by Sharon Ely Pearson
Most churches distribute some type of bulletin on Sunday mornings as worshippers enter their sanctuary for services. For some, it is the entire service printed out – prayers, readings, and hymns. For some it is simply the Order for Worship, with names of those who are giving reflections. For the newcomer or visitor, it is a helpful aid to follow what might be an unfamiliar form of worship.
But what about the children? Sunday bulletins are not just for adults. Children who are readers are often eager to follow along the worship service with a bulletin. After all, if they can read, why shouldn’t they receive one also? Whether it be the same bulletin as their parents receive or one especially designed for them, don’t forget that children should be welcomed and greeted as they enter worship just like the grown-ups. And that might mean giving them a bulletin too.
Making zip-lock bags available with some crayons and a bulletin are a sign that children are welcome to worship at your church.There are a number of bulletins specifically designed for the use of children, to help them either follow along the service or learn more about one or more of the Sunday readings. These also come in handy during the summer when you may not have scheduled programs or activities for children.
- Kidsword Children’s Bulletins (for grades 4-6) and Little Kidsword (for grades K-3)
- Children’s Worship Bulletins come in two forms – ages 3-6 and ages 7-12
- Gospel Grams 1 (for children 5-7) and Gospel Grams 2 (for children 8-10) shares the Gospel reading of the day
- The Sunday Paper (for ages Grade 4 and up ) and the Sunday Paper Junior (for ages PreK-Grade 3) by Gretchen Wolff Pritchard are biblically accurate and whimsical illustrations of the Sunday readings
- Children’s Worship Bulletins from Creative Communications Incorporated offer bulletins for ages 3-6 and 7-12 that focus on the Old Testament, Epistle (New Testament) readings, or special days.
- Peace Papers Packet from the Institute for Peace and Justice also has has a family page with background on the Sunday theme, some suggestions for ways families could follow up in their home, and additional resources for both children and adults. (Ages 6-10)
- Logos Productions offers Children’s Worship Bulletins (ages 7-12) and Bible Beginner Activity Bulletins (ages 4-6)