The Blessing Center is a non-profit charitable organization, based in Dayton Ohio.
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The Blessing Center grew from experiences gained in a children's "chapel time" ministry established in a day preschool program. As that service was modified to reflect the children's positive responses to ritual, sharing of prayer concerns and individual blessing, the foundational understandings of the Blessing Center ministries were revealed: the spirituality and holiness of children, the importance of rituals of song and action, prayer sharing, and blessing of each child by name.
The early ministry was reinforced through coordination and training with Dr. Leanne Hadley, formerly with First Steps Spirituality Center, in her Colorado program of Blessing Based Spiritual Nurture. A formal exploration of these concepts was initiated at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH, and it quickly became apparent that the foundational understandings apply to all, regardless of age.
Over time the specific activities sponsored by The Blessing Center in OH have varied to meet demand: conducting training sessions at a certification level, running Baby Prayer Booklet & Blanket, as well as Prayer Shawl Ministries, offering informal Holy Listening as pastoral care, providing resource materials and guidance as requested by individuals and church groups. Children's Chapel continues at the church where it was initiated!
To see a more detailed history of the Blessing Center's early years, click here.