Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Anniversary curriculum helps children explore ‘the Brethren way.’

"Piecing Together the Brethren Way" is a curriculum resource for children, kindergarten through grade 5. It was published by the 300th Anniversary Committee and is available through Brethren Press for $49.95 plus shipping and handling, call 800-441-3712.

"Faith is like a quilt," said an announcement from the committee. "Each prayer we say, each person we encounter, each scripture passage we study, each experience we have, each song we sing are like patches added to a quilt, making it ever stronger and more beautiful. Our corporate faith is also like a quilt. The pattern of the Brethren quilt has been enriched through the years by faith-filled people, experiences, and principles. It is important that we help our children add these patches to the pattern of faith they are stitching together."

The curriculum encourages children to explore the marks and practices that make the Brethren expression of the Christian faith distinctive, and integrate them into their own walk with Christ. Marks and practices featured in the curriculum include the Believers Church, seeking the mind of Christ, counting the cost of discipleship, believers baptism, worship, the Love Feast, reconciliation, forgiveness, church discipline, nonconformity and simple living, peace and nonresistance, peace and justice, mission, service, health and wholeness, and call and vocation.

Designed with flexibility in mind, the 14 lessons in "Piecing Together the Brethren Way" can be used as a whole or selected sessions can be chosen. The lessons provide material adaptable for Sunday school, an after-school program, day camp, Vacation Bible School, or a once-a-month intergenerational program.

Source: 3/27/2008 Newsline Extra

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