Children's Chapel nurtures spirituality, models worship, teaches scripture, plus prayer and song. How to use those precious 35 minutes? Tips, ideas, & more.
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.
Social Media Sunday, with the hashtag #SMS16, can easily integrate into worship, fellowship time, or even beyond with faith formation opportunities.
All Saints Day, November 1st is one of the most important Christian days of the year. Articles on history, reflection, ideas, books, and activities.
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.
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…
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:
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.
Here is the question: Is Sunday school still valuable in building up the next generation of Christians? Or is it a tragic hindrance to the overall goals of the Christian community? The answer must take into account a full view of faith formation. But in short: Yes Sunday school is valuable. And yes, a traditional model of parish-based Christian education can still be effective is nurturing children and offering them knowledge, skills, and values to grow into adult followers of Jesus Christ.
A prayer to use on the Day of Pentecost for worship. Can be used as call-and-response, by the whole congregation, or individuals.
Inviting children into the seriousness of Ash Wednesday is a holy opportunity. Music and singing brings light to the experience.
On November 1st the church remembers the saints of God - all faithful servants and believers. The day is seen as a communion of saints who have died and of all Christian persons. All Hallows' Eve, October 31st (from which our Halloween traditions come); All Saints' Day; and All Souls' Day (November 2nd - the Day of the Faithful Departed), are connected by tradition and are often celebrated together.
We may not be able to describe scientifically what happens to children who attend church Sunday after Sunday, but I believe something deeply and profoundly formational happens.
When God’s people gather for worship we include a wide variety of individuals who share a basic and deep need to be there. We all need to feel loved and wanted and accepted as one of God’s children which we are. We need to hear God’s Word proclaimed and to pray and sing with others. But, we also have some very different needs.
Compline is the monastic service traditionally read just before sleep. Compline offers kids structured scripture and prayer perfect for the end of the day.
It isn't rocket science to put the generational theorists, the headlines, and today's societal hunger to see what we should be focusing on in our churches.