Tag Archive: prayer

Nov 26

Van Orsdel United Methodist Youth visit Intermountain in Helena

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Helena’s Community Service Center and Residential campus were bless to have a visit from Intermountain Presidential Council member Pat Floyd, youth leader Tina, and 15 amazing youth from Van Orsdel United Methodist Church in Havre, Montana earlier this month. The group started out at the Community Service Center with Terry Chaney, who fed them lunch and …

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Sep 04

My Tears in His Bottle: prayers from the heart of a special needs’ mom

My Tears in His Bottle, by Pat Hays

Pat Hays has written a devotional book that gives wonderful insight into the joys and struggles that parenting a child with emotional special needs presents. Her book, My Tears in His Bottle: prayers from the heart of a special needs’ mom, contains excerpts from her personal prayer journal as she worked through the last fifteen …

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Aug 01

Prayer requests from our children

For our last chapel gathering in July, we covered the BIG question: “How do I communicate with God?” The children were engrossed in the retelling of the story of Gideon, and how God called and worked with the reluctant hero of faith. God called Gideon a “Mighty Warrior” while he was still a meek and …

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Feb 26

Intermountain Residential Kids’ “Lord’s Prayer”

The Intermountain Children's version of the Lord's Prayer

In a previous post, I explained that this fall I worked with the children on understanding and interpreting the Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer, or “Our Father,” posed many interesting opportunities to discuss themes that each and ever one of us struggle with. It was a challenge preparing a lesson for children with emotional disturbance …

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Jan 30

Teaching the Lord’s Prayer in chapel, an opportunity to practice trauma-informed ministry

Last fall, I decided that it would be a good idea to work with the children to know and understand some of the prayers that they had likely heard or would hear in the context of their church attendance in the future. It is always interesting to prepare a lesson for children with emotional disturbance …

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Apr 27

A story from chapel: from walls that protect us to walls that keep us imprisoned

The children each wrote down something on their "brick" in the wall that they felt was keeping them from having a better relationship with God and others

Recently, we did an object lesson called “the Wall” in chapel. We talked about how bad things happen in this world despite having a loving God that looks over us. We make bad choices at times that hurt us, and others make bad choices at times that hurt us. In general, there is a lot …

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Dec 29

Your messages of hope for our children

Just a few dozen of the many "messages of hope" you have shared with our children and staff during the Christmas appeal

As part of our Christmas appeal for the last two years, we have included a card that has allowed our supporters to include a “message of hope” for the children of Intermountain. These words are passed on to the staff and children who are doing the hard work of healing through building healthier relationships. It is tough …

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Dec 06

John the Baptist and Advent: Preparing the Way, Pointing to Christ

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(this post is based on the sermon Chaplain Chris Haughee delivered in worship at Community Protestant Church in West Yellowstone, MT, on Dec. 6th, 2015. Click here to visit the church’s website) Passage: Luke 3:1-6 (ESV), “John the Baptist Prepares the Way” 3 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being …

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Jul 06

Extending your love and prayers to our parents

Prayer Shawls

At our most recent Parent Training event, called “L.I.F.E. Day” (Learning through Integrated Family Engagement), I took the opportunity to extend your love and prayers to the parents that had gathered. The whole day was amazing, seeing parents and children connecting with one another, forming bonds not only within families, but among the families gathered. …

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Jan 08

Sadie Mae’s Story—Healing the past and moving forward with faith and a new family!

Sadie Sig

I’m happy to be able to share my story and about how child abuse impacted me. This first part of my story is something I worked on while I was at Intermountain with the help of my therapist, Meegan. Before I tell you about my past, I want you to know some other things about …

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