Collegeville Institute board member Ellie Roscher authored the new book 12 Tiny Things: Simple Ways to Live a More Intentional Life. The CCI commissioned Ellie to develop two small group guides for congregational use: one to be used during the Easter season and another for teenagers. The spiritual practices Ellie offers provide ongoing, daily ways of relating to God – a basis from which good discernment comes.
This season, look for life breaking through death. See tiny resurrections in all the nooks and crannies of our mundane, routine moments. Embrace the renewal that comes with each new breath and each new day. Use this calendar to pay attention, deepen your roots, live from a sense of gratitude and be open to finding God in the ordinary.
Check out the recording of Ellie introducing the Easter resource:
Below you will find six weeks of content you can use with youth or teens in your life or congregation. Each week includes a theme, Bible verse, discussion questions and tiny spiritual practices to try.
Check out the recording of Ellie introducing the teen resource:
Below you will find twelve weeks of content you can use in your congregation. Each week includes a theme, quote, Bible verse, journal prompts and tiny spiritual practices to try.
Consider asking one member of your congregation to share a 5-10 minute story or personal reflection based on the theme and Bible verse. Part of the time can be working through the theme in large group. Part of the time can be spent in small groups reflecting on how the micro-spiritual practices went from the week prior and working through the discussion questions from the current theme. It will work well online or in person.
This packet is a starting point. Take these elements and craft a series that works for you.
Use this simple Bingo game with kids in your life to help them do tiny, daily practices.
Engage these ten mindfulness meditations.