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Vibrant Faith Ministry:

SUMMER FAITH FORMATION

Many Bethlehem members use the Taking Faith Home (TFH) inserts to foster faith formation in the home. TFH inserts also are a great way to foster faith formation in the summer while people are busy with sports, camping, vacationing, etc. Not every part of TFH needs to be used by everyone. The following examples are ways in which Bethlehem members use TFH inserts. Our hope is that you’ll be inspired to use them differently this summer.

Denny and Mary Jo use TFH for their morning devotions, including the Daily Bible Readings, Scripture Verse for this Week, Prayer and Blessing.

Wiley reads the Daily Bible Readings for each day of the week.

Megan reads the Scripture Verse for this Week and creates artwork in her journal.

Mary Jo likes to do the Service opportunities as she’s able.

Barb uses the Caring Conversations during family mealtime.

Karen uses different parts of TFH for her Celestial Choir devotion.

Zachary uses the Prayer for the Week at the close of Chancel Choir.

Several BLC Mission Councils use parts of TFH as devotions for the beginning of meetings.

Robin leaves a copy of TFH near her purse, so that she can say the Prayers and Blessing as she heads out the door.

BLC staff use TFH for staff meeting devotions.

Do you have a story or idea to share from your experience using TFH? Be sure to share them with family, friends, and members of BLC.

Need more fun faith formation ideas for summer? See the display in the Church Lobby for several compact, handy tools for on-the-go worship and faith forming ideas perfect for adults, youth, children, and families.

BIBLE CAMP BLESSING Going away to camp provides an opportunity for campers to learn about themselves and have a place apart - place away from home, school, and extra-curricular activities. Being in nature, developing a community life of faith with peers and camp counselors, exploring the meaning of Christ in their lives and in their world, and experiencing faith through conversations, devotions, and other activities all build upon their faith life.

We invite campers and families to use the Bible Camp Blessing, available on the Summer Faith Formation display in the Church Lobby, to build on that faith forming experience. We hope this Milestones 4 Key guide will reinforce faith formation between Bible camp and the home, congregation, and world.

Sharing the story:

RITUALS & TRADITIONS After doing the Stations of the Cross during Holy Week, Chloe knew that wasn’t the end of the story. I told her there would be one last poster and we would see it Easter morning. Easter morning was busy with Easter breakfast, worship, and singing in choirs. By the time her parents were ready to leave, we had not visited the last poster. I reassured her that it would still be up the next time we were at the church because Easter is more than one day, it is a whole season in the church year. The next Saturday, Chloe’s birthday party was at the church. Before her friends arrived, we had to read the poster a couple of times. Chloe knows the Holy Week and Easter story and enjoys the tradition of doing the Stations of the Cross with her grandma. - Barb Davison

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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