September 2014

Family and Children's Ministries Newsletter

Our Fourth E-Newsletter

So: What Now?
Since there are so many new additions to this newsletter that we find important, we just want to encourage you to really look over it and discover the amazing resources, events, and ministries that you can help everyone be a part of each day!

Upcoming Events...
Light a Candle for Children 2014
September 14-October 19, 2014
Join us this fall in Days of Prayer for Children concluding on Children's Sabbath Sunday on October 19th. See the sidebar below for more information or check out the Light a Candle for Children website.

Preparing for Children's Sabbath
October 19, 2014
Dear Lord be good to me. The sea is so wide and my boat is so smallLight a Candle for Children moves us towards the Children's Defense Fund's Children's Sabbath on October 19th. 
This year's theme is “Precious in God’s Sight: Answering the Call to Cherish and Protect Every Child,” and the free resource manual from Children's Defense Fund provides all you need — planning tools, service of worship, and educational and advocacy resources — to observe Children's Sabbath in your place of worship.
For more information and to download free National Observance of Children's Sabbath resources, click here.

We'd love your feedback on these resources. Please share with us stories of how your church uses Light a Candle and celebrates Children's Sabbath. Contact Jessica Kramer with stories, photos, or other feedback.

Stillspeaking Worship Institute: An opportunity to explore inclusive worship
(Learn more in the sidebar below.)
PARABLES - October 26, 2014 @ Wayzata Community Church
Wayzata, MN

View the event website for more information.

Let Them All Come - November 8 - 9, 2014 @ Wash Park United Church of Christ
Denver, CO
View the event website for more information.

Save the Date: Faith Forward 2015 (Don't Miss It!)
April 20-23, 2015  in Chicago, IL
St. James Cathedral and Commons
Click here for more information

Kids to Kids Urgent Project: Children at Our Southern Borders
You may have already checked out our resource for helping kids at the border. Help is still needed. Take a look at our project guide for concrete ideas on how to help and how to explain these difficult current events to children in a kid-friendly way.

Ongoing Events... Check out what is coming to your area!
Children Worship & Wonder Story Teller Trainings
Coming soon to… Tulsa, OK; Overland Park, KS; Jeffersontown, KY (Louisville area); Newport News, VA; and Erlanger, KY.
Click here for the complete schedule and to register.
Or contact Jessica Kramer to schedule a training in your area.

Children's Disaster Service - Volunteer Trainings
Workshops coming soon to… Honolulu, HI; North Manchester, IN; and Portland, OR.

See the Children's Disaster Services site for registration.

AUCE (Association for United Church of Christ Educators) Events - Membership not required
       PNEUMA 2014 Conference
       October 13-16, 2014
       Zephyr Point Conference Center in Lake Tahoe, NV
      More information and registration here.
      October 14-16, 2014
      Techny Towers Retreat Center in Chicago, IL
      Contact the Great Lakes Region for registration info.

GenOn Trainings
LOGOS: Weekly Intergenerational Experience
"Equip faith communities and families to develop lifelong disciples of all ages."
Coming soon to… Hostein, IA; Peralta, NM; and Guelph, Ontario.
See for more.

Vibrant Faith @ Home: Workshops for Young Adults, Parents, and Leaders and 21st Century Faith Formation will tour again in 2015!
Stay tuned for updates from us or at the Vibrant Faith website.

General Assembly 2015 in Columbus, OH: SOAR!

Registration is now open for General Assembly, July 18-22 2015 in Columbus, OH, and we're busy planning plenty of intergenerational events, including a Family Friendly Luncheon sponsored by Disciples Home Missions.
Disciples Youth have been busy as well: Check out  the Youth Planning Committee's new music video, "Break Free" or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

National Youth Event in 2016
Mark your calendar for July 26-29, 2016 for a joint National Youth Event hosted by the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at Disney World's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Florida! Need we say more?

Connect with us!
We love hearing about you and your local ministry. Share with us so we can share what you are doing with others:

Facebook: Disciples Care for Children Group
YouTube Channel: Families and Children DHM
Pinterest: @disciplesfcm
Twitter: @Fam_ChildrenDHM



Family and Children's Ministries, Disciples Home Missions in partnership with the United Church of Christ, Faith Formation Team

P.O. Box 1986
Indianapolis, IN 46206

Rev. Olivia Stewart Robertson
Rev. Dr. Olivia Bryan Updegrove
(UCC) Rev. Dr. Katherine Epperly