The Faith Formation Blessing Bowl set includes
a single 4 inch beautifully hand-crafted ceramic bowl and 6 faith practice
durable glazed pottery stones which can last a lifetime. The individually
hand-crafted faith practice stones are about 1.5 inches in width and sized to
fit in the blessing bowl*. The stones were chosen to represent the faith
practices that are the most effective in developing, nurturing, and sustaining
life-long faith formation. These essential faith practices articulate a
foundational spirituality that shapes the lives of Christians. Faith is formed
through relationships, and those relationships engage in fundamental Christian
practices. These basic faith practices are evident in Scripture, church
history, and modern research. It is through practices that faith becomes
life-long and lived out from generation to generation.
set complements all Milestone Ministry Modules, Moments, and Taking Faith Home bulletin inserts. In addition to the four key faith practices of
Caring Conversations, Devotions, Service, and Rituals and Traditions that are
found at the heart of Milestones Ministry resources, we have added the joy of
musical expression through music and singing and the personal bonding of
sharing mountain high and valley low experiences. This faith formation blessing
bowl set can be used by itself as a physical and beautiful guide to practice
faith formation in the congregation and the home. It can also be used as a
Milestones Ministry resource to be a tangible and useful guide to completing
the faith practices found in each Milestone Module, Moment, and weekly Taking Faith Home bulletin insert when
they are used. The ceramic bowl and stones are individually made, hand-painted,
and glazed by Christian artist Dawn Deines-Christensen.
ON HOW TO USE THE FAITH FORMATION
BLESSING BOWL SET:
*Note: Design in bowls may vary. All are symbols of Christian Faith.
- Purchase a faith formation blessing bowl set for
every child baptized in your congregation. At the baptism, give the parents the
set as a beautiful gift and practical reminder of the promises made to God for
the child to learn the faith practices which result in life-long faith
If the congregation does not provide this type
of baptismal gift, consider this set as a personal gift from the parents,
grandparents, baptismal sponsors, or godparents of the newly baptized.
- Consider providing a faith formation bowl set
along with a Milestones Ministry Moment for the home to each of your
congregational families to strengthen family relationships and encourage its’
use to engage in faith formation in the home.
- At the beginning of confirmation training provide
each confirmand’s family a set to use in the home as an intentional way for
families to grow in their faith together during the confirmation period and
after for life-long faith formation.
- Use with Taking Faith Home weekly bulletin
inserts to easily conduct weekly Bible studies. Take the faith practice stones
out of the bowl and place them back after completing each one as they are taken
out of the Taking Faith Home outline.
- This faith formation blessing bowl set is
perfect for supporting the agenda of any Christian meeting or small group
gathering to keep an emphasis on the importance of faith formation being at the
core of the business at hand. Such as:
Formation Team meeting
Bible Study or Sunday School classes
leadership team meetings
of any Milestone Ministry child and youth, adult, or congregation milestone
of any Milestone Ministry Moment for the home.
- For congregations using Taking Faith Home bulletin inserts, the bowl set can be used
alongside the bulletin insert in homes to extend the message throughout the
week to encourage daily faith formation.
- Purchase as a meaningful and beautiful gift for
friends and family members for Easter, Christmas, or other special occasions.