Children & Family
Children & Family Articles
As people engaged in communicating the love of God to children, we know the value of age appropriate learning led by loving teachers using pedagogically sound resources. And we also understand the importance of including children in intergenerational worship.
Too often I’ve witnessed parents, weary and worried about disrupting the service, apologize to the people around because their children were wiggly or loud. They shouldn’t have to feel that way. Parents, grandparents and other caregivers may wonder at times if it is worth all the effort. This letter is for them:
Finish Strong: How to Celebrate Pentecost, Honor Youth, Thank Volunteers, And Avoid a Three-Ring Circus
The program year is coming to an end. How to celebrate Pentecost as an intergenerational community, while involving multiple ages and honoring teachers, youth, volunteers & more.
A simple object can focus the sermon. But the key is the pre-work of brainstorming, praying, and drawing out the parts of the Scripture that children can connect with.
Children, just like adults, have times of grief that need nurture and guidance. Here are ideas and resources, including a new book “My Favorite Color is Blue. Sometimes.”
The Gospel of Luke is filled with powerful imagery, exciting parables, and tender moments with Jesus. How to share this Bible book with children? Vicki Garvey has 5 teaching points to keep in mind for Luke.
Last September I started a several-years-overdue sabbatical. Along with reading and prayer, I also enjoyed visiting other places of worship to see how people of faith worship God in different settings. Some of these church visits have been family-friendly, but others not as much. So it was that on the days when I visited a church that might not be a good fit for them, my children suggested that we do ‘family church’ or ‘home church’ instead.
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