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Posts Tagged ‘children’

Books on Death and Grief

A variety of books on death and grief for all audiences from children and teens to adults, for those helping others cope with grief and for those grieving themselves.

Christmas Pageants: The Joy of Children Immersed in Scripture

Scripture-based Christmas pageants allow children to embody the nativity story, assimilating and owning Scripture in ever deepening ways.

DVD Review: Kids and Prayer

A new DVD for elementary-age students that teaches children an overall concept of Christian prayer in a fun and engaging way.

Clothesline Collects: Leading Children to Prayer

Writing collects, prayers to gather and focus worshipers, can be tailored to various ages and is an excellent activity for distilling a mission.

Children’s Chapel: Best Practices and Resources

In Children’s Chapel, young children have space to celebrate God’s Word – gathering, listening, and responding – in their own way. Resources reviewed by Building Faith help adults create meaningful liturgy for them.

Blessing Children in the Home

Blessing children is a reminder of what we already know: God is present, children are loved. Parents speaking this truth with a sign is a true blessing.

Holy Week with Children

Guiding children through Jesus’ last days is a special privilege. These Holy Week worship services, tips, and talking points are invaluable.

Creative Ideas for Children’s Ash Wednesday and Holy Week Services

Interactive and age appropriate worship ideas to help children understand and experience Ash Wednesday and Holy Week.

Latest Lenten Resources for Children and Families

Five Christian publishing houses offer their latest Lenten resources for children and families.

Dis-Comforting Bible Stories: Sharing Challenging Scripture with Children

Those scripture stories which challenge us give us the opportunity to ask how our God of Love is speaking to us today.

Jesse Tree Advent Activity and Skit

Jesse Tree readings and ornaments become the basis for Old Testament Sunday school and an Advent skit.

Resource for Children’s Sermons: Feasting on the Word

Looking for consistent and Bible-based suggestions for children’s sermons/messages? This book re-tells a children’s Bible story for each lectionary Sunday.

Feral Church Children: Kids Need Time to “Just Be” at Church

“I love that young people are in church, not for a specified purpose, but just to “be.” Just to hang out. Just to be bored. Just to poke around… They form relationships, they form their own community.”     Unstructured Time As the Director of Children’s Ministry, I take great pride in our well-structured church programming. […]

Church Art Projects for Faith Formation

Art as formation offers opportunities to be creative, as a reflection of the Creator, as well as to integrate art into the worship of the whole community.

Spark Family Magazine Connects Church, Faith & Family

Looking for a way to connect your church families with their faith story when they are not in church? Spark Family Magazine is specifically for home use.

This Children’s Bulletin Doubles as a Worship Scavenger Hunt

Many churches use published children’s bulletins to engage younger worshippers. This homemade option helps connect children to the prayers and liturgy.

How to be a Baby-Friendly Church: 4 Tips

When Erin saw the rocking chair, she knew this was a child friendly church. Easy tips for making your church welcoming to parents and children.

The Joy of Singing with Children

In 2013 Brook Packard wrote a series of articles for Building Faith about singing with children. She shared wisdom from her many years of experience as an educator, musician, and Christian formation leader. These articles are rich with practical tips, overall advice, and ways to keep the joy of singing alive. If you or anyone you know works with children, these articles must reads!

First Communion for Children with Special Needs

All children can prepare for and receive the grace of the sacraments. When God invites, God provides. And when God provides, grace abounds! This moving story of Sue and Hector provides a powerful lesson, and practical suggestions for first communion for children with special needs.

Presenting Bibles to Children – Make it Intergenerational

Many churches present Bibles to young people, but this church brings older adults, parents, and children together for an intergenerational process. Children hear from older adults about why the Bible is important to them, and then receive a bookmark filled with favorite Bible verses.