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“Traditionally during Lent, I tell my granddaughter, Chloe, the story of Holy week while she enjoys opening the Resurrection eggs that her mother made when she was in elementary youth group. Last year after helping to color the posters of the stations of the cross during Lenten worship, Chloe, 3 years old, wanted to see them in the sanctuary during Holy Week. We walked through them twice while I told her the story of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter.”

“In the fall, we were playing school and teacher, and Chloe told me and her dolls the complete Holy Week story. She had vivid memories from April with one change – the fairies rolled the stone away and found the tomb empty.”

“This Lent, she is very concerned that we will not have time to do the Resurrection Eggs or the Stations of the Cross. I assured her, we will keep this tradition.”

One of the great milestones in the life of the Christian Church is Holy Week. During this week we focus on the last week of Jesus’ life up to the crucifixion. The suffering and death of Jesus display the depths of his deep love for us and the determination to draw our sin to himself and free us with his forgiveness. Each station of the cross depicts a moment of love portrayed from Scripture. Our stations include the Biblical text, a devotion, and a picture (right) which many people from Bethlehem helped color in preparation for Holy Week last year. All are welcome to walk the Stations of the Cross. You’ll find the schedule to the right. You may find, like Chloe did, that the Stations of the Cross make Jesus’ Passion powerfully memorable for you, too.

"The church is a living partnership between the ministry of the congregation and ministry of the home." Milestones Ministry

VIBRANT FAITH MINISTRY - What it means for our congregation

We are convinced that faith is formed by the power of the Holy Spirit through personal, trusted relationships, often in our own homes. Our experience is that the church is a living partnership between the ministry of the congregation and the ministry of the home. More and more we are seeing that where Christ is present in faith, home is church, too. As we think about our personal journeys and watch those of others we notice that faith is caught more than it is taught. It has also become clear to us that if we want Christian children and youth, we need Christian adults.

With this framework in mind we follow Four Keys for Practicing Faith:

Caring Conversations are the basis for those personal, trusted relationships.

Devotions are away to practice the presence of God through the Word of God.

Service to one’s neighbor is a calling that expresses the love for others that God has placed in us and gives us moments to be faithful to that calling.

Rituals and Traditions create patterns of behavior that reinforce the presence of God and communicate meaning for our lives.

This is the Vibrant Faith Framework that informs our ministries and our lives and which places Jesus Christ at the center of all we do in this congregation and in the homes of those who are connected to us.

Five Principles for living and passing on faith

1. Faith is formed by the power of the Holy Spirit through personal trusted relationships - often in our own homes.

2. The church is a living partnership between the ministry of the congregation and ministry of the home.

3. Where Christ is present in faith, the home is church, too.

4. Faith is caught more than it is taught.

5. If we want Christian children and youth, we need Christian adults.

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