Faith Formation Online

Children & Youth Ministry online and at home

As we all shuffle our usual in-person ministries to empower families for the work of faith formation in the home, we’ve compiled a list of great places for you to start. (just imagine how many new Sunday School teachers you could have once we’re able to meet in person again! All these families that have learned how to talk faith with children!)

  • Retired editor Sharon Pearson’s blog, Rows of Sharon, has long been a go to for all things formation. Her post on Keeping Faith at Home is full of all the resources you could hope for.
  • Faith@Home, a collaboration between Forward Movement and Forma, is usually a weekly, lectionary based resource for families. As of this week they are now offering daily activities and meditations.
  • Are you hoping to host more online meetings in the coming weeks but are unsure of what your best option is? The VTS office of Lifelong Learning is hosting Digital Ministry Open Office Hours with a rotating selection of experts.
  • Many folks are using social media to connect and feel less isolated. The parish of St. Matthew, in the Diocese of Los Angeles, is doing bedtime stories and prayers (in pacific time!) on their Facebook page. You can watch theirs or do your own variation.
  • Illustrated Ministry is great for those who enjoy the calm of coloring pages. They are providing free, weekly faith formation resources for ALL AGES!
  • To keep folks in the cycle of the church year, Family Ministry Tools has a great Lent in a Box series for families (cost ranges from $12 to $60 depending on the size of your congregation or if you're buying just for your family). They also have free activities posted, including Spreading Hope: Activities for Families Stuck at Home
  • If you are going to do Zoom meetings or other video conferences with youth please do not post the link directly to an open social media account. You need to verify who is on the call and who has access to your folks, especially if it is a group of minors. Just like adults allowed to volunteer in Sunday school or youth group, we need to have trained adults only on web calls.

Online Spiritual Resources

Whether sheltering in place or other times when technology can solve a problem, here are some great resources for continuing personal and group spiritual formation.

ChurchNext, a ministry of Forward Movement, has released a set of free courses: "Prayer and Worship in Our Homes".

There are other free courses available, or low-cost courses for either individuals or church groups:

The Thoughtful Christian has downloadable bible and topical studies that include an easy -to-follow leader guide and a learner guide at a reasonable price. Hold online meetings and email out the information to those in the group. They will have everything they need to follow the leader in an online course.

For opening groups with a short prayer and study, consider this excellent website from the Rev. Canon Dawn Davis which has a 10-15 minute bible study following the Sunday lectionary along with discussion and application.

Also from groups, consider using Daily Prayer for All Seasons which is available online. The pdf can be shared on a zoom meeting for everyone to follow along.

For some online prayer resources for individuals, consider these options:

And, as always, your Faith Formation Working Group are available to help you brainstorm, support your work, and pray for you. Get in touch if you need anything. Amy Cook, amyc@diocal.org and Caren Miles, carenm@diocal.org

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