Children and Worship

Worship is engagement of God in community.

Worship is the response of the whole people of God – young and old, new and experienced, all sizes, shapes and colors. Liturgy by its definition “means work of the people.” Part of Christian formation is to engage others individually and corporately in participating in our life together as the Body of Christ. In worship we are fed through Word and Sacrament so that we can go out into the world to do the work that Christ commands us to do: feed the poor, care for the widowed and oppressed, speak out for justice and those who have no voice.

Resources for Creative Worship

Brown, Carolyn C. Forbid Them Not: Involving Children in Sunday Worship (for years A, B, C) (Abingdon Press, 2000)

Bock, Susan. Liturgy for the Whole Church: Multigenerational Resources for Worship (Church Publishing, 2008)

Boling, Ruth L., Lauren J. Muzzy, Laurie A. Vance. A Children’s Guide to Worship (Geneva Press, 1997)

Briggs, Lyn Zill. God’s Word, My Voice: A Lectionary for Children (Church Publishing, 2015)

Castleman, Robbie. Parenting in the Pew: Guiding Your Children in the Joy of Worship (IVP Books, 1993)

Covin Juengst, Sara. Sharing Faith with Children: Rethinking the Children’s Sermon (Westminster/John Knox Press, 1994)

Fairless, Caroline. Children at Worship ~ Congregations in Bloom (Church Publishing, 2000)

Gordh, Bill. Building a Children’s Chapel: One Story at a Time (Church Publishing, 2007)

Haskel, Marilyn L. and Clayton L. Morris. As We Gather to Pray: An Episcopal Guide to Worship (New York: Church Publishing, 1996)

Kitch, Anne E. What We Do in Church: An Anglican Child’s Activity Book (Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publishing, 2004) Also: What We Do in Advent and What We Do in Lent

Lenton, Sarah. Creative Ideas for Children’s Worship, Years A, B, C (3 books) (Morehouse Education Resources, 2012)

Lou, Sue, Jean Floyd Love, Mickey Meyers, Sylvia Washer. Get Ready! Get Set! Worship! (Geneva Press, 1999)

Muir, John and Betty Pedley. Come and Join the Celebration (Church House Publishing, 2001)

Ng, David and Virginia Thomas. Children in the Worshipping Community (John Knox Press, 1981)

Packard, Brook H. When the Bishop Comes to Visit: An Activity Book for All Ages (Morehouse, 2014)

Pearson, Sharon Ely and Robyn Szoke, editors. The Prayer Book Guide to Christian Education, 3rd edition (Church Publishing, 2009)

Pritchard, Gretchen Wolff. Offering the Gospel to Children (Cowley Publications, 1992)

Sandall, Elizabeth J. Including Children in Worship: A Planning Guide for Congregations (Augsburg, 1991)

Schreiner, Shawn and Dennis Northway. The Rite Place: Kids Do Church! Adults Do Too! (Morehouse, 2014).

Turrell, Jennie. Let us Pray. A Little Kid’s Guide to the Eucharist (Morehouse, 2014)

Websites

Children’s Worship Bulletins

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