June 1995

RW 36
THEME: Children in Worship
Reformed Worship issue cover

Articles in this issue:

  • Notes

    COLAM 95

    There is still time to register for COLAM 95, the Conference on Liturgy and Music scheduled for the week of July 17, 1995, at Calvin College. A brochure was inserted in Reformed Worship 35. If you need more copies or more information, see the phone and address information in the list of conferences. Remember that this is a family conference, with activities planned for children and adults.


  • Robbie Castleman. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1993. 125 pp., $7.99.

    I know about the difference between worship B.C. and worship a.d. As Robbie Castleman explains it, that's worship "before children" and worship "after diapers." For parents and their children the church experience can be a seemingly endless hour of whispered commands and coloring books. Or it can be the most intimate moments of sharing an awareness of God's presence.

  • Summer vacations are over. Ministries are finding their feet again after an extended break. The hands of God's people are readied to take up the callings and tasks that he has prepared for them.

  • Sara Covin Juengst. Louisville: John Knox Press, 1994. 116 pp., $11.99.

    In her book Sharing Faith with Children, Sara Juengst addresses a dilemma many pastors face—whether or not to include a children's sermon in the worship service. After outlining the problem in chapter one, she moves into a description of the context of the children's sermon—the worship setting—in chapter two.

  • Every spring the children in Bethany's Youth Choir have something to look forward to. They know that this year, like last year and the years before, they will have the opportunity to lead an evening worship service. Through singing, acting, costumes, and lights, they will bring a part of Scripture to life for the congregation.

  • Preaching to children is nothing new. It's been | happening—in one form or another—as long as children have been part of the church. Even some of the older sermons in print include occasional invitations to the "boys and girls" to listen carefully because this is "especially for you." And as early as the 1800s publishers found a market for collections of children's sermons.