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Top 5 Child-Friendly Worship Books

Posted on 19 August 2010 Gavin Glenn

Here are my 'Top 20' selection of books to get you started thinking about topics like child theology, ministry to children and families and inclusive worship.  How do we as a church prepare children and young people to be involved in the ongoing life of the church?   Are we countering the negative messages of our culture?  Do children have opportunities to develop an inner working model of  Christian language, an understanding of their identity as Christians, how to make ethical decisions and discuss the meaning of life and death? I'd be interested to hear your suggestions for further recommended reading.

Judyth Roberts
Children and Families Ministry Consultant
Board of Education
Synod of NSW and the ACT
www.childrensministry.org.au

Messy ChurchMessy Church  by Lucy Moore

Full of practical advice about where to begin and what to do to reach out to families with young children.

   

 

Messy Church 2Messy Church 2  by Lucy Moore

Part of the Fresh Expressions movement, Messy Church is about creating a worshipping community for people who are unlikely to come on Sunday mornings. The chapter on food has thoughtful reflections on the important place of hospitality in faith practice. 

 

All Age WorshipAll Age Worship  by Lucy Moore

An exploration of the organisation and practice of all-age worship.

 

 

Young Children and WorshipYoung Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman

A thorough guide to introducing worship to young children using the Godly Play methodology. 

 

 

A Church for All AgesA Church for All Ages by Peter Graystone

A practical, thoughtful book about worship and what it means to be  a Christian community that includes children.

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