Means of Grace: Guided Prayers for Back-to-School with Dr. Melanie Dobson
Guided Prayers for Back-to-School with Dr. Melanie Dobson - Episode No. 69
In this episode of Means of Grace, Dr. Melanie Dobson joins us again to share a series of visualization prayers for adults and children during another stressful back to school season for families. Over the course of the pandemic, we’ve shared several guided mediations and prayers to continue to support your spiritual and mental health and they’ve been some of our most listened-to episodes. You can revisit some of these episodes here and here and here. Our prayer is informed by this one from St. Thomas Aquinas: https://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=2802
Melanie is an ordained elder in the Western North Carolina Conference and an assistant professor of Methodist Studies and Director of the Spiritual Direction Certification Program at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. She is also a registered yoga teacher and a trained spiritual director in both group and individual settings. She enjoys hiking, cycling, cooking, and being outdoors. She is a single mom to one son, Elijah.
Resources for Vital Congregations
GBHEM Leadership Resources
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:
- Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
- Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.
We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at email@example.com.