Five Favourite Children’s Bible Story Books

Your Advocate Ministry Team has been enjoying sharing our series of five favourites with you this summer. Today’s list of five favourite children’s bible storybooks took very little time to assemble as we kept interrupting each other trying to get our personal...

Five Favourite Children’s Picture Books

Over the next several weeks, we, members of the Advocate Ministry Team, will be sharing our five favorite things. These articles are meant to be interactive. Each time we post an article, we will share our favorites, and then we will ask you to add your own favorites...

I’ve Always Wondered…

I’ve Always Wondered… About how we are really formed in the life of the Christian faith About how faith is nurtured and supported About who among us has gifts for spiritually being with children and youth I’ve been thinking and writing about this for a long time...

An Advocate Anthology: Simple Things

Here we are at the conclusion of our Advocate theme, ‘Simple Things’. When we initiated this topic a few weeks ago we received more comments than usual. Everyone seemed to agree wholeheartedly with Beth’s acknowledgement of how exhausted and...

Simple Things: A Story Journey

“We’re doing a Story Journey tomorrow to go along with our church’s yard, garden and bake sale. We’re featuring Laura Alary’s book, What Grew in Larry’s Garden. We’re so excited.” My good friend, Laura Duggin, minister...

Simple Things: A New Arena for Simpler Sundays

It’s Sunday morning and the youth Sunday school teachers are MIA. It’s Sunday morning and the children’s Sunday school teachers are accounted for, but no young people are to be found. It’s Sunday morning and traditional Sunday school has become a thing of the past. If...

Simple Things: A Pre-School Tweak

If there is one thing we’ve learned as Christian educators during this pandemic, it’s that many of our parents were ill-prepared to take on the role of being faith-formers at home when our church buildings closed and our church programmes were shuttered. And, it...

An Easter Prayer

Happy Easter! The Lenten season and the celebration of Easter happens to coincide very nicely with spring when everything that has either died or is dormant comes to life again. It is as if nature itself is embracing the power of the “resurrection” by...

Won’t You Be My Neighbour?

Happy Mr. Roger’s Day! It is not only a beautiful day in the neighbourhood, it is a beautiful day to go out and meet our neighbours. Mr. Rogers was above all else a good neighbour; more important than being a teacher and entertainer of children (and even their...

An Advocate Anthology: Lent

These past few weeks the Advocate has been reflecting on Lent. If you missed out reading any of these articles, or just want to revisit a thought or idea one more time, here are the first few lines for each posting with links attached to the titles that will that will...

What Will We Tell the Children?

by Tori Smit It was a Good Friday service I will never forget. I was perhaps eight or nine years old and since children in my church rarely joined the adults in the sanctuary for any part of worship going to worship on Good Friday was a very big deal for me. I wanted...

Poetry of a Lenten Journey

  by Rev. Dr. Patricia Dutcher-Walls Isaiah 43:14-21 Using words that resound with hope in the face of suffering and uncertainty, Isaiah 43 is one of this year’s lectionary texts for Lent. Reading this poetry with an eye to its themes and poetic beauty can...

An Advocate Anthology: 2022 Annual Event

Are you getting excited? In less than three short months our APCE Annual Event will take place in Chicago. And it won’t be just any annual event, it will be a spectacular anniversary celebration as we come together for APCE’s 50th – plus one. So,...

Clouds of Witnesses Blown by the Spirit

by Joyce MacKichan Walker, Princeton NJ Almost a year ago, in an Advocate article titled, “The Role of Advocacy for Educators in the PC(USA),” I wrote: Advocacy is something you do until what matters – what is flawed or broken or unjust or simply “not right” – is...

What Will the Soundtrack Be For the Church in This Generation

Lift Every Voice and Sing!  En la lucha hay vida! No matter what people say, you are a child of God! On April 16, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr., wrote from his jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama, that “our destiny [that of Black Americans] is tied to America’s destiny.” ...

Circle of Faith: 50 years + one and beyond

 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us” Hebrews 12:1. From an early age, we understand...
An Advocate Anthology: Advent

An Advocate Anthology: Advent

Advent is coming! Let’s get ready! These four wonder-filled articles featured in the Advocate over the past few weeks are designed to help you prepare for the season of Advent. If you missed out on reading them before now, we invite you to grab a tea or coffee...