May 2014

Family and Children's Ministries Newsletter

Our Second E-Newsletter

Welcome to Round II of our newsletter! We want to encourage you to really take time to read and explore the links below.

So: What Now?
You will see some repetition in these newsletters because we are in the midst of changing church when it comes to faith formation. The groups, curriculum, and events we lift up are all part of a paradigm shift.... (Read more.)

Do You Pinterest?
You can now follow Disciples Family & Children’s Ministries to share and exchange the best ideas for ministry, in-home faith activities, and more. Join us!

Follow us on YouTube
Bookmark or subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep up with our growing list of video recommendations.

Upcoming and New Events...

Quadrennial Assembly - June 25-29 in Atlanta:
"I see you. . . " in the plenary hall Family Space. Come and find us (your Family and Children's Ministry team) during worship events. We are also leading several workshops and can be found at the Disciples Home Missions booth area.

Children's Disaster Service Volunteer Trainings Workshop dates available in summer and fall in various locations. (Scroll down for more information on this new collaboration.)

Ongoing Events... Check out what is coming to your area!

Vibrant Faith @ Home: Workshops for Young Adults, Parents, and Leaders
"Designed to give leaders strategies and tools to empower families to grow in faith at home."
Coming soon to…  Twin Cities, MN; Tomohawk, WI; Dallas, TX; and Houston, TX.
See for more.

21st Century Faith Formation
"The Vision and Practice of 21st Century Faith Formation" is a three-day interactive educational program for pastors, faith formation leaders, and staff in all Christian congregations.
Coming soon to… Minneapolis, MN; Bozeman, MT; Dayton, OH; Kansas City, MO; Princeton, NJ; and Avon, CT.

Children Worship & Wonder
Story Teller Trainings

Coming soon to… Atlanta, GA; Dallas, TX; Murray, KY; Jeffersontown, KY (Louisville area); and Newport News, VA.
Click here for the complete schedule and to register.
Or contact Jessica Kramer to schedule a training in your area.

Children's Disaster Service
Want to be a volunteer? Want a job?

Family and Children's Ministries has been participating with other general ministries and the Church of the Brethren to organize assistance for those with children and families during disaster response with a special focus on expanding services in the Gulf Coast region. (Click here for the press release).

When a disaster strikes, volunteers are needed. If you are interested in being trained as a volunteer, check out the following training opportunities. You can also read more from Children's Disaster Services on what it takes to be a volunteer and what you will learn at a volunteer workshop.

Please also let us know if you are participating or plan to participate in this important ministry.
Workshops coming soon to… Victor, NY; North Manchester, IN; and Portland, OR.
See the Children's Disaster Services site for registration.


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