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Resources for Devotion and Study during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Devotion for April 5, 2020 Palm Sunday

Here is a simple reflection on palms and Palm Sunday during this time of pandemic written by Rev. Garland F. Pierce. It offers some theological reflection and a couple of practical ideas for celebrating Palm Sunday as we follow the recommended actions of the health authorities. This resource can be used with the Palm Sunday resources provided by the AMEC Publishing House (www.iamame.org) as well as the litany coming from Bishop Adam J. Richardson, our Senior Bishop.

Devotion for Sunday, March 29, 2020

This meditation prepared by Rev. Garland F. Pierce can be used corporately or for an individual’s devotional time. It is based on Ezekiel 37:1-14, one of the lectionary readings for Sunday, March 29, 2020.

Ezekiel 37:1-14 Family and Children’s Game

This low-tech activity based on Ezekiel 37:1-14 is a fun and simple little game that children can play. Families also can play this game as a part of devotional time.

Ezekiel 37:1-14 Children’s Activity (with instructions in multiple languages)

Here is a low-tech activity based on Ezekiel 37:1-14. This simple craft activity is a fun way to introduce the story of Ezekiel in the Valley of Dry Bones.

Fitness Sunday at Home

First AME Church: BETHEL, led by Rev. Dr. Henry A. Belin III, pastor, for some time has made the fifth Sunday of the month FITNESS SUNDAY. The congregation dressed in casual and workout attire joins in worship and takes a moment in the service to engage in a bit of low impact fitness training, led by choir soloist and personal trainer, Kevin Watson. During the Coronavirus Pandemic as we all practice “physical” distancing, Mr. Watson prepared a short video of low impact exercises with a smile so that the congregation can continue to move and worship on Fitness Sunday and any other time while members shelter in place. We share it as a resource for others to use as they stay active during this time.

Devotion for Sunday, March 22, 2020

This meditation prepared by Rev. Garland F. Pierce can be used corporately or for an individual’s devotional time. It is based on Psalm 23, one of the lectionary readings for Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Psalm 23 Challenge

Psalm 23 is probably the most beloved and well known passage of scripture, perhaps because of its power to bring comfort and assurance. The AMEC Department of Christian Education challenges us to flood emails and social media with this psalm in many languages and forms during this pandemic so that others might receive a message of comfort and assurance.

Devotion for Sunday, March 15, 2020

This meditation prepared by Rev. Garland F. Pierce can be used corporately or for an individual’s devotional time.  It is based on Romans 5:1-11, one of the lectionary readings for Sunday, March 15, 2020

Devotional and Study Ideas during the Pandemic

At this time when many are practicing “social distancing”, families, households, and individuals still desire time to worship and reflect on and study the word of God.  This short list highlights some existing resources that might be used for this purpose.

Emanuel Movie Discussion Guide

This discussion guide is designed to provide tools and resources to help leaders facilitate a discussion about Emanuel—whether in a theater after the film is screened, in a church setting, or a small group setting. These questions are not meant to serve as a rigid template but, instead, provide a flexible framework to foster dialogue around the core themes of the film.

Exploring the 2018-2019 Connectional Theme: Environmental Justice

Greeting from the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Water Network to the 2019 UBUNTU Christian Education Summit, February 19, 2019; Cape Town, South Africa

No Good Comes From the Mine

Women Rise for Justice fundraising trailer as shared by Presiding Elder Betty Kauna Schroder, Namibia, during the CE Summit thematic plenary—Exploring our Connectional Theme: Environmental Justice

Hidden Figures Faith Discussion Guide

Seasonal Liturgical Colors

Helpful information outlining the liturgical calendar and its corresponding colors.

People of the Anvil

A small pamphlet introduction to the history and polity of the AME Church.

Worship Resources

The AME Church Publishing House (Sunday School Union) has produced some free resources to enhance worship and faith formation.

Offering a wide variety of resources, The African American Lectionary is a wonderful depository of assets and information.

In Times Like These … A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement.

Lament and Hope is a Pan-African Devotional Guide commemorating the 2019 Quad-Centennial of the forced transatlantic voyage of enslaved African peoples to Jamestown, Virginia USA.

Four Bible studies prepared for the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism are now available online at WCC website, www.oikoumene.org.

The conference committee responsible for worship, Bible study and spiritual exercise commissioned theologians from diverse theological and cultural backgrounds to write studies related to the conference theme Moving in the Spirit: Called to Transforming Discipleship.

Founder’s Day Resources

Celebrating the “A” in AME by Bishop Adam J. Richardson
This litany appears in The Anvil, Sankofa: Worshipping God Yesterday, Today, and Forever, Annual Resource Guide, 2019-2020, (pp 216-218) by the Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. To access other litanies and worship resources, copies of The Anvil can be purchased through the AMEC Publishing House.

Founder’s Day Skit by Dr. Johnel Bryant Robinson
This skit appears in The Anvil, Sankofa: Worshipping God Yesterday, Today, and Forever, Annual Resource Guide, 2019-2020, (pp 288-290) by the Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. To access other worship resources, copies of The Anvil can be purchased through the AMEC Publishing House.

Founder’s Day Exercise and Answer Key by Dr. Johnel Bryant Robinson
This exercise appears in The Anvil, Sankofa: Worshipping God Yesterday, Today, and Forever, Annual Resource Guide, 2019-2020, (pp 288-290) by the Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. To access other worship resources, copies of The Anvil can be purchased through the AMEC Publishing House.

Founders Day Litany 2019
By Rev. Garland F. Pierce, Executive Director, AMEC Department of Christian Education Inspired by Psalm 138 (Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year C)

Richard Allen Faux Stained Glass Activity
Materials Need:
– 8.5 x 11 reproducible image (Richard Allen)
– Wax paper
– Ruler
– Tape
– Paper frames and precut mat boards (14″ x 20″)
– Colored markers (Sharpies work well)

Litany
This piece was written by Bishop John Hurst Adams (1927-2018) and appeared in The Journal of Christian Education, Volume. 60 Fall 1999 Number 26.

Word Search
This activity is for youth and the young at heart.

Richard Allen Documentary
This short video tells the story of Richard Allen and the founding of the AME Church. There are also versions with Spanish, French, and Portuguese subtitles.

Video Study Resources
Christian Educators from Mother Bethel, the South Philadelphia District, and the Philadelphia Conference produced study resources for various age levels to accompany the documentary.

September Christian Education Month Resources

Call to Worship

This Call to Worship is most fitting for Christian Education Sunday as it offers thanks and praise to God for learning and teaching.
An Order of Installation of Church School and/or Christian Education Boards/Staff/Workers:
Christian Education Sunday is a wonderful time to install teachers and leaders in the Christian Education ministry into their positions or honor their service in the church. This suggested order beautifully does this.
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Recruitment Ideas

Here are a few simple ideas as to how you can use the month to highlight the teaching ministry of the church and invite others to participate and offer leadership and service.

Litany of Commitment

This litany is an easy and effective way to bring Christian Education into your worship experience.

Prayer for Christian Education

You have called us to the teaching ministry of the church. We pray for that ministry and for the various ministries in the Department of Christian Education.

Prayer for the New Learning Year

This prayer can be used in the context of worship on Christian Education Sunday or during the assembly during Church School.

A Litany of Covenantal Learning

This litany recognizes the importance of the teaching ministry and those who serve and lead in it as well as those who are blessed by it. It is for worship on the Sunday when Christian Education is highlighted and lifted up.

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