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Theme Issue on Children in Worship

Book: Young Children and Worship

by Sonja M. Stewart and Jerome W. Berryman. Westminster Press, 1989.

See "Letting the Story Stand" (p. 25) for further information about the program described in this book.

Our Heritage of Hymns. Choristers Guild, 1986
Exploring the Hymnal. Choristers Guild, 1986.

These two educational books, reviewed in RW 5, are excellent resources for teaching children about the hymns of the church.

Making the Most of Music; Ideas for Using Instrument and Song

Dear God,
Church is alright but you sure could use better music. I hope this does not hurt your feelings. Can you write some new songs?

Your Friend, Barry*

Book: Helping Children Feel at Home in Church

by Margie Morris.Discipleship Resources, 1988. 66 pp.

What can you do at home to make church more meaningful for your children? A Methodist author presents sensible, workable discussions, exercises, and games to help children understand worship and become a part of it. She demonstrates how we can explain various aspects of the worship service and how children can be participants who joyfully share in praising God. In some ways this is a simplified version of the Ng and Thomas book—a good place to start.

Face to Face: Becoming a Pastor to Children

My work with children in worship begins from my own narrative — from what I remember of my worship experiences as a child. Like many other Black Baptist churches, the Canaan Baptist Church of Chicago gave children plenty of opportunities to participate actively in worship. We marched down the aisles of our church, singing and swaying to the hymns. We served as junior ushers, escorting parishioners to their pews. We collected money and prayed offertory prayers.

Book: God's Children in Worship

Discipleship Resources, 1988.

This brand-new package by the United Methodist Church is an ambitious undertaking. It features a thirteen-session instruction program, aimed at systematically teaching children and parents about worship.