Heart Healthy by Sharing Love

Thanks to Vernita Kennen of Incarnation Lutheran, ELCA, Shoreview, MN for sharing this Great Idea, via the St Paul Area Synod Newsletter! Kennen outlines various ways in which the consumerist - and highly food-oriented - nature of highlighted…

Shrove Tuesday Party Packs

Thanks to Building Faith and Faith Alive Christian Resources for sharing this Great Idea! "Many churches celebrate Shrove Tuesday with a big pancake supper. If your church does not do a pancake supper, or you know some families won't be able…

Countdown to Easter

This Great Idea coms from Jill Benson, a DWELL Curriculum Coordinator from Network, who wrote, Help Kids Count Down to Easter with a Simple Paper Chain. Benson asserts that the length of Lent can make it cumbersome and confusing for kids.…

Raising Voices; Raising Funds

Thanks to Patrick Senense and the Youth Group of Magnolia Park UMC for creating (and Christa Meland of the MN Conf. UMC for sharing) this Great Idea! In the MN Annual Conference UMC's newsletter (01.21.21), Meland writes: "Last summer,…

Shared Building Builds Community

Thanks to the MN Conference UCC for sharing this Great Idea! This is verbatim from the MN Conf. UCC weekly COMMAntary and website: Several years ago, Rev. Dr. Rachael Keefe, pastor at Living Table United Church of Christ in South Minneapolis,…

Brave Enough to See It; Brave Enough to Be It

The Ministry Lab's Director, Rev. Emily Meyer, made up this Great Idea after being "introduced" to Amanda Gorman in Rev. Elsa Cook's Pandemic Prayer for Epiphany 3 post on Jan. 19 - only to be bowled over by her at the Inauguration, the next…

Reconciling Community Art

This Great Idea was inspired by the mural created for the UMC's Our Movement Forward, 2019 summit. Communities are deeply struggling with hatred, racism, division, and Covid. How might your congregation be a place for open, honest conversations,…

Health and Human Service Day/Week

Thanks to the Council for Health & Human Service Ministries of the UCC for inspiring this Great Idea! CHHSM folks created a Special Worship Liturgy and Prayers to support a Health and Human Services Sunday, which they have designated…

Calm Yourselves

This Great Idea is sparked by Traci Smith's offering of two contemplative practices to soothe little ones in this time of tumult and anxiety. Traci Smith, author of Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home (Chalice) has offered…

African American History Stations

February is African American History Month. Ash Wednesday is February 17. These two things could/maybe should go together! Kick-start events with a robust celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Sunday, January 17. Check out our…