"Even young people who said their parents had first 'forced' them to acolyte expressed a newfound connection to worship and an enthusiasm for being at church." Acolytes = Leaders…
The ministry of an acolyte is built upon a formative system of development that is changeless, consistent, powerful, and transformative. We seek to reclaim the role of acolyte as a religious seeker, and indeed a minor order of the church.
Children's Chapel nurtures spirituality, models worship, teaches scripture, plus prayer and song. How to use those precious 35 minutes? Tips, ideas, & more.
"We read psalms today because the thoughts and feelings that the People of God felt long ago are the same thoughts and feelings that we, the People of God, still…
Churches and parents ask about children's behavior. What's appropriate? Here are age-by-age recommendations to help everyone benefit from community worship.
Rhythms of Grace is relatively simple, affordable, and adaptive and can be effectively used to bring the Gospel to people not currently being served. Designed for those on the Autism spectrum, it is also very welcoming to individuals with other diagnoses like Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, ADHD, Down Syndrome, and neuro-typical children with ordinary wiggly squigglies, as well as youth and adults.
A Christmas pageant survival checklist ensures the simplest of children's pageants run more smoothly. A gift during this hectic, if joyful, time of year!
Scripture-based Christmas pageants allow children to embody the nativity story, assimilating and owning Scripture in ever deepening ways.
Writing collects, prayers to gather and focus worshipers, can be tailored to various ages and is an excellent activity for distilling a mission.
Interactive and age appropriate worship ideas to help children understand and experience Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Includes burning palms, writing intentions on butterflies, and more.
A Blue Christmas service may be offered by churches for those who may be mourning or feeling loss at this time of year. Celebrating Christ, and inviting sadness.
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.
Children learn by participating fully in age-appropriate worship. Parents learn about worship with weekly, child-led instructed Eucharist, with Rite Place.
Many churches use published children's bulletins to engage younger worshippers. This homemade option helps connect children to the prayers and liturgy.
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!
Churches have long enjoyed the hymn sing as a parish program. But could it be reinvented to add structure and form, along with some education?
Developing an ecumenical worship service can be one of the most spiritually uplifting experiences for any Christian. As always, we remember that we are living into Jesus' prayer in John 17:21 "That you all may be one." If you are planning an ecumenical worship service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, or some other time: here are some pointers and items to keep in mind:
The Festival of Lessons and Carols, like the best holiday traditions, is always the same, yet always new. Plan yours with care; enjoy it with delight! Why…
Many churches light Advent wreath candles in Advent. While there is no official custom or prayers, here is scripture/liturgy/prayers you can use or adapt.