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12 Days of Christmas Story Stones: Nativity Hands-On Bible Study

Ashley Kersh

2017    54 Pages    (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)

Start a new Christ-centered family holiday tradition with Christmas story stones. Follow the nativity story through a 12-day Bible study. Use our drawing tutorials or create your own story stone designs. Each day includes a Bible verse, discussion questions, an ornament, and family activity ideas including songs, outings, crafts, and Bible study prompts. Join an online community of families for encouragement and inspiration. This Bible study is great for families with kids of any age.

Start a new Christ-centered family holiday tradition with Christmas story stones. Follow the nativity story through a 12-day Bible study. Use our drawing tutorials or create your own story stone designs. Each day includes a Bible verse, discussion questions, an ornament, and family activity ideas including songs, outings, crafts, and Bible study prompts. Join an online community of families for encouragement and inspiration. This Bible study is great for families with kids of any age. [less]

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100 Things for Your Child to Know Before Confirmation

Rebecca Kirkpatrick

2015    (SPCK Publishing)

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And You Welcomed Me: A Sourcebook on Hospitality in Early Christianity

2001    316 Pages    (Abingdon Press)

This volume provides an anthology of about 40 primary source documents that describe the work of religious communities that took care of pilgrims and the sick in the late antique and early medieval world. The project identifies letters, diary accounts, instructions, sermons, travelogues, and community records and rules that give us a window into a world of early communities that saw it as their duty and their privilege to care for the sick, to safeguard the pilgrim, and to host the stranger. [...]

This volume provides an anthology of about 40 primary source documents that describe the work of religious communities that took care of pilgrims and the sick in the late antique and early medieval world. The project identifies letters, diary accounts, instructions, sermons, travelogues, and community records and rules that give us a window into a world of early communities that saw it as their duty and their privilege to care for the sick, to safeguard the pilgrim, and to host the stranger. Each document is placed in historical, geographical, and social context as it contributes to an emerging picture of these communities. The volume addresses the motivations and practices of communities that risked extending hospitality. Why did these communities take great risks for the socially vulnerable? What stake did they have in pilgrims and the sick? What communal experiences supported and sustained both the communities and their audiences? How was hospitality cultivated? [less]

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At Your Baptism

Carrie Steenwyk, John D. Witvliet

2011    10 Pages    (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers)

Through the sacrament of baptism, God shows his love — the same love that claims us for his family, that sent Christ into the world to die for us; the same love that we show to one another. Using simple, clear text adapted from the French Reformed Church liturgy and paired with vibrant illustrations and straightforward explanations on every page, At Your Baptism provides the perfect way to show young children how baptism is a sign of God's love and promises.

Through the sacrament of baptism, God shows his love — the same love that claims us for his family, that sent Christ into the world to die for us; the same love that we show to one another. Using simple, clear text adapted from the French Reformed Church liturgy and paired with vibrant illustrations and straightforward explanations on every page, At Your Baptism provides the perfect way to show young children how baptism is a sign of God's love and promises. [less]

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Autism and Your Church

Barbara J. Newman

2006    136 Pages    (Faith Alive Christian Resources)

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Baptism Promises

Carol A. Wehrheim, Roz Fulcher (Illustrator)

2018    18 Pages    (Westminster John Knox Press)

The perfect baptism gift! Baptism Promises helps explain to children the significance of their baptism and the promises their family and church community made to them during the sacrament. Featuring easy-to-follow language, bright, inclusive artwork, and four simple prayers, this inspiring book is perfect for gift-giving and comes in a board-book format so that even the smallest of hands can hold it. A special dedication page is included in the front of the book. Ideal for children ages 2-4.

The perfect baptism gift! Baptism Promises helps explain to children the significance of their baptism and the promises their family and church community made to them during the sacrament. Featuring easy-to-follow language, bright, inclusive artwork, and four simple prayers, this inspiring book is perfect for gift-giving and comes in a board-book format so that even the smallest of hands can hold it. A special dedication page is included in the front of the book. Ideal for children ages 2-4. [less]

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Be Still

Kathryn O'Brien, Gillian Flint (Illustrator)

2016    40 Pages    (Tyndale House Publishers)

With a repetitive, rhythmic introduction of Psalm 46:10 ("Be still, and know that I am God!"), Be Still turns Bible memorization from a duty to a delight for children, using the author's unique teaching strategy. This purposeful presentation of Scripture will help children memorize, understand, and absorb passages as the author presents this powerful verse one word at a time, teaching the meaning of each individual word before presenting the entire passage. Be Still builds a meaningful [...]

With a repetitive, rhythmic introduction of Psalm 46:10 ("Be still, and know that I am God!"), Be Still turns Bible memorization from a duty to a delight for children, using the author's unique teaching strategy. This purposeful presentation of Scripture will help children memorize, understand, and absorb passages as the author presents this powerful verse one word at a time, teaching the meaning of each individual word before presenting the entire passage. Be Still builds a meaningful connection between God's Word and a child's life experiences, laying a foundation for a love and comprehension of Scripture. Parents and children will enjoy interacting together over the passage. [less]

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Becoming Barnabas: The Ministry of Encouragement

Paul Moots

2004    158 Pages    (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers)

Western culture has made a cult of success, and the church has accepted the larger culture's definition, focusing on success as growth in membership and budget, rather growth in faithfulness as disciples of Jesus. When we do not measure up, we become discouraged, disillusioned, and perhaps even envious. Moots details numerous examples to show how the ministry of encouragement offers a workable, effective pattern for church leadership. "I am convinced," he writes, "that [...]

Western culture has made a cult of success, and the church has accepted the larger culture's definition, focusing on success as growth in membership and budget, rather growth in faithfulness as disciples of Jesus. When we do not measure up, we become discouraged, disillusioned, and perhaps even envious. Moots details numerous examples to show how the ministry of encouragement offers a workable, effective pattern for church leadership. "I am convinced," he writes, "that accepting Barnabas as my model has changed my ministry for the better and that Barnabas's example can benefit any pastor and congregation who take his lessons seriously. Barnabas and his ministry of encouragement offer us a focus for the vital, messy, and exhilarating work required of us as faith communities. [less]

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Becoming Human

Jean Vanier

2008    166 Pages    (Paulist Press)

In this provocative work, Jean Vanier shares his profoundly human vision for creating a common good that radically changes our communities, our relationships, and ourselves. He proposes that by opening ourselves to outsiders, those that we perceive as weak, different, or inferior, we can achieve pure personal and societal freedom. Our society shuns weakness and glorifies strength. By embracing weakness, however, we learn new ways of living and discover greater compassion, trust and understanding [...]

In this provocative work, Jean Vanier shares his profoundly human vision for creating a common good that radically changes our communities, our relationships, and ourselves. He proposes that by opening ourselves to outsiders, those that we perceive as weak, different, or inferior, we can achieve pure personal and societal freedom. Our society shuns weakness and glorifies strength. By embracing weakness, however, we learn new ways of living and discover greater compassion, trust and understanding. This spirit of inclusion has extraordinary implications for the we live our lives and build our communities. [less]

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Belonging to God

Geneva Press

2003    109 Pages    (Geneva Press)

Belonging to God: Catechism Resources for Worshipis designed to bring the language, and thus the teaching of the church, into the worship of God's people. It provides prayers, calls to worship, baptismal and confirmation resources, and more, as well as suggestions for how to incorporate the catechisms.

Belonging to God: Catechism Resources for Worshipis designed to bring the language, and thus the teaching of the church, into the worship of God's people. It provides prayers, calls to worship, baptismal and confirmation resources, and more, as well as suggestions for how to incorporate the catechisms. [less]

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Beyond Accessibility: Toward Full Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Faith Communities

Brett Webb-Mitchell

2010    160 Pages    (Church Publishing Inc.)

A church has built an accessibility ramp and perhaps refitted its restrooms to accommodate a wheelchair. Now what? This new resource by a noted author of several books on people with disabilities offers a theological and practical approach for congregations, with clear, targeted strategies for full inclusion of all members, recognizing and using the gifts that each member brings to the congregations life together.

A church has built an accessibility ramp and perhaps refitted its restrooms to accommodate a wheelchair. Now what? This new resource by a noted author of several books on people with disabilities offers a theological and practical approach for congregations, with clear, targeted strategies for full inclusion of all members, recognizing and using the gifts that each member brings to the congregations life together. [less]

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Challenging Behavior in Young Children: Understanding, Preventing and Responding Effectively (3rd Edition)

Barbara Kaiser, Judy Sklar Rasminsky

2011    368 Pages    (Pearson)

Are you a student of education or educator currently in the field seeking answers to challenging behavior in your young students? If your answer is a resounding “Yes!” then you have found your survival guide!  Award-winning writers Barbara Kaiser and Judy Sklar Rasminksy have penned the most up-to-date resource for pre- and in-service teachers struggling with the answers to understanding, preventing, and addressing challenging behavior in primary grades and in preschools or [...]

Are you a student of education or educator currently in the field seeking answers to challenging behavior in your young students? If your answer is a resounding “Yes!” then you have found your survival guide!  Award-winning writers Barbara Kaiser and Judy Sklar Rasminksy have penned the most up-to-date resource for pre- and in-service teachers struggling with the answers to understanding, preventing, and addressing challenging behavior in primary grades and in preschools or child care centers in Challenging Behavior in Young Children: Understanding, Preventing, and Responding Effectively, Third Edition.   Highlighting the importance of relationships, the revised edition provides new background information and additional research-based strategies to enable pre-service and practicing teachers and child care staff to understand, prevent, and respond effectively to challenging behavior. The authors have widened the book’s scope this time around to make this edition just as useful to primary school teachers as it is for preschool educators, furnishing numerous practical, indispensable tips for responding to children’s needs and helping them know what is expected of them. The text stresses that every child has some kind of special need, especially children with challenging behavior, and prevention is the best intervention. The authors have also added material on inclusion, autism, culture, and dual-language learning, as children with disabilities, children from diverse families, and children who speak languages other than English join the classroom mix in greater numbers.   The book retains its personal touch and real-life examples, drawing on Barbara’s three decades in the field, and is replete with in-depth background information, strategies, and evidence-based techniques necessary to help pre-service and practicing teachers understand, prevent, and address the behavior problems found so often in today’s primary schools and child care centers, to work with the most difficult behaviors, and to benefit every child in the classroom. Challenging Behavior in Young Children, Third  Edition emphasizes the teacher’s role in the behavior of children, encouraging students and educators to reflect on their own values, feelings, and actions. The result is an invaluable resource for everyone involved in the education of young children. [less]

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Children among Us

Cassandra D. Williams (Editor)

2003    (Curriculum Publishing, Presbyterian Church (U. S. A.))

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Children and Spirituality: Searching for Meaning and Connectedness

Brendan Hyde

2008    192 Pages    (Jessica Kingsley)

Brendan Hyde identifies four characteristics of children's spirituality: the felt sense, integrating awareness, weaving the threads of meaning, and spiritual questing. These characteristics can be observed in children if those who work with them know what to look for and are alert to the time, place and space in which children find themselves. This book provides ways in which schoolteachers and parents can nurture and foster these particular characteristics of children's spirituality. [...]

Brendan Hyde identifies four characteristics of children's spirituality: the felt sense, integrating awareness, weaving the threads of meaning, and spiritual questing. These characteristics can be observed in children if those who work with them know what to look for and are alert to the time, place and space in which children find themselves. This book provides ways in which schoolteachers and parents can nurture and foster these particular characteristics of children's spirituality. It also considers two factors, material pursuit and trivialising, which may inhibit children's expression of their spirituality. Children and Spirituality will be of great interest to educators, policy makers, parents, and others who work with and seek to nurture the spirituality of children. [less]

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Children of God Storybook Bible

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

2010    128 Pages    (Zondervan)

Desmond Tutu retells more than fifty of his most beloved stories, artfully highlighting God's desire for all people to love one another and to find peace and forgiveness in their hearts. Many of the finest artists from around the world have been selected to illustrate the stories. In an attempt to create the first truly global Bible for children, the artists have been invited to portray the stories with the style and richness of their own culture. Their stunning color illustrations allow [...]

Desmond Tutu retells more than fifty of his most beloved stories, artfully highlighting God's desire for all people to love one another and to find peace and forgiveness in their hearts. Many of the finest artists from around the world have been selected to illustrate the stories. In an attempt to create the first truly global Bible for children, the artists have been invited to portray the stories with the style and richness of their own culture. Their stunning color illustrations allow readers to experience the Bible stories as if they were there---with Adam and Eve in the garden, with Noah on the ark, with Abraham in the desert, and with Jesus on the mountaintop. Every story shows how God works through history and ends with a short prayer, which personalizes the message for each reader's own life. Archbishop Tutu's wisdom, compassion, and sense of humor shine throughout, as he reminds us that 'We are all God's children.' Archbishop Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his lifelong struggle to bring equality, justice, and peace to his native country of South Africa. In 1986, he was elected Archbishop of Cape Town, the highest position in the Anglican Church in Southern Africa. Tutu is currently the Chair of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders who are working to promote the shared interests of humanity. In 2009 Tutu received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor. He is known for his great love for children, as well as his powerful and profound understanding of the message of Jesus Christ. The Archbishop lives in South Africa with his wife, Leah. They have four children and seven grandchildren. 'In the spirit of celebrating children all over the world, each illustrator in this book has been invited to draw on their own unique and rich cultural heritage in their portrayal of these Biblical stories. Their art is truly a marvelous reflection of how we are all made in God's image.' --(Archbishop) Desmond Tutu [less]

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Children's Guide to Worship, A

Ruth L. Boling, Lauren J. Muzzy, Laurie A. Vance, Tracey Dahle Carrier

1997    22 Pages    (Geneva Press)

This delightful book is a guide to worship for young children. Illustrated by mice that help explain Sunday worship services and encourage participation in worship by children and their parents, this book was designed for use by children age three through nine with the help of parents or teachers.

This delightful book is a guide to worship for young children. Illustrated by mice that help explain Sunday worship services and encourage participation in worship by children and their parents, this book was designed for use by children age three through nine with the help of parents or teachers. [less]

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Children's Ministry in the Way of Jesus

David M. Csinos, Ivy Beckwith

2013    208 Pages    (IVP Books)

Attract kids to church, the logic often goes, and you get parents in the pews. All that's left, then, is to get the kids out of the way. Here children's ministers David Csinos and Ivy Beckwith draw on research in human development and spiritual formation to show how children become disciples and churches become centers of lifelong discipleship. For too long, the local church has focused primarily on programs for children rather than ways of doing ministry with children. But in light of [...]

Attract kids to church, the logic often goes, and you get parents in the pews. All that's left, then, is to get the kids out of the way. Here children's ministers David Csinos and Ivy Beckwith draw on research in human development and spiritual formation to show how children become disciples and churches become centers of lifelong discipleship. For too long, the local church has focused primarily on programs for children rather than ways of doing ministry with children. But in light of emerging missional movements, the church is changing and forming a new kind of ecclesial culture. And children's ministry must follow suit. Csinos and Beckwith propose a new way of thinking for these modern churches—they suggest that children can contribute to our theological understandings, as well as invest in and practice Biblical justice just like adult church members. Here is a unique resource that explores children's ministry in light of true spiritual formation and discipleship. [less]

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Circle of Seasons: Meeting God in the Church Year, The

Kimberlee Conway Ireton

2008    139 Pages    (IVP Books)

The seasons tell a story. Are you listening? The church year is a uniquely Christian way of marking time. When Kimberlee Conway Ireton began to understand this, even the most ordinary incidents of her life began to resonate with the stories of Scripture. In this book, Kimberlee follows the structure of the liturgical year--from Advent to the second cycle of Ordinary Time--describing the origin of each observance and its ongoing relevance for our lives. In a word, The Circle of Seasons offers you [...]

The seasons tell a story. Are you listening? The church year is a uniquely Christian way of marking time. When Kimberlee Conway Ireton began to understand this, even the most ordinary incidents of her life began to resonate with the stories of Scripture. In this book, Kimberlee follows the structure of the liturgical year--from Advent to the second cycle of Ordinary Time--describing the origin of each observance and its ongoing relevance for our lives. In a word, The Circle of Seasons offers you structure--a simple and traditional way of building your life around your faith, rather than the other way around. [less]

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Come Worship with Me

Ruth L. Boling

2010    50 Pages    (Westminster John Knox Press)

Originally published: Louisville, Ky.: Geneva Press, c2001.

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Community: The Structure of Belonging

Peter Block

2009    264 Pages    (Berrett-Koehler Publishers)

Modern society is plagued by fragmentation. The various sectors of our communities--businesses, schools, social service organizations, churches, government--do not work together. They exist in their own worlds. As do so many individual citizens, who long for connection but end up marginalized, their gifts overlooked, their potential contributions lost. This disconnection and detachment makes it hard if not impossible to envision a common future and work towards it together. We know what healthy [...]

Modern society is plagued by fragmentation. The various sectors of our communities--businesses, schools, social service organizations, churches, government--do not work together. They exist in their own worlds. As do so many individual citizens, who long for connection but end up marginalized, their gifts overlooked, their potential contributions lost. This disconnection and detachment makes it hard if not impossible to envision a common future and work towards it together. We know what healthy communities look like--there are many success stories out there, and they've been described in detail. What Block provides in this inspiring new book is an exploration of the exact way community can emerge from fragmentation: How is community built? How does the transformation occur? What fundamental shifts are involved? He explores a way of thinking about our places that creates an opening for authentic communities to exist and details what each of us can do to make that happen. [less]

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Connecting Generations: The Sourcebook for a New Workplace

Claire Raines

2003    208 Pages    (Crisp Learning)

The new multi-generation workplace is a complex and dynamic organism that requires flexibility and skill from all participants, especially from managers. People of all ages can work side by side and draw from a rich mixture of skill and experience-this book can show you how it can be done.

The new multi-generation workplace is a complex and dynamic organism that requires flexibility and skill from all participants, especially from managers. People of all ages can work side by side and draw from a rich mixture of skill and experience-this book can show you how it can be done. [less]

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DEC Recommended Practices Monograph Series No. 2

Tricia Catalino (Editor), Lori E. Meyer (Editor), Division for Early Childhood (Produced by), Kevin Dolan (Technical editor)

2016    (Division for Early Childhood)

Environment affects children's health and development and is integral to every interaction a child might have with people, built space, materials, and even time. Practitioners, families, and leaders can influence and advocate for positive changes to environments that in turn improve child outcomes. In this issue, the second release in the DEC Recommended Practices Monograph Series, we focus on environment as an essential area of attention for practitioners who support young children with [...]

Environment affects children's health and development and is integral to every interaction a child might have with people, built space, materials, and even time. Practitioners, families, and leaders can influence and advocate for positive changes to environments that in turn improve child outcomes. In this issue, the second release in the DEC Recommended Practices Monograph Series, we focus on environment as an essential area of attention for practitioners who support young children with disabilities and their families. As one of the eight topic areas in the DEC Recommended Practices, Environment intersects with several other topic areas, and decisions made here can impact the quality of care and education we provide while showing measurable influence on expected outcomes. [less]

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Drawing God

Karen Kiefer

2019    32 Pages    (Paraclete Press, Incorporated)

Picasso's artistic inspiration takes hold of young Emma's faith imagination in this beautifully illustrated debut picture book about how we all see God differently.   "This urge to draw something beyond spectacular would not leave my side. 'What should I draw?' I thought. I sat quietly, listening to my mind and heart. That's when I heard their whisper and I decided to draw God."   Emma tries again and again and again to draw God, but her classmates can't see God in any [...]

Picasso's artistic inspiration takes hold of young Emma's faith imagination in this beautifully illustrated debut picture book about how we all see God differently.   "This urge to draw something beyond spectacular would not leave my side. 'What should I draw?' I thought. I sat quietly, listening to my mind and heart. That's when I heard their whisper and I decided to draw God."   Emma tries again and again and again to draw God, but her classmates can't see God in any of her drawings. Emma finally realizes that she doesn't need their approval.     "I knew I had drawn God. God knew I had drawn God, and maybe Picasso knew, too. That finally felt like enough."   But when Emma returns to school on the following Monday, something beyond spectacular happens.   Drawing God is a story for children to discover what inspires their very own faith imagination and to realize the contagious faith that lives powerfully within them.   Celebrate World Drawing God Day on November 7th. Visitwww.drawing-god.com.   [less]

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En la mesa de Dios/At God's Table: bilingual picture book (Spanish-English)

John D. Witvliet, María Eugenia Cornou

2017    40 Pages    (CICW Books)

At God’s Table/En la mesa de Dios is a bilingual (Spanish-English) children’s book that explores the richly symbolic practice of the Lord’s Supper in Christian worshiping communities. In this vividly illustrated book, the celebration of the Lord’s Supper unfolds as a multi-faceted event that nourishes our faith and stirs our imagination to see the gifts of grace and signs of God's ongoing work in our lives and God’s world.About the contributorsMaría Cornou is program manager for [...]

At God’s Table/En la mesa de Dios is a bilingual (Spanish-English) children’s book that explores the richly symbolic practice of the Lord’s Supper in Christian worshiping communities. In this vividly illustrated book, the celebration of the Lord’s Supper unfolds as a multi-faceted event that nourishes our faith and stirs our imagination to see the gifts of grace and signs of God's ongoing work in our lives and God’s world.About the contributorsMaría Cornou is program manager for international and intercultural learning at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. She recently completed her Ph.D. in theology with the Free University of Amsterdam. She is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina.Carrie Steenwyk is children's ministry director and lead curriculum writer at Harderwyk Ministries in Holland, Michigan. She teaches at Kuyper College and edits for several publishers, including the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. With CICW, she has been co-editor for the Church at Worship series, and co-author of At Your Baptism.John D. Witvliet is director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and professor of congregational and ministry studies, music, and worship at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary, respectively. He is co-editor of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship, with Joyce Borger and Martin Tel (Brazos Press and Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2012).Joel Schoon-Tanis has written and illustrated several books (recently 40: the Biblical story), painted murals around the world (including Kenya, Zambia, the Separation Wall in Palestine), and painted nearly a gazillion paintings in his career. In 2016 one of these was presented to the Pope. [less]

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End of American Childhood: A History of Parenting from Life on the Frontier to the Managed Child, The

Paula S. Fass

2016    352 Pages    (Princeton University Press)

The End of American Childhood takes a sweeping look at the history of American childhood and parenting, from the nation's founding to the present day. Renowned historian Paula Fass shows how, since the beginning of the American republic, independence, self-definition, and individual success have informed Americans' attitudes toward children. But as parents today hover over every detail of their children's lives, are the qualities that once made American childhood special still desired or [...]

The End of American Childhood takes a sweeping look at the history of American childhood and parenting, from the nation's founding to the present day. Renowned historian Paula Fass shows how, since the beginning of the American republic, independence, self-definition, and individual success have informed Americans' attitudes toward children. But as parents today hover over every detail of their children's lives, are the qualities that once made American childhood special still desired or possible? Placing the experiences of children and parents against the backdrop of social, political, and cultural shifts, Fass challenges Americans to reconnect with the beliefs that set the American understanding of childhood apart from the rest of the world. Fass examines how freer relationships between American children and parents transformed the national culture, altered generational relationships among immigrants, helped create a new science of child development, and promoted a revolution in modern schooling. She looks at the childhoods of icons including Margaret Mead and Ulysses S. Grant--who, as an eleven-year-old, was in charge of his father's fields and explored his rural Ohio countryside. Fass also features less well-known children like ten-year-old Rose Cohen, who worked in the drudgery of nineteenth-century factories. Bringing readers into the present, Fass argues that current American conditions and policies have made adolescence socially irrelevant and altered children's road to maturity, while parental oversight threatens children's competence and initiative. Showing how American parenting has been firmly linked to historical changes, The End of American Childhood considers what implications this might hold for the nation's future. [less]

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Enhancing Circle Time for the Very Young: For Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1 Children (Lucky Duck Books)

Margaret Collins

2003    108 Pages    (SAGE Publications Ltd)

Written for anyone using Circle Time with 3 to 7 year olds, this book sets out strategies and activities for making the most out of Circle Time sessions. Pre and post-activities are included, to encourage children to focus on the content of Circle Time as a way of sharing their work, ideas and thoughts. The book provides 11 different themes that can be linked to PSHCE, ranging from Caring for Others to Keeping Safe. Each theme provides: o aims o Circle Time activities o Draw and Talk o follow-up [...]

Written for anyone using Circle Time with 3 to 7 year olds, this book sets out strategies and activities for making the most out of Circle Time sessions. Pre and post-activities are included, to encourage children to focus on the content of Circle Time as a way of sharing their work, ideas and thoughts. The book provides 11 different themes that can be linked to PSHCE, ranging from Caring for Others to Keeping Safe. Each theme provides: o aims o Circle Time activities o Draw and Talk o follow-up activities and suggestions for display o resources o reflections and evaluations. Margaret Collins is a former headteacher of an infant and first school, and the author of the hugely popular 'Circle Time for the Very Young'. She is now Visiting Fellow in the School of Education at the University of Southampton. She researches children's perceptions of health education topics, writes and co-writes teaching materials for children, books and articles on personal, social, health and citizenship education (PSHCE). [less]

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Enter the Story: 7 Experiences to Unlock the Bible for Your Students

Michael Novelli

2010    208 Pages    (Zondervan/Youth Specialties)

'Imagine what your students would learn if they were there when the Hebrews wandered for forty years through the wilderness. What would your students experience if they walked through an Old Testament Tabernacle? How would their lives be changed if they really understood the Kingdom of God? When it comes to learning, all the best teaching can't compare to the value of an interactive experience. When your students have the opportunity to use all their senses and personally participate [...]

'Imagine what your students would learn if they were there when the Hebrews wandered for forty years through the wilderness. What would your students experience if they walked through an Old Testament Tabernacle? How would their lives be changed if they really understood the Kingdom of God? When it comes to learning, all the best teaching can't compare to the value of an interactive experience. When your students have the opportunity to use all their senses and personally participate in a lesson, they walk away with a greater understanding. Enter the Story gives you everything you need to help your students engage in and learn from the Bible with seven unforgettable, hands-on experiences. As you understand more about experiential learning, you'll also find detailed instructions to effectively prepare experiences on: * Creation * Separation * Wanderings * Tabernacle * Kingdom * The Cross * Restoration Whether used individually or in succession, at a weekly youth group meeting or during a retreat, these practical and easy-to-use experiences will shed new light on the Bible and allow students to truly enter into God's Story. ' [less]

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Exploring and Engaging Spirituality for Today's Children

La Verne Tolbert, Shirley Morgenthaler (Foreword by)

2014    364 Pages    (Wipf & Stock Publishers)

Description: Exploring and Engaging Children's Spirituality: A Holistic Approach to Nurturing Christian Formation answers questions about the most effective ways to help children, pre-teens, and teens develop spiritually. This collection of research gleaned from presentations during the Fourth Triennial Children's Spirituality Conference at Concordia University in 2012 is divided into four major sections: (1) theological and historical foundations, (2) engaging parents and congregations, (3) [...]

Description: Exploring and Engaging Children's Spirituality: A Holistic Approach to Nurturing Christian Formation answers questions about the most effective ways to help children, pre-teens, and teens develop spiritually. This collection of research gleaned from presentations during the Fourth Triennial Children's Spirituality Conference at Concordia University in 2012 is divided into four major sections: (1) theological and historical foundations, (2) engaging parents and congregations, (3) engaging methodologies, and (4) exploring children at risk, child pornography, social justice, intercultural diversity, and abstinence education. Researchers acknowledge that the home is the foundation for Christian nurture. In Exploring and Engaging Children's Spirituality, both scholars and ministry leaders come together with parents to promote a holistic environment where children are encouraged to love, respect, and obey God. From birth to high school, children's voices resonate throughout these studies as they are invited to share their reflections and experiences. Exploring and Engaging Children's Spirituality is a lively, easy-to-read collection that reflects a broad range of faith traditions and is ideal for all those who are committed to the spiritual development of children. [less]

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Faith Formation in a Secular Age: Responding to the Church's Obsession with Youthfulness (Ministry in a Secular Age)

Andrew Root

2017    240 Pages    (Baker Academic)

The loss or disaffiliation of young adults is a much-discussed topic in churches today. Many faith-formation programs focus on keeping the young, believing the youthful spirit will save the church. But do these programs have more to do with an obsession with youthfulness than with helping young people encounter the living God?Questioning the search for new or improved faith-formation programs, leading practical theologian Andrew Root offers an alternative take on the issue of youth drifting away [...]

The loss or disaffiliation of young adults is a much-discussed topic in churches today. Many faith-formation programs focus on keeping the young, believing the youthful spirit will save the church. But do these programs have more to do with an obsession with youthfulness than with helping young people encounter the living God?Questioning the search for new or improved faith-formation programs, leading practical theologian Andrew Root offers an alternative take on the issue of youth drifting away from the church and articulates how faith can be formed in our secular age. He offers a theology of faith constructed from a rich cultural conversation, providing a deeper understanding of the phenomena of the "nones" and "moralistic therapeutic deism." Root helps readers understand why forming faith is so hard in our context and shows that what we have lost is not the ability to keep people connected to our churches but an imagination for how and where God could be present in their lives. He considers what faith is and what steps we can take to move into it, exploring a Pauline concept of faith as encounter with divine action. [less]

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Faith Forward: A Dialogue on Children, Youth, and A New Kind of Christianity

2013    288 Pages    (Woodlake)

Knowing how to nurture faith in young people is a challenge, particularly when we want to encourage a faith that is generous, innovative, and contextual. Faith Forward gathers 21 presentations from the 2012 ""Children, Youth, and a New Kind of Christianity"" conference held in Washington, D.C., and makes them available for those in ministry with children and youth, pastors, parents, professors anyone called to help young people on their journey of faith. Authors and attendees [...]

Knowing how to nurture faith in young people is a challenge, particularly when we want to encourage a faith that is generous, innovative, and contextual. Faith Forward gathers 21 presentations from the 2012 ""Children, Youth, and a New Kind of Christianity"" conference held in Washington, D.C., and makes them available for those in ministry with children and youth, pastors, parents, professors anyone called to help young people on their journey of faith. Authors and attendees alike came from several countries and many denominational inflections. Likewise, the chapters express various contemporary takes on Christian faith and discipleship. This book is a goldmine of information and inspiration for those seeking to engage children and youth in respectful conversation, exploration, and learning in today's complex world. If you are seeking grassroots, forward-thinking, ecumenical, innovative, and collaborative ways to do children and youth ministry, then this book provides the material to move you in that direction. [less]

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Faith Forward Volume 2

2015    192 Pages    (CopperHouse)

Something is happening in the church. Fresh expressions of Christianity are taking root and growing across the globe. Forward-thinking approaches to ministry, worship, and community are emerging. Questions are being asked. And change is happening.But what does the spiritual formation of children and youth look like in the midst of these changes? Faith Forward: Re-Imagining Children’s and Youth Ministry is the second volume in the groundbreaking “Faith Forward” series. Compiled from [...]

Something is happening in the church. Fresh expressions of Christianity are taking root and growing across the globe. Forward-thinking approaches to ministry, worship, and community are emerging. Questions are being asked. And change is happening.But what does the spiritual formation of children and youth look like in the midst of these changes? Faith Forward: Re-Imagining Children’s and Youth Ministry is the second volume in the groundbreaking “Faith Forward” series. Compiled from presentations given at the Faith Forward 2014 conference, held in Nashville, Tenessee, May 19–22, this volume features the work of Brian McLaren, Sandy Sasso, Andrew Root, Phyllis Tickle, Anne Streaty Wimberly, Ivy Beckwith with David M. Csinos, Paul-André Durocher, Bonnie Miller-McLemore, Melvin Bray, and more.If you are seeking ways of doing children’s and youth ministry that are grassroots, forward-thinking, ecumenical, innovative and collaborative, this book will provide inspiration and wisdom for the journey. It is essential reading for leaders working with children and youth, as well as for pastors, professors, and parents – anyone and everyone seeking to engage children and youth in respectful conversation, exploration, and learning in today’s complex world.  [less]

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Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down across Generations

Vern L. Bengtson

2013    288 Pages    (Oxford University Press)

Few things are more likely to cause heartache to devout parents than seeing their child leave the faith. And it seems, from media portrayals, that this is happening more and more frequently. But is religious change between generations common? How does religion get passed down from one generation to the next? How do some families succeed in passing on their faith while others do not? Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down across Generations seeks to answer these questions and many more. [...]

Few things are more likely to cause heartache to devout parents than seeing their child leave the faith. And it seems, from media portrayals, that this is happening more and more frequently. But is religious change between generations common? How does religion get passed down from one generation to the next? How do some families succeed in passing on their faith while others do not? Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down across Generations seeks to answer these questions and many more. For almost four decades, Vern Bengtson and his colleagues have been conducting the largest-ever study of religion and family across generations. Through war and social upheaval, depression and technological revolution, they have followed more than 350 families composed of more than 3,500 individuals whose lives span more than a century--the oldest was born in 1881, the youngest in 1988--to find out how religion is, or is not, passed down from one generation to the next. What they found may come as a surprise: despite enormous changes in American society, a child is actually more likely to remain within the fold than leave it, and even the nonreligious are more likely to follow their parents' example than to rebel. And while outside forces do play a role, the crucial factor in whether a child keeps the faith is the presence of a strong fatherly bond. Mixing unprecedented data with gripping interviews and sharp analysis, Families and Faith offers a fascinating exploration of what allows a family to pass on its most deeply-held tradition--its faith. [less]

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Feed All My Sheep: A Guide and Curriculum for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Doris C. Clark

2000    120 Pages    (Geneva Press)

This book provides a curriculum for teaching adults and older youth with disabilities about the church. Doris Clark offers experienced and comprehensive advice about how to set up church classes geared to the requirements of adults with special needs and how to integrate them into the church community.

This book provides a curriculum for teaching adults and older youth with disabilities about the church. Doris Clark offers experienced and comprehensive advice about how to set up church classes geared to the requirements of adults with special needs and how to integrate them into the church community. [less]

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For Life Abundant: Practical Theology, Theological Education, and Christian Ministry

2008    384 Pages    (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.)

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Formational Children's Ministry: Shaping Children Using Story, Ritual, and Relationship (emersion: Emergent Village resources for communities of faith)

Ivy Beckwith

2010    160 Pages    (Baker Books)

Much ministry to children looks more like mere entertainment than authentic spiritual formation. But what if children's ministries were rooted in a mind set whereby we taught children, with our words and actions, how the story of God, the story of church history, the story of the local community, and the story of the child intersect and speak to one another? What if children's ministry was less about downloading information into kids' heads and more about leading them into these [...]

Much ministry to children looks more like mere entertainment than authentic spiritual formation. But what if children's ministries were rooted in a mind set whereby we taught children, with our words and actions, how the story of God, the story of church history, the story of the local community, and the story of the child intersect and speak to one another? What if children's ministry was less about downloading information into kids' heads and more about leading them into these powerful, compelling stories? Beckwith aims to help ministers and parents create a ministry that captures children's imaginations not just to keep them occupied, but to live as citizens of the kingdom of God. In addition to providing theological reasons for formational children's ministry, the book offers examples of how Ivy and other practitioners are implementing a formational model. [less]

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From Generation to Generation: The Adaptive Challenge of Mainline Protestant Education in Forming Faith

Charles R. Foster

2012    160 Pages    (Wipf & Stock Pub)

Mainline Protestant congregations face a profound adaptive challenge. In the midst of significant social, cultural, and technological change, the denominations they represent generally abandoned a view of education capable of maintaining and renewing their faith traditions through their children and youth. New curriculum resources and innovative pedagogical strategies appropriated from the marketplace of religious education options have not met the challenge. A transformation of consciousness is [...]

Mainline Protestant congregations face a profound adaptive challenge. In the midst of significant social, cultural, and technological change, the denominations they represent generally abandoned a view of education capable of maintaining and renewing their faith traditions through their children and youth. New curriculum resources and innovative pedagogical strategies appropriated from the marketplace of religious education options have not met the challenge. A transformation of consciousness is required in congregations seeking a future through their children. It involves the exercise of an ecclesial imagination to reclaim a view of education rooted in the revitalization of their religious traditions in the past and re-envisioning the congregation as a catechetical culture of faith formation. [less]

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