Advocate | Winter 2015
Experimenting Our Ways into New Ways

Rethinking Summer Mission Activity: The Mission Un-Trip

by Brittany Porch Upon canceling our summer mission trips due to Covid-19, the church Session committed to an alternative mission experience for our youth that was safe and offered a meaningful service experience. To pull this off, I had quite the task set before me....

Lessons Learned from Virtual VBS

As churches have made adjustments to their regular Christian education programming since the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Advocate blog (and APCE leaders) have offered suggestions for program adjustments. We thought we’d follow up with one congregation who...

Leaning Out, Letting Go

By Kathy L. Dawson As educators, we know that there are certain times in the liturgical year that are busier than others. The cycle of Lent to Holy Week to Easter to Pentecost tends to be one of those periods of intense activity and for good reason, as this is the...

Improvise

Improvise

By: Many years ago I worked for an interfaith organization in some of the toughest neighborhoods in Houston, Texas.  Our goal was to help congregations connect with their communities. One of the congregations we partnered with overlooked a building that had been...

Finding Space for New Ministries

Finding Space for New Ministries

By: When I began working as a youth director in the church 14 years ago, I had a list of things I thought all youth should know about God. I found curriculum and experiences that helped me check off this rigid list, congratulating myself on graduated seniors that...

Thin Places in Digital Spaces

Thin Places in Digital Spaces

By: Kimberly Knight Imagine the scene at our church on any given Wednesday. As people begin to arrive, prelude music  is  playing softly while candles flicker and float in a pool of water. This group has been worshipping together for over a year now, and their joy...

Learning by Letting Go

Learning by Letting Go

By: Cynthia Campbell Kids and parents arrive for a new and exciting Advent Workshop  that’s been promoted and advertised. But what they find is not so exciting—only a couple of tables with craft projects set on them. Along the walls of the room are boxes full of other...

Go Ahead, Try It

Go Ahead, Try It

By: Zeta Lamberson Experimentation is at the heart of creative education. We have good news to share, and there are a multitude of ways to share our story. Good educators know that what works in one context does not necessarily work in another. So we find ourselves...

Abundant Grace Dinner Church

Abundant Grace Dinner Church

By: Kristie Webb Finley Abundant Grace Dinner Church in Plainsboro/West Windsor, New Jersey, has a vision: In the abundant grace of God, guided by the example of Christ's love, inspired by the Holy Spirit, we gather together around the table to worship, feeding the...

Claiming Sacred Space at the Bar

Claiming Sacred Space at the Bar

By: Danny Trapp Holding a worship service in a bar or restaurant is not a new concept. Google “church at a bar” and you’ll find examples across the country—in Missouri, Virginia, Georgia, and Texas to name a few. Something is happening in Charlotte, North Carolina, at...

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