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Growing in Grace & Gratitude
 
Greetings to members of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, mid council executives, and friends,
 
 

As a new year begins, we have a fresh opportunity to recommit our lives to joyfully engaging in God’s mission for the transformation of the world.

Theology, Worship, and Education has developed a helpful shorthand—“grace and gratitude”—through which we may understand the calling we share as Presbyterian Christians. “Grace and gratitude” comprises God’s grace toward the world—and toward us—and the grateful response of God’s people in becoming more and more like Christ in living out our faith.

In her message below, Clare Lewis, publisher for Congregational Ministries Publishing, shares how this theme has inspired a new curriculum shaped by grace and gratitude, designed to help transform the lives of children and those who love them.

Please note that starting in February—based on feedback from across the church—my messages will be delivered, in a redesigned format, monthly rather than weekly. I hope that you will continue to find them inspiring as well as useful. I also commend to you the many other informative e-newsletters that we offer through the Presbyterian Mission Agency, and hope that you will sub to the ones that interest you most.

Faithfully yours,
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Linda

 
 
 

Clare Lewis, Publisher, Congregational Ministries PublishingA wise woman once said to me, “Our true curriculum is how we live our life together.” Those words have never been more compelling to me than during the development of the new PC(USA) children’s curriculum, Growing in Grace & Gratitude, set to launch later this year.

Throughout the editorial process, the development team was determined that each session would be rooted in the foundation of Presbyterian identity where God’s grace and our gratitude are the heartbeat of our faith, life, and worship; extend an invitation to discipleship that inspires children to learn and practice hospitality, generosity, and love; and reach beyond Sunday morning, encouraging children to live their lives as an expression of God’s grace.

Each session of Growing in Grace & Gratitude is rooted in Bible stories that reveal God’s grace. Through fun activities, prayer, and singing, children and their leaders will celebrate the meaning of this grace in their lives as they encounter a living God.

As I read through manuspans that are the result of that editorial work, I am excited about the possibilities. The possibilities for our church to grow in our ability to discern God’s grace at work, as congregations teach and learn grace and gratitude. The possibilities for young believers who grow in their faith, sent into the world to joyfully tell others about this God of grace and to invite others to join this community of those who celebrate God’s grace and live gratitude in word and deed.

I encourage you to learn more about Growing in Grace & Gratitude by participating in one of the twenty regional workshops scheduled for the coming months. Sample sessions will be available for review, and catalogs will be mailed soon. Come experience a curriculum that helps transform the lives of children and those who love them, shaped by grace and gratitude. For more information, please contact us by email.

Yours in grace and gratitude,
Clare Lewis
Publisher, Congregational Ministries Publishing

 
 
 

  
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