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Worship: Intergenerational

resources from judicatories, including re-opening guidelines and online worship videos; online hospitality & participation; engaging children, youth, and intergenerational; lectionary & preaching; liturgy, music & liturgical arts; tech & copyright helps;

Welcome

Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated Intergenerational Worship resource list. Here are aids for creating worship appropriate for all ages.

Scroll down to find liturgical elements, music, and preaching tips.

Click on our ....with Children lib guide for specific ways to integrate children's experience in worship.

Books

Book - Paperback     Connections Worship Companion, Year C volume 1     Engage All Generations: A Strategic Toolkit for Creating Intergenerational  Faith Communities: Cory Seibel: 9781684263219: Amazon.com: Books     A Gospel for All Ages: Teaching and Preaching with the Whole Church     InterGenerate: Transforming Churches through Intergenerational Ministry:  Holly Catterton Allen, Jason Brian Santos: 9781684261505: Amazon.com: Books     Worship for the Whole People of God, Second Edition     Picture of Worship with Teenagers

Tips & How-To's

IG Book Promo.png The InterGenerate Conference generates books on Intergenerational Ministry (see above) and offers an annual opportunity to network and collaborate with other faith leaders building intergenerational ministries.

Clothesline Collects: Leading Children to Prayer

Writing collects, prayers to gather and focus worshipers, is an activity that can be tailored to various ages and is excellent  for distilling a mission.

Child and adult volunteering together at a church service project

6 Suggestions to Promote Healthy Intergenerational Worship

David Manner says the goal of healthy intergenerational worship is unobtainable unless the different generations within your church are first interacting together outside of worship. He outlines six suggestions for bringing those of different ages together in prayer, Bible study, service, song, fellowship, and communion.

“Children in Worship, Seen and Heard” – Julie Bedard

Julie Bedard provides the videos: Hand motions to teach children refrains of hymns - Demonstration videos by Julie Bedardto help include children in worship. Read her In Tempo article in the ALCM archives in the members area at alcm.org.

Music

a songbook for all ages; contains 25 of the most popular and accessible songs from “Singing the Living Tradition” and “Singing the Journey”, from the UU

Glory to God--Hymns and Songs for Children and Families: Singing Faith All Day Long

Created to help people share songs of the Christian faith with children, these 19 songs and 4 prayers - adapted for children by professional musicians - form a soundtrack for children to know themselves as God's children.

You may download this resource via iTunes.

Worship Materials for All Ages

Welcome to Cathy's Music - Cathy's MusicCathy’s Music is music where faith and fun meet. Your children will sing about the promises of God and the stories of God’s people and have fun at the same time.

Kid-friendly Christian songs that make a director’s job easy!

Paper Bag Cathedrals

Paper Bag Cathedrals creates worship resources specifically for the challenges and advantages of small congregations.

Storypath links children's books to religious themes and to both the Narrative and Revised Common Lectionaries.

See Michel's Story & Stretch connected to Scripture and a corresponding children's book here.

Connect with Michel for Story & Stretch lesson plans personalized for your family or community.

offers a full list of free and downloadable activities like an origami butterfly, a paper airplane, parable-themed coloring pages, and more. Also, if you have some of their children's books, there are discussion guides as well.

GenOn MinistriesResources to help all ages become leaders in worship through drama, handbells, choir, drumming circles, and other worship arts. Learn more and find intergenerational ideas and resources here.

Clergy StuffClergy Stuff offers resources for Narrative and Revised Common Lectionaries, including confirmation, worship, preaching, children's stories, and VBS.

Sparkhouse offers free online worship supplements appropriate for multiple ages

Spark Worship Bulletins, Year B, are reproduceable, intended for pre-readers and readers. Download a sample.

Liturgical Elements

In Our Library

50 Praise, Pray and Play Sessions By Rona Orme     9781841014326: All-Age Worship          1094071     Book, Bath, Table, and Time | Christian Worship as Source and Resource for Youth Ministry (Edie)     1072481     1289656     The Church of All Ages     Crafts for Creative Worship          Picture of Creative Ideas for Children's Worship - Year A     Creative Ideas for Whole Church Family Worship with CD ROM     undefined     Generations Together: Caring, Praying, Learning, Celebrating, & Serving Faithfully by [Kathie Amidei, Jim Merhaut, John Roberto]     9780829818536: Holy Things for Youth Ministry: 13 Practical Sessions     Intergenerational Christian Formation          8354035     Cover Image          Prayer & Prayer Activities: For Worship with Adults, Children and All-Ages, Years A, B & C [With CDROM] Cover Image                    The Worship Architect: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services  -     By: Constance M. Cherry