“People of faith down through the centuries have used the Psalms, loaded with powerful images and emotions, in their devotional lives,” a Brethren Press ad said of his the Alliance’s most recent Bible study. “The unshakeable love of God in the Psalms” is written by Christina Bucher, professor of religion at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College.
Another new release from Brethren Press is a children’s ministry book titled “Little Wonders: Stories to Love with Children” by Kate Finney.
Additional special resources currently available from the Brethren Church denominational publishing house include a set of recommended books on racial justice, currently offered at a reduced price with free shipping; a set of face masks with the messenger of the Brothers; and new digital resources from Shine, the Sunday School program produced jointly by Brethren Press and MennoMedia.
These and other resources are available at www.brethrenpress.com.
“The unshakeable love of God in the Psalms”
“We see God portrayed as a good Shepherd, a generous host, a powerful deliverer,” said the announcement of this new Covenant Bible study. “God is our rock and our refuge. Water is a metaphor for spiritual life – it nourishes and quenches our thirst, but it can also destroy like a flood.
“The Psalms explore the depths of human emotion, from despair to joy and anger to gratitude, and encourage us to speak authentically before God. In these gifts we will know the unwavering love of God.
This Bible study resource suitable for both small groups and individual use retails for $ 10.99 per copy. Purchase a copy for the leader and each member of a study group.
“Little Wonders: Stories to Love with Children”
“Child worship time is about more than telling a story to children,” said Brethren Press’s announcement of the new book. “It’s about showing them how to connect with God and the world around them.” During child worship, the church creates spiritually enriching experiences that shape children’s understanding of God’s family and build healthy relationships that last a lifetime. The worship stories in this book “will spark a child’s wonder and promote Spirit-led discovery for everyone.”
Author Kate Finney writes from her home in Plymouth, Indiana. The book is available from Brethren Press for $ 15.99.
Digital products for Sunday school this fall
The Shine program includes two new digital resources: “Shine at Home” and “Shine Connect”.
“Shine at home” is a simple option for families to do at home if congregations do not resume regular Sunday school. “Shine at Home” includes weekly mini-sessions, with prayer practice, ideas for sharing Bible stories, conversation questions and prompts, media suggestions, and activities that help children and adults. families to explore the history of the Bible. For use with Shine’s storytelling, music, and student resources. “Shine at Home” is available for pre-order and will be released August 1 as a downloadable PDF to email to all families in the buying congregation.
“Shine Connect” is a free resource for teachers who walk children through Sunday school sessions online. The “Shine Connect” materials are free with the purchase of any Shine Teacher’s Guide from the Fall 2020 materials. The Early Years Resource includes a two-page overview and tips for creating fun online sessions for preschoolers using the activities in the teacher’s guide and storytelling pictures in the resource kit. A more comprehensive guide with online weekly session plans for elementary school children accompanies the elementary, older elementary and multi-age teacher guides. “Shine Connect” for Juniors provides a simple framework and tips to facilitate discussion around Bible story and connect through the “Quest” devotional home. Free “Shine Connect” resources are available with the fall program.
To learn more about the Shine program and its new digital products, visit https://shinecurriculum.com/product-category/product-type/digital-products.
Books to advance racial justice
“To better understand the deep roots of racism and the need for transformation, reading is essential,” said a Brethren Press ad for a series of books that the Church of the Brethren Publishing House recommends to those who wish to promote the racial justice. “Through the books recommended here, find challenges, learnings and inspiration to build a world of equality and justice for all.
Brethren Press is currently offering the following titles at special discounts with free shipping:
“Me and white supremacy” by Layla F. Saad
“The color of compromise” by Jemar Tisby
“Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism” by Drew GI Hart
“The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexandre
“I’m still here: black dignity in a world made for whiteness” by Austin Channing Brown
“They Can’t Kill Us All: The Story of the Struggle for Black Lives” by Wesley Lowry
In addition to the above titles, the Brethren Press website has a huge selection of books on race and racial justice. Click on the “Books on Race” banner at www.brethrenpress.com.
The masks of the brothers
The three-motif face masks constitute a unique testimony of the Church of the Brothers. They display three Brethren of Attention messages in the name of Christ: “Say peace”, “For the glory of God and the good of my neighbor” and “Peacefully, simply, not so close to each other. »Order at www.brethrenpress.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=FACEMASK.
Find out more about these resources and order online at www.brethrenpress.com or call Brethren Press customer service at 800-441-3712.
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