WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE FAITH FORMATION RESOURCES? 

Please E-mail LivingSkiesYAYA@united-church.ca and let’s add them to our list!

Remember to check out UCRD: United Church Bookstore

At-Home Resources during COVID-19

First Third Ministry Network of the Pacific Mountain Regional Council (UCC)

Faith@Home Kits 
These kits are designed to encourage and excite families in your community of faith to share, engage and create.  There are prayer practices and activities simple for families to do that foster all ages in their connection with God.  There are suggestions for ways in which we can live out our lives as disciples of Jesus.

Resources for Online Gatherings – Youth, Children, All Ages
Downloadable program outlines for online Children’s Church, Youth Groups, and All-Ages Gatherings.

 

The GO Project (www.thegoproject.ca)

The Creation Story Curriculum
From The Creation Story to Annual Subscriptions, The Go Project has created resources to help navigate this challenging time.  Lessons are divided by age: grades 1-7 and grades 8+ \.
Check them out at UCRD: https://ucrdstore.ca/search?type=product&q=go+project

 

Curriculum & VBS

Sunday School & Church School (multiple age categories)

Deep Blue Kids: One Room Sunday School: www.deepbluekids.com

Seasons of the Spirit: www.seasonsonline.ca

Whole People of God: www.WholePeopleofGod.com

Rotation.org: Workshop Rotation Model: www.rotation.org

Season of Creation (Uniting Church of Australia): www.seasonofcreation.com

Illustrated Ministry: www.illustratedministry.com

Sparkhouse: www.wearesparkhouse.org

The GO Project – The Creation Story Curriculum: https://ucrdstore.ca/search?type=product&q=The%20go%20project&fbclid=IwAR2qO6_fqoKq9oDMnnbEl9sNgKG_ttuXOgkuTQeDAHL7-GQigJ63lTun_bw

Messy Church: www.messychurch.ca

Practical Resources for Churches: www.prcli.org/on-demand-webinars/sunday-school-curriculum/

 

Youth Group Curriculum

“Echo the Story” & “re:form” from Sparkhouse Publishing www.wearesparkhouse.org/store/category/286820/Youth

“Jesus 24/7: A Short Course in Christian Faith for the Questing Youth” by David Bruce https://ucrdstore.ca/collections/books/products/jesus-24-7-youth-a-short-course-in-christian-faith-for-the-questing-youth

 

Vacation Bible School

Cokesbury Publishing produces new VBS curriculum each year.

Illustrated Ministry has released “Compassion Camp” as an at-home, virtual VBS during the time of COVID and physical distancing.

 

Feeling kinda overwhelmed?  Here’s a helpful Curriculum Evaluation Tool (pdf – UCC)

Facebook Group: First Third Ministry Association of the United Church of Canada

Confirmation & Faith Study

Confirmation
“Making Disciples Confirmation Series” by William H. Willimon https://ucrdstore.ca/collections/books/products/making-disciples-confirmation-series-coordinators-guide-leader

“Jesus 24/7: A Short Course in Christian Faith for the Questing Youth” by David Bruce https://ucrdstore.ca/collections/books/products/jesus-24-7-youth-a-short-course-in-christian-faith-for-the-questing-youth

“Leap in Faith: A Confirmation Resource” ed. Leslee Alfano, Noelle Bowles, Rick Garland https://ucrdstore.ca/collections/books/products/leap-in-faith-a-confirmation-resource

“Faith Formation in a Secular Age: Responding to the Church’s Obsession with Youthfulness” by Andrew Root

 

Faith Study
Sparkhouse Publishing has a number of great curricula for different ages: https://www.wearesparkhouse.org/

GROUP’s “Fearless Conversation: Adult Sunday School & Small Group Bible Study” https://www.group.com/category/ministry-resources/adult-ministry/sunday-school.do

Children's Time & Story-Telling

Storytelling Methods & Ideas

Godly Play: an innovative method of faith formation.  Experience faith-building stories through intentional storytelling and imaginative wondering.

Worshiping With Children Blog: Ideas for including children in the congregation’s worship, using the Revised Common Lectionary

Flame – Creative Children’s Ministry Blog: Hands-on activities & resources to incorporate art into Children’s Ministry

“Children’s Spirituality (What it is and why it matters)” by Rebecca Nye.  An introduction to children’s spirituality, mixing theory with tips on best practices.

 

Inter-Generational Programs

Mid-Week Programs

Messy Church: equips churches to minister to families for whom traditional Sunday worship is no longer a viable option

Ideas Hub: Free ideas for Sunday and midweek groups and all-age services

Available from St. Andrew's College Library (to be updated Oct 2020)

St. Andrew’s College Library is developing an excellent resource centre for Faith Formation materials.  It’s a work-in-progress, but all materials from the Saskatoon Theological Union libraries are available to the public.  More information about how to search and reserve these resources will be coming in October 2020.

Just to provide a bit of taste in the meantime though, Katelyn (St. A’s Library Technician) has provided links to the following catalogue lists:

Children’s Ministry: https://saskatoon.mlasolutions.com/m5/cat_data/bibliographies/71-4-232-44-235-patron-stand/childrens%20ministry.html

Youth Ministry:  https://saskatoon.mlasolutions.com/m5/cat_data/bibliographies/71-4-232-44-235-patron-stand/youth%20ministry.html