Bring your Worship to Life
Downloadable Music Files of the AMEC Music for Worship: Organ and Piano Accompaniment
Some congregations need musical accompaniment as they continue worshipping and practicing social distancing during this period. MCAM has made it Music for AMEC Worship available as downloadable music files.
These files are presented in .mp3 format. Your download is a .zip file that will need to be opened. Some files are large so be prepared to wait after you hit the download button.
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Downloadable Annual Conference Music
The Music and Christian Arts Ministry has provided virtual choir renditions of several hymns and service music often used in our annual conferences and other gatherings. Lyrics are included to encourage “congregational” singing as we social distance.
Resources for Devotion and Study during the Coronavirus Pandemic
August 9, 2020 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
August 9, Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Devotional Meditation
August 9 When God Whispers Games
August 2, 2020 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
August 2, Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Devotional Meditation
August 2 Loaves and Fish Puzzle
July 26, 2020 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
July 26, Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Devotional Meditation
July 26 Godly and Wise Leadership Learning Activity
July 19, 2020 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
July 19, Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Devotional Meditation
July 19 The Size of the Promise Science Activity
July 12, 2020 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
July 12, Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Devotional Meditation
July 12 The Sower and the Seed Word Search Activity
July 5, 2020 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
July 5, Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Devotional Meditation
July 5 Crossword Activity
June 28, 2020 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
June 28, Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Devotional Meditation
June 28 Craft Activity
June 21, Third Sunday after Pentecost
June 21, Third Sunday after Pentecost Devotional Meditation
June 21 Activity
Remembering The Emanuel 9
Link to Some Ideas for Children’s Hand-made Father’s Day Gifts
June 14, 2020 Second Sunday after Pentecost
June 14, Second Sunday after Pentecost Devotional Meditation
June 14 Activity
June 7, 2020
June 7 Trinity Sunday Devotional Meditation
June 7 Craft Activity
Pentecost, May 31, 2020
May 31 Devotional Meditation
Seventh Sunday in Easter, May 24, 2020
May 24 Devotional Meditation
May 17 Craft Activity
Sixth Sunday in Easter, May 17, 2020
May 17 Devotional Meditation
May 17 Word Search
Fifth Sunday in Easter, May 10, 2020
May 10 Devotional Meditation
May 10 Word Search
Links to some Ideas for Children’s hand-made Mother’s Day gifts
Fourth Sunday in Easter, May 3, 2020
May 3 Devotional Meditation
May 3 Children/Youth Craft Activity
May 3 Psalm 23 Challenge
Third Sunday in Easter, April 26, 2020
April 26 Devotional Meditation
April 26 Children/Youth/Family Bread Baking Activity
Second Sunday in Easter, April 19, 2020
April 19 Devotional Meditation
April 19 Children/Youth/Family Activity—The Questions Game
Resurrection Sunday, April 12, 2020
Easter Devotional Meditation
Easter Children/Youth Activity and Challenge
Some Other Ideas for Children and Families for Easter
These are just a few ideas to reinforce the message and meaning of Easter even in the midst of pandemic.
Three ecumenical organizations (National Council of Churches, USA; Churches Uniting in Christ; and Christian Churches Together) have come together to share some ways we can celebrate Easter this year (old and young alike). Visit: http://nationalcouncilofchurches.us/three-ecumenical-organizations-release-unprecedented-letter/
Butterfly Craft: Easter is about new life; and, butterflies symbolize this. Here is the link to a simple butterfly craft activity: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/479844535301289369/
Ideas for a Christ-centered Easter egg hunt: http://www.messestomemories.com/2015/03/christ-centered-easter-egg-hunt.html
Tips for hosting a Virtual Egg Hunt: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/easter-ideas/a32080456/virtual-easter-egg-hunts/
A Virtual Egg Hunt Video (for less of the work and more of the fun): https://abc7news.com/kids-games-easter-2020-virtual-egg-hunt-activity-for/6089878/
Devotion for April 5, 2020 Palm Sunday
Devotion for Sunday, March 29, 2020
Ezekiel 37:1-14 Family and Children’s Game
Ezekiel 37:1-14 Children’s Activity (with instructions in multiple languages)
Fitness Sunday at Home
Devotion for Sunday, March 22, 2020
Psalm 23 Challenge
Devotion for Sunday, March 15, 2020
Devotional and Study Ideas during the Pandemic
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.
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
– 8.5 x 11 reproducible image (Richard Allen)
– Wax paper
– Paper frames and precut mat boards (14″ x 20″)
– Colored markers (Sharpies work well)
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.
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
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.