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Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia
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Christian Formation for Families & Children
Our Diocese supports children and family formation including Christian eduction. Here are some resources that may help you with Sunday School and other Christian formation activities.

 

 

Godly Play

Godly Play is a Montessori-based program for children’s spiritual formation. Please call Teresa at Church Publishing at 620-635-4018 to order Godly Play materials. Learn more about Godly Play here.


Online Resources

Episcopal Relief & Development's Abundant Life Garden Project curriculum program is an interactive Scripture-based instructional program offered to parishes, teachers, groups, families and others who seek to share the ministry of Episcopal Relief & Development with elementary age children. This resource is a very flexible, low-cost program that can be implemented by any Episcopal parish, no matter its budget. The curriculum is based on the work and mission statement of Episcopal Relief & Development, along with the Baptismal Covenants of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church. The goal of the program is that children will become more aware of the overwhelming needs of others in the world, link these needs to stories in the Bible and work towards addressing the needs of the world, both as individuals and in community.

Episcopal Relief & Development has a brand new "Blessing of the Animals" module of the Abundant Life Garden Project, available free on their website. This module is a Children's Chapel Liturgy of the Word, designed specifically for St. Francis Day and specifically for children. It includes child-friendly prayers, a homily, discussion questions and suggestions for outreach activities.

Stewardship resources for children

Faith & Family: Pint-Sized Prayers is a 14 minute podcast available on YouTube that shares how to teach your children the importance of prayer.
 

Books

Seamless Faith: Simple Practices for Daily Family Life is a book with dozens of simple practices to equip families of all kinds with the tools they need to bring faith home.

Faith at Home: A Handbook for Cautiously Christian Parents will help parents learn this "second language" and introduce it to their children in simple, meaningful, concrete ways. You can preview it here.

 

Basic tools for raising children in the faith

Stages of Faith

Erik Erikson's personality stages

Guide for writing a faith statement

Resources for the Family

 

Last Published: December 20, 2016 9:30 AM