"Children's church is a program geared to the child's level so he truly worships the Lord with understanding and has opportunity to actively participate."
What are children learning and experiencing in the children'schurch hour? Dr. Freese answers this question, defines the purpose of children's church, and offers guidelines for organizing, administering, and analysing a children's church program.
Dr. Freese addresses such topics as acquiring adequate leadership, staff, what type of program to adopt, what components make up worship for youngsters, and gives tips on how to keep children from getting bored. Each chapter ends with a Think/Explore sectionthat enables leaders to expand the ideas presented tosuit an individual church's existing program.
This book is an ideal manual to guide leaders in implementing a children's church ministry. Doris A. Freese (B.S., Nyack MissionaryCollege; MA, Wheaton Graduate School; Ph.D., Loyola University) is associate professor of Christian Education at Moody Bible Institute.
What Is Children's Church?
Children's Church with a Purpose
What Is Worship?
"But We're Different!"
Choosing the Best Format
The Teaching Team
Designing the Program
Worshiping at Different Age Levels
Adapting andfor Creating Curriculum
Worshiping with Children in the Adult Service
Appendix A: Planning Sheets for Various Churchtime Groups
Appendix B: Job Description for Churchtime Leadership
Appendix C: Junior Church Churchmanship Unit
Appendix D: Graduation Ceremony for Fifth-Grade Junior Churchers
Appendix E: Curriculum Materials for Children's Church