Noticing Gave us a LIFT

It started with some noticings. We noticed that our Sunday morning church school attendance was getting smaller. We noticed that children were attending less frequently—we’d have a child in class one Sunday and then not see that child again for the next three weeks....
In the Heart of the City

In the Heart of the City

Old Stone Church in Cleveland, Ohio has been meeting on Public Square in the heart of downtown Cleveland since 1820. Incorporated as the First Presbyterian Society in 1827, its first permanent building was dedicated in 1834. The church has maintained its place as “a...
In the Heart of the City

What happens when church doors are opened?

Many congregations today find themselves questioning their purpose. With Christianity on the decline in the global north, the obvious question of most churches is, “How will we survive?” A deeper question that surfaces is, “What is our mission?” Congregations that ask...

The Labyrinth, A Prayer Practice for All Ages

Meg Scott-Johnson and Glynden Bode offered a workshop at APCE 2019 Annual Event on creating your own labyrinths. Participants first practiced drawing three-circuit and seven-circuit designs, then walked across the street to the beach where they created these...
Intergenerational Morning of Mission

Intergenerational Morning of Mission

by Corrie Berg An intergenerational day of community service. All hands needed. All ages welcome. What could be better? It punches all the Christian education tickets. It mixes the young and old, includes our children in the gospel-mandate to care for others, and...