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Prayground Activities for the September Lectionary:

Praygrounds, or dedicated areas in the worship space for children, are a wonderful new development many churches have added. But, what if you don’t have a dedicated space? We share our small sanctuary with another congregation, so a permanent area with furniture or baby equipment wasn’t an option for us. Instead, we use the empty … Continue reading

Children's Sermons / Uncategorized

Inviting children to pass the peace

Since hearing Diana Butler Bass speak at CEF last October, I have been pondering her four-part “Agenda for Christian Formation.” Inspired by her book, Grounded, she suggests where and how people are searching for God: Spiritual Peace and Well Being Sense of Awe and Wonder about the Universe Deep Sense of Gratitude Engaging Meaning and Purpose of … Continue reading

Pastor Changes Part III: Welcoming the new pastor and their family
Children's Sermons / Welcoming All Families

Pastor Changes Part III: Welcoming the new pastor and their family

The first Sunday of July is often the first Sunday worshiping with the new pastor for United Methodist churches with a new appointment.  The goal of children’s time on the first Sunday is to introduce children to the new pastor and to model generously welcoming new people to the congregation. For the following children’s message, … Continue reading