Please Pass the Faith:
The Art of Spiritual Grandparenting
By 2030, almost one-third of North Americans will be over age 65. How will this affect the church? Author Elsie Rempel believes that the swelling ranks of new seniors represent a huge spiritual resource. In Please Pass the Faith she draws from real life and from Christian formation experts in helping seniors and other adults foster relationships with children and youth. She also offers practical ideas for integrating children and youth into church life-all the while nurturing one's own spiritual life as an elder.
Also see related 15-minute Church Matters podcast.
Also see related 15-minute "Shaping Families" MennoMedia podcast.
"Mennonite Church Canada Formation is celebrating. We are pleased to announce the publication of Please Pass the Faith: The Art of Spiritual Grandparenting by Elsie Rempel, Formation Consultant. Using stories, personal experiences and theological reflection, Elsie shares her wisdom about how grandparents (whether biological or honorary) can pass on the faith. In the process, seniors will discover that their faith can in turn be shaped by the young people in their lives. This timely new book, published in partnership with MennoMedia, encourages older adults to embrace their role as sages, mentors, and guides. I recommend this highly accessible resource for group study and personal enrichment" -- Dave Bergen, Executive Minister, Mennonite Church Canada Formation
2013 Witness Worker Update:
Up-to-date information on Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers.
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Being a Faithful Church Bundle (2009-2012):
Documents 1, 2, 3, 4, 4.1
This paper includes 5 parts:
- Part 1: Testing the spirits in the Midst of Hermeneutical Ferment - March 2009
- Part 2: “Peace Church” as “Pacifist Church” - July 2010
- Part 3: A Plan to Discern Faithfulness on Matters of Sexuality - July 2011
- Part 4: Using the Bible in Helpful and Unhelpful Ways - July 2012
- Part 4.1: Exercising Our Interpretive Muscles: Testing our Interpretive Framework - September 2012
Leap in Faith:
Glimpses of Spirituality and Beliefs
Discover eight faith traditions, all now common in Canada.
Watch the entire video or break it into faith chapters with discussion after each.
Invite representatives of each tradition to take you beyond the introductions found in Leap in Faith.
Understand differences and discover similarities.
Share in wishes for peace and compassion for all.
Breathe It In:
God Gives Life
Breathe It In invites children in early childhood through grade 5 to discover the life-giving breath of God! Through Bible stories of breath and wind, children will explore how God's own breath was used to create people, and how the wind of the Spirit helped the young church to grow. As they participate in lively worship, music, Bible memory, and creative response activities, children will understand that God is the giver of life and is present with us.
Breathe It In is organized around five daily themes, adaptable to a traditional vacation Bible school program or to a 12-session midweek or club plan. Each theme introduces a new Bible story through worship, singing, and drama. After hearing the story, children participate in activities and responses to help them create deeper understandings and connections with the overall theme. The all-in-one boxed set includes everything needed for planning and preparation: two copies of all leaders' guides, and one copy of every classroom, promotional, and student resource. All items also available separately. Order extra leaders' guides, CDs, and posters for each classroom, and one student book for each child.
Odette Mukole L Mukanzo
Odette landed in Montreal,Canada in 2000. Her great-grandfather was a Mennonite. Today she lives in Winnipeg and helps other newcomers adjust to life in Canada. You don't have to have a certain kind of surname, eat specific ethnic foods, or dress a certain way to be a Mennonite.