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Published by Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary, Building Faith is trusted by Christians from a wide variety of denominations. At Building Faith you’ll find articles, advice, reviews, success stories, and seasonal ideas for Christian formation with people of all ages. Whether you are a formation professional, volunteer, parent, teacher, clergy, or parish staff, we are here to serve

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Prayers for Memorial Day 05/10/2021

Prayers for Memorial Day

"Remembering their sacrifice, we rededicate ourselves to the tradition of courage that you, our Lord, have instilled in us." Prayers for Memorial Day.

Prayers for Memorial Day "Remembering their sacrifice, we rededicate ourselves to the tradition of courage that you, our Lord, have instilled in us." Prayers for Memorial Day.

What Does This Day Mean? Reflections for Pentecost at Home 05/10/2021

What Does This Day Mean? Reflections for Pentecost at Home

One-page handout for Pentecost helps all people better understand the symbols of the Holy Spirit and its work in our Church.

What Does This Day Mean? Reflections for Pentecost at Home One-page handout for Pentecost helps all people better understand the symbols of the Holy Spirit and its work in our Church.

Being a Top-Notch Hybrid Church Masterclass 05/08/2021

Being a Top-Notch Hybrid Church Masterclass

We firmly believe that the digital church is here to stay. But what's the best way to do online and in-person worship? To answer this question, TryTank offers this masterclass on two consecutive Wednesdays, June 9 and June 16, from 12 - 3 p.m. EST (9 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST).

Being a Top-Notch Hybrid Church Masterclass Learn practical tips from area experts on best ways to do online and in person worship. How to be a to be a "top notch hybrid church".

Pentecost in a Box 05/07/2021

Pentecost in a Box

Four at home activities for the celebration of Pentecost. Includes interactive storytelling and ideas for take-home boxes.

Pentecost in a Box Four at home activities for the celebration of Pentecost. Includes interactive storytelling and ideas for take-home boxes.

Celebrating Ascension Day at Home 05/07/2021

Celebrating Ascension Day at Home

It is no small thing that Christ - even in his resurrected form - chose to spend his last days walking on terra firma with his friends and family.

Celebrating Ascension Day at Home It is no small thing that Christ - even in his resurrected form - chose to spend his last days walking on terra firma with his friends and family.

Pentecost for kids 05/06/2021

Pentecost for kids

A beautiful video from Alison Juurinen to help you share the Pentecost story at church or at home. Her article also includes a Pentecost children's sermon and Pentecost activity idea for church or home.

https://buildfaith.org/pentecost-video-and-activities/

Pentecost for kids A quick and easy explanation about what Pentecost is.

Webinar Thursday, May 20th: Visual Media for Inspiration and Engagement 05/06/2021

Webinar Thursday, May 20th: Visual Media for Inspiration and Engagement

Join us for our next webinar about using visual media for church communications! So excited to learn from Mary Button & Jo Nygard Owens!

Webinar Thursday, May 20th: Visual Media for Inspiration and Engagement This webinar offers guidance for faith communities on using visual media for communication, inspiration, and engagement.

Christian Formation & Discipleship Open Office Hours 05/05/2021

Christian Formation & Discipleship Open Office Hours

Join our Christian Formation staff for Open Office hours tomorrow from 1:00-2:30PM EST. Office Hours provide an opportunity for church leaders (lay professional, ordained, or volunteer) to discuss a new idea, ask church ministry related questions, learn about new resources, or just find a supportive sounding board. Drop in and chat with us!

Christian Formation & Discipleship Open Office Hours Office Hours

6 Resources for Teaching The Ascension 05/05/2021

6 Resources for Teaching The Ascension

How do we understand the Feast of the Ascension, which we celebrate 40 days after Easter? This post offers explanations, crafts, and links.

6 Resources for Teaching The Ascension How do we understand the Feast of the Ascension, which we we celebrate 40 days after Easter? This post offers explanations, crafts, and links.

Intentional Vacation Bible School Planning Addresses Issues of Justice in Our Community 05/04/2021

Intentional Vacation Bible School Planning Addresses Issues of Justice in Our Community

Vacation Bible School presents the perfect opportunity to address justice issues intentionally in our local context. Here are a few recommendations.

Intentional Vacation Bible School Planning Addresses Issues of Justice in Our Community Vacation Bible School presents the perfect opportunity to address justice issues intentionally in our local context.

05/04/2021

A timely offering from a friend of Lifelong Learning!

A timely offering from a friend of Lifelong Learning!

Three Teaching Points for Trinity Sunday 05/04/2021

Three Teaching Points for Trinity Sunday

There can be a certain hesitation or even intimidation when it comes to talking about the Holy Trinity. Here are three teaching points to consider.

Three Teaching Points for Trinity Sunday There can be a certain hesitation or even intimidation when it comes to talking about the Holy Trinity. Three teaching tips to consider.

05/03/2021

Dear Building Faith community,

We recently posted an article with some activities that used balloons. One of our readers rightly pointed out that using balloons provides an opportunity to communicate about the ways we are call, as Christians, to care for creation.

Whether you use balloons inside or outside, please make sure they end up in the trash can. When released into the air outdoors (intentionally or unintentionally) balloons often end up in the natural environment. This contributes to the pollution of creation and is often harmful to wildlife.

We'll post some resource links from our reader in the comments! As always, we appreciate your feedback.

The Building Faith Team

Dear Building Faith community,

We recently posted an article with some activities that used balloons. One of our readers rightly pointed out that using balloons provides an opportunity to communicate about the ways we are call, as Christians, to care for creation.

Whether you use balloons inside or outside, please make sure they end up in the trash can. When released into the air outdoors (intentionally or unintentionally) balloons often end up in the natural environment. This contributes to the pollution of creation and is often harmful to wildlife.

We'll post some resource links from our reader in the comments! As always, we appreciate your feedback.

The Building Faith Team

Visual Media for Inspiration and Engagement 05/03/2021

Visual Media for Inspiration and Engagement

Visual media rank among the most engaging forms of content in digital spaces, but it can be a challenge for faith communities to navigate. Our next webinar, May 20th at 3:00pm (EST) will address just such challenges!

Visual Media for Inspiration and Engagement Visual media rank among the most engaging forms of content in digital spaces, but it can be a challenge for faith communities to navigate.

3 Teaching Points for Pentecost 05/03/2021

3 Teaching Points for Pentecost

Pentecost is a game changer. The Holy Spirit fulfilled Jesus' promise and launched the church. Here are key teaching points and practical ways to celebrate.

3 Teaching Points for Pentecost Pentecost is a game changer. The Holy Spirit fulfilled Jesus' promise and launched the church. Here are key teaching points and practical ways to celebrate.

Prayers for Mother's and Father's Days 05/03/2021

Prayers for Mother's and Father's Days

We want to celebrate mothers and fathers, and yet, we recognize that for some these days can be painful and difficult.

Prayers for Mother's and Father's Days We want to celebrate mothers and fathers, and yet, we recognize that for some these days can be painful and difficult.

Being a Top-Notch Hybrid Church Masterclass 05/02/2021

Being a Top-Notch Hybrid Church Masterclass

We firmly believe that the digital church is here to stay. But what's the best way to do online and in-person worship? To answer this question, TryTank offers this masterclass on two consecutive Wednesdays, June 9 and June 16, from 12 - 3 p.m. EST (9 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST).

Being a Top-Notch Hybrid Church Masterclass Learn practical tips from area experts on best ways to do online and in person worship. How to be a to be a "top notch hybrid church".

Pentecost.mp4 05/02/2021

Pentecost.mp4

Some fun facts and a craft for Pentecost from StoryMakers NYC!

Here's the blog: https://www.storymakersnyc.com/sparks/2021/4/29/pentecost?fbclid=IwAR08OE0X_Ff_OQWmmFdIfsSRnQFqYihjbms8yeH6bJVQFU-ATkL85xmxjGE

Pentecost.mp4 CRAFT AND LESSON

Ascension Through the Eyes of a Child 04/30/2021

Ascension Through the Eyes of a Child

The concept of Jesus saying goodbye to the disciples and ascending to God in heaven is an opportunity to offer to children the importance of how we live our lives on earth.

Ascension Through the Eyes of a Child Jesus saying goodbye to the disciples and ascending to God in heaven shows children the importance of how we live our lives on earth.

A Call to Worship for the Day of Pentecost 04/30/2021

A Call to Worship for the Day of Pentecost

A prayer to use on the Day of Pentecost for worship. Can be used as call-and-response, by the whole congregation, or individuals.

A Call to Worship for the Day of Pentecost A prayer to use on the Day of Pentecost for worship.

Planning for the 2021-2022 Program Year 04/29/2021

Planning for the 2021-2022 Program Year

A planning process for the 2021-2022 program year grounded in your ministry mission, informed by logical assumptions about what lies ahead, and flexible enough to pivot if needed.

Planning for the 2021-2022 Program Year A planning process for the 2021-2022 program year grounded in mission, informed by logical assumptions about what lies ahead.

Pentecost for kids 04/29/2021

Pentecost for kids

A beautiful video from Alison Juurinen to help you share the Pentecost story at church or at home. Her article also includes a Pentecost children's sermon and Pentecost activity idea for church or home.

https://buildfaith.org/pentecost-video-and-activities/

Pentecost for kids A quick and easy explanation about what Pentecost is.

Christian Formation & Discipleship Open Office Hours 04/28/2021

Christian Formation & Discipleship Open Office Hours

Join our Christian Formation staff for Open Office hours tomorrow from 1:00-2:30PM EST. Office Hours provide an opportunity for church leaders (lay professional, ordained, or volunteer) to discuss a new idea, ask church ministry related questions, learn about new resources, or just find a supportive sounding board. Drop in and chat with us!

Christian Formation & Discipleship Open Office Hours Office Hours

04/28/2021

We have been getting a lot of requests for resources around talking to children about race. Check out this webinar that connects children's literature with conversations about race and justice.

Using Books to Engage Young Children in Talk about Race & Justice: Part 2
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 @ 8:30 pm ET

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9awc1IJQRMGlq5d7O261og

We have been getting a lot of requests for resources around talking to children about race. Check out this webinar that connects children's literature with conversations about race and justice.

Using Books to Engage Young Children in Talk about Race & Justice: Part 2
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 @ 8:30 pm ET

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9awc1IJQRMGlq5d7O261og

Celebrating Ascension Day at Home 04/28/2021

Celebrating Ascension Day at Home

It is no small thing that Christ - even in his resurrected form - chose to spend his last days walking on terra firma with his friends and family.

Celebrating Ascension Day at Home It is no small thing that Christ - even in his resurrected form - chose to spend his last days walking on terra firma with his friends and family.

Building Faith's Top Picks for Children's Ministry Curriculum 04/27/2021

Building Faith's Top Picks for Children's Ministry Curriculum

Looking for the “best” curriculum for your children's ministry? There are many options from a variety of publishers and denominations. The right choice depends entirely on your context and goals. Here's a list of Building Faith's favorite curriculum options based on theology, availability, and pedagogy.

Building Faith's Top Picks for Children's Ministry Curriculum Looking for the “best” curriculum for your children's ministry? Here's a list of Building Faith's favorite curriculum options.

Intentional Vacation Bible School Planning Addresses Issues of Justice in Our Community 04/27/2021

Intentional Vacation Bible School Planning Addresses Issues of Justice in Our Community

Vacation Bible School presents the perfect opportunity to address justice issues intentionally in our local context. Here are a few recommendations.

Intentional Vacation Bible School Planning Addresses Issues of Justice in Our Community Vacation Bible School presents the perfect opportunity to address justice issues intentionally in our local context.

Webinar: Just Faith Formation: Liberative Practices for Faith Communities with Justice at the Center 04/26/2021

Webinar: Just Faith Formation: Liberative Practices for Faith Communities with Justice at the Center

Webinar recording and resource list now available!

Webinar: Just Faith Formation: Liberative Practices for Faith Communities with Justice at the Center This webinar will discuss concrete ways for incorporating justice into our life of faith and bringing our faith into our community organizing.

A Model for Mother's Day: Julian of Norwich 04/26/2021

A Model for Mother's Day: Julian of Norwich

We can guess at the relationship Julian of Norwich had with her mother, for this mother-love becomes the matrix through which Julian comes to understand God’s tenderness and passion for her.

A Model for Mother's Day: Julian of Norwich We can guess at the relationship Julian of Norwich had with her mother, for this mother-love becomes the matrix through which Julian comes to understand God’s tenderness and passion for her.

Being a Top-Notch Hybrid Church Masterclass 04/26/2021

Being a Top-Notch Hybrid Church Masterclass

We firmly believe that the digital church is here to stay. But what's the best way to do online and in-person worship? To answer this question, TryTank offers this masterclass on two consecutive Wednesdays, June 9 and June 16, from 12 - 3 p.m. EST (9 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST).

Being a Top-Notch Hybrid Church Masterclass Learn practical tips from area experts on best ways to do online and in person worship. How to be a to be a "top notch hybrid church".

At Home Activity: Pentecost Fire Sticks 04/26/2021

At Home Activity: Pentecost Fire Sticks

A Pentecost activity for church or home that connects to scripture.

At Home Activity: Pentecost Fire Sticks A Pentecost arts and crafts activity for church or home that connects to scripture, John 14:15-20 and Acts 2:1-4.

Rogation Days: Celebrating God's Creation 04/25/2021

Rogation Days: Celebrating God's Creation

"Rogation" comes from the Latin rogare, to ask. These days were originally set aside as time of prayer for bountiful harvests on land and sea. They have been expanded and are now times of prayer for commerce and industry and for the stewardship of creation.

Rogation Days: Celebrating God's Creation "Rogation" comes from the Latin rogare, to ask. These days were originally set aside as time of prayer for bountiful harvests on land and sea. They have been expanded and are now times of prayer for commerce and industry and for the stewardship of creation.

Pentecost Activity: Tongue of Fire Hat 04/23/2021

Pentecost Activity: Tongue of Fire Hat

On Pentecost we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. These tongue of fire hats connect to the Bible story in Acts 2.

Pentecost Activity: Tongue of Fire Hat On Pentecost we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. These tongue of fire hats connect to the Bible story in Acts 2.

Prayers for Mother's and Father's Days 04/23/2021

Prayers for Mother's and Father's Days

We want to celebrate mothers and fathers, and yet, we recognize that for some these days can be painful and difficult.

Prayers for Mother's and Father's Days We want to celebrate mothers and fathers, and yet, we recognize that for some these days can be painful and difficult.

God’s Pride: Creating a sense of belonging in one Episcopal Church 04/22/2021

God’s Pride: Creating a sense of belonging in one Episcopal Church

God’s Pride is a month-long pride celebration that creates space for people to bring their whole-selves to church, especially Latinx/Queer-identified persons.

God’s Pride: Creating a sense of belonging in one Episcopal Church God’s Pride is a month-long pride celebration that creates space for all, especially Latinx/Queer-identified persons, to belong at church.

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Building Faith offers practical resources for faith formation with children, youth, and adults. A ministry of Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary, Building Faith is trusted by Christians from a wide variety of denominations. At Building Faith you’ll find articles, advice, reviews, success stories, and seasonal ideas for Christian formation with people of all ages. Whether you are a formation professional, volunteer, parent, teacher, clergy, or parish staff, we are here to serve you, as you make and form disciples of Jesus Christ. You can browse and search Building Faith online for free, and subscribe for free to receive each new article by email.

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Iglesia de Dios"El Sinai" Iglesia de Dios"El Sinai"
3421 Franconia Rd
Alexandria, 22310

Este portal a sido creado con el proposito de dar conocer las buenas nuevas de Jesucristo a toda la humanidad.

Praise Chapel International Praise Chapel International
Woodlawn Elementary School 8505 Highland Ln
Alexandria, 22309

God is doing a NEW THING. Our God is a God of restoration. Joel 2:25-27

Saint Louis Youth Ministry Saint Louis Youth Ministry
2907 Popkins Ln
Alexandria, 22306

St. Louis Youth Ministry invites high school youth into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ in the midst of our parish community.

St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, Alexandria, VA St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, Alexandria, VA
8531 Riverside Rd
Alexandria, 22308

Welcome to St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, a warm and welcoming place no matter where you are on your faith journey.

CRBC NextGen Ministry - Grades 1-12 CRBC NextGen Ministry - Grades 1-12
6811 Beulah St
Alexandria, 22310

Student Ministry of Calvary Road Baptist Church (Grades 1-12)

Alexandria Free Methodist Church Alexandria Free Methodist Church
4901 Polk Ave
Alexandria, 22304-2243

Founded in 1888

Mount Vernon Spanish SDA Church Mount Vernon Spanish SDA Church
2001 Sherwood Hall Ln
Alexandria, 22306

We are the official page of the Mt. Vernon Spanish Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Alfred Street Baptist Church Women's Ministry Alfred Street Baptist Church Women's Ministry
301 South Alfred Street
Alexandria, 22314

Welcome to the Women's Ministry of Alfred Street Baptist Church!! Pastor - Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley Presiding President - Rev. Montrez Nicholson

Youth of Saint Clement Youth of Saint Clement
1701 N Quaker Ln
Alexandria, 22302

Primera Iglesia Bautista de Groveton Primera Iglesia Bautista de Groveton
6511 Richmond Hwy
Alexandria, 22306

Somos el pueblo de Dios que profesamos la fe en Jesucristo. Cuerpo de creyentes bautizados adorando al Dios vivo en el poder del Espíritu Santo.

Franconia United Methodist Church Franconia United Methodist Church
6037 Franconia Rd
Alexandria, 22310

We're a mid-sized church serving the people of the greater Franconia-Kingstowne area community.

New Life Tabernacle COGIC New Life Tabernacle COGIC
6925 University Dr
Alexandria, 22307