Wild Wonders from A Rocha is a camp or VBS curriculum that “helps parents and churches get kids outside and spark their imaginations as they learn about God and explore the world around them.” The offering includes three different one-week programs organized around the themes of “wonder”, “care”, and “flourish.”
How do churches create circumstances where children experience social support? How do churches help children create relationships that allow them to experience the love of Christ? Developmental psychologist Erin Smith helps us dig into these questions.
While children do think differently about the world, they also offer an interesting case study about how we communicate love… when we kind of back up the developmental clock and look at kids, we see that love is just as much an embodied interaction in a relational space. Even when we cover it up and rationalize it in adulthood, that doesn’t go away. For this reason, there’s value in thinking about what formation looks like for our 10-year-olds. They cry for the same experiences our adult hearts crave.
I worked with a professor who had a research program probing religious cognition. They were asking fascinating questions around how we know and how we come to decide what is real. The implications in their research for both religion and science were really important.
If you’ve ever shopped for homeschool curricula, you know what a challenge it is to find the right fit for your family – and science is a subject that can be especially challenging. The good news is that BioLogos has some resources to help you in your choice.
Messy Church seeks to create a relaxed, ‘messy’ time to explore a biblical theme through creative activities – and one of their recent initiatives is around science.
In this Youthworker article, Andy Root and Erik Leafblad summarize research about youth group engagement with science and offer youth leaders three suggestions for moving forward.
Following the path first mapped by Scientists in Congregations in the US, over 50 UK churches and ministries were awarded grants to do creative ministry engaging science at the congregational level. Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science (ECLAS) lists the recipients with brief project descriptions for each one. Many have their own website where you can dive deeper into the specific programs they have developed.
The Evangelical Environmental Network seeks to inspire, equip, educate, and mobilize evangelical Christians to love God and others by rediscovering and reclaiming the Biblical mandate to care for creation and working toward a stable climate and a healthy, pollution-free world. They also work closely with the Young Evangelicals for Climate Action who have their own set of resources for younger disciples of Christ who care deeply for God’s creation.
This website is perhaps the largest collection of creation care materials designed for the church. It includes articles, videos, music, prayers, and more designed to help with worship, sermons, Bible studies, and children’s ministry.