We understand that this time of year can bring up very complex emotions and faith questions, and that it can be difficult to articulate such questions and concerns to your youth and families without some guidance. We hope that these resources will help do just that--support and guide you as you engage in deeper prayer and more effective worship and study.
The Holy Herald
Some of you may have seen this resource from the Office of Youth Ministry during Advent earlier this year. Starting on Ash Wednesday, February 18th, youth and adults can sign up to receive daily Scripture readings and prayers, all in 140 characters or less! The Scripture verses will be sent directly to your phone or email inbox in the morning, and prayers will arrive in the evening. You can find more information on the Youth Ministry website.
Living Compass provides an array of resources that can be tailored to the needs of adults, parents, teens, and congregations. Focused on health and wellness, they are known for their wellness assessment, which explores the state of overall well-being by exploring four key areas: heart, strengths, mind, and soul. For Lent, they are providing a devotional and program guide that can be used by individuals or groups. It features the voices of ten guest writers from the across the Episcopal Church, all exploring the theme of "Practicing Resilience with All Our Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind." To learn more and download the materials, visit their website.
Episcopal Relief and Development
Episcopal Relief and Development encourages your parish to commemorate Episcopal Relief and Development Sunday on the first Sunday in Lent, February 22, 2015, or at some other point throughout the season. To help your parish remember those in need, they are providing Lenten Meditations (available in both English and Spanish), as well as a bulletin insert, prayer card, pew envelope, and bookmark. The devotional will focus on the empowerment of women through increased economic opportunity and strengthened communities. For more information, visit their website.
Society of St. John the Evangelist
The Brothers of SSJE have provided a series of short videos to be viewed once a day for five weeks. They encourage us to reconsider the subject of time--something we often view as a source of stress and fear, but God considers a holy gift. To join the brothers on this journey to reclaim the joy of time, look here.
For more information on any of these resources, or to hear about others that could be of use to your family and congregation, please be in touch with us at the Office of Youth Ministry.