Creative Communications is an ecumenical company with a mission to communicate the Gospel of Jesus to the whole body of Christ through innovative worship and devotional material. You will find products to enhance your congregation’s personal devotional life with writings by authors including C.S. Lewis, Henri Nouwen, Frederick Buechner, Dr. Martin Marty, and Walter Wangerin. Colorful, hands-on, and affordable children’s and youth resources include Advent or Lent calendars and age-appropriate devotionals.
Children's Spiritual Practices
The Fred Rogers Company provides an excellent resource for parents, caregivers, church staff, etc. on helping children deal with death. This booklet walks gently through the process of talking about death with children depending upon the individual’s relationship to the child, the family dynamics, etc. This is a wonderful first resource for families looking to talk about a very difficult topic with younger children!
From the people and Christian Educator at Cary Presbyterian Church, this is a website for all of us who want to learn and grow in faith but may not be able to do so in conventional, church-building, ways. From the website:
We realize that life is fast-paced and schedules are full. We know that many people–church members or otherwise–want to deepen their faith life but can’t always get to classes and other ways to learn more about living the Christian life. While nothing can beat the synergy of learning together and making connections in person with others on this faith journey, we hope this website will help when being face- to-face isn’t possible.
There are pages for adult faith formation, parents, children, and teens. Many of the resources are on spirituality, but Bible study and some mission activities are included as well.
It’s never too early to teach children about God. We believe that Christian faith is essential to early childhood development.
Frolic is the first curriculum of its kind to connect developmental and spiritual milestones for the youngest of children—starting at birth (yes, really!).
Children and Worship is a faith formation worship centered approach with storytelling, ritual, and fellowship that is used with children in churches to help them deepen their relationship with God. Worship materials include wooden figures and backdrops, felt underlays, laminated figures, and other accessories. Beginning with the opening phrases, “The Lord be with you,” and the response by the children, “And also with you,” children are engaged in God’s Word and Spirit as a careful and spiritual atmosphere is present and celebrated. A time of wonder and a time of creative response is always included. Training for Leaders/storytellers and Greeters is necessary and important.
What do people need in order to grow in their faith? How do you know if your church is meeting those needs? That’s where the Building Blocks of Faith come in.
The Building Blocks of Faith is a new way to look at faith formation using language that is easy to understand. Designed for use with people of all ages, the Building Blocks are based on four shared spiritual needs and longings. They are
- I Belong
- I Know and Understand
- I Have Hope
- I Am Called and Equipped
Evaluating to what extent these four statements are true in your context will help you build a stronger faith formation culture in your congregation.
Incorporate the practical ideas from The Way of the Child Family Booklet to support and cultivate your child’s spirituality – yes, even amidst the most busy family life. “”Children are spiritual beings who come to us as gifts from God,”” writes McGregor. “”The child’s natural way of life and the way most of us live seem to be two different orders of reality. Yet the way of the child represents much of what we consider central to authentic Christian spirituality.Incorporate the practical ideas from The Way of the Child Family Booklet to support and cultivate your child’s spirituality – yes, even amidst the most busy family life. “”Children are spiritual beings who come to us as gifts from God,”” according to McGregor. “”The child’s natural way of life and the way most of us live seem to be two different orders of reality. Yet the way of the child represents much of what we consider central to authentic Christian spirituality.
Way of the Child began as a worship and spirituality program for children through the church subtitled “Helping Children Experience God.” This approach is similar to those such as Young Children and Worship and Godly Play (see elsewhere on this website). Resources for such a program may be available through a used resource site such as Amazon. The original Way of the Child was part of the Companions in Christ series published by Upper Room.
Lectionary-based blog that includes ideas for how to enhance the scripture or topic of the day for children.
Great resource for linking children’s literature to scripture. Would be a great resource for a parent link.