 1:16-27: Luke 16:1-9

Albany Intercessor

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