Posts Tagged ‘children’s ministry’
Posted by Sharon Ely Pearson on October 1st, 2014
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.
Posted by Charlotte Greeson on April 16th, 2014
Our Christian faith is rich in symbolism, both ancient and modern. Easter, after our period of study and repentance, offers us every opportunity to share the Love of God in Jesus Christ and to share our joy that He is risen indeed!
*Chocolate bunnies, meanwhile, don’t have much to teach us about Christianity. They are good to eat, and always the first to go from my Easter basket, starting with the ears!
Posted by Admin on December 30th, 2013
The process of handing on our faith is all about experience. It is an experience of building a relationship with Jesus, lived out in community. Being formed in faith into the life of a community is not about sitting at a desk and readying a text, but growing in faith with one another in the name of Jesus.
Posted by Carrie Stepp Graves on December 20th, 2013
On Christmas Eve, we, the esteemed actors, gathered in the narthex dressed up in our bedsheets and other bits of hodge-podge costume, complete with Baby Joe in his peppermint-stripped Christmas suit — a kooky-looking bunch.
Posted by Brook Packard on December 18th, 2013
Help children prepare for the birth of Jesus with this fun Advent song. “Baby’s a -coming, oh yeah…”
Posted by Boykin Bell on December 13th, 2013
I’d learned that what I thought the moms wanted was probably not what they wanted at all. And what they wanted was changing as their children grew.
Posted by Admin on December 11th, 2013
If I had any doubts about whether I had witnessed a child “giving him her heart,” the genuine offering of this gift was made poignantly clear when I discovered, after everyone had left at the end of the full atrium session – that there was one precious blankie left behind.
Posted by Brook Packard on November 27th, 2013
Please let’s stop encouraging the notion that louder is better. I’ve seen weeks of work to empower children to sing freely vanish in one rehearsal where some director says “Louder!” to the children. They cannot share what they’ve worked on and there is no accomplishment in yelling.
Posted by Admin on November 26th, 2013
I have been collecting and occasionally devising creative youth fundraising ideas, which I want to share with you. But before I handing over my crib sheet, I want to stress the importance of thinking local when you do fundraising.
Posted by Admin on November 22nd, 2013
Individuals and families come together through the waters of baptism to form a new family – a family of God to support, strengthen, and encourage each other on the journey. A journey that allows for the opening up to the fullness of the gifts given and ultimately leads towards an ever transfiguring likeness of the Risen Christ.
Posted by Tina Clark on November 19th, 2013
Something for everyone. Nourishment for spirits of all ages. Perhaps not the quiet and contemplative Advent event I thought I should offer (and, subsequently, that they should want), but what they actually need, want, and will appreciate.
Posted by Admin on November 7th, 2013
Creating these films has been a lot of work, but it was well worth the time and the effort. We have given the kids an opportunity to engage the sacred stories in their terms, with their own words. These films allow God to be known to them and to us.
Posted by Brook Packard on November 1st, 2013
In addition to being a very popular saint, St. Martin is also the patron saint of veterans – men and women who served their country in the military. Martin’s day, November 11th, is also Veterans Day. It is a time to honor and remember veterans, people who still serve in the military, and their families. It is also a time to remember what we can do to make peace and share as Martin did.
Posted by Admin on October 28th, 2013
Preserve those who travel; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to their journey’s end. Amen.
Posted by Brook Packard on October 24th, 2013
Please let’s stop encouraging the notion that louder is better. I’ve seen weeks of work to empower children to sing freely vanish in one rehearsal where some director says “Louder!” to the children. They cannot share what they’ve worked on and there is no accomplishment in yelling. Yes, I know there are those in the congregation who complain they can’t hear the children, but is the potential shaming of the child on his or her musical journey worth pleasing that person?
Posted by Brook Packard on October 23rd, 2013
Song and singing is a cornerstone of Church School and Children’s Chapels. Singing is a noble expression of the human spirit. Through our breath and voices we are in the moment and through our songs we are brought to possibilities.
Posted by Tina Clark on October 8th, 2013
I keep upping the pageant ante, and the year will come when I have to backpedal. But I’m here to say that it’s all worth it when you sit your children down and they vehemently defend the pageant as an offering to their parents, the congregation, and to God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Posted by Admin on October 6th, 2013
Playing prosocial video games led to greater subsequent prosocial behavior in the real world.