The faith formation ministry of Mennonite Church USA has released an interactive, devotional card deck for families, “Pause: Play, Breathe, Pray.”
The resource was developed as a passion project by six Mennonite pastors and lay leaders and led by Shana Peachey Boshart, denominational minister for faith formation.
The deck consists of 40 reflection cards, with instructions and tips. Cards contain prompts for an individual or family to reflect on feelings and attitudes, as well as Scripture. Many of the cards include physical or creative activities, and some encourage using the Voices Together hymnal.
The cards can have many uses, such as a quick devotional, conversation starter, an aid to communicate feelings or a way to step back from a tense situation.
One side of each card has an image created by Charlottesville Mennonite Church co-pastor Maren Hange, who provided nature watercolors, or Hyattsville Mennonite Church associate pastor Michelle Burkholder, who primarily contributed black-and-white paper-cutting designs.
Other members of the group include Chicago Community Mennonite Church Pastor Alison Casella Brookins, Rainbow Mennonite Church director of faith formation Sarah Neher, Waterford Mennonite Church pastor of family life ministry Katie Misz and Raleigh Mennonite Church children and youth pastor Rachel Taylor.
The cards are available at the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary bookstore in Elkhart, Ind., or ambs.populiweb.com/router/bookstore.