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Worship: Children, Youth, Families & 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;

Worship Materials for All Ages

Paper Bag Cathedrals

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

Check out Miss Suzy's Place for 9 children's story time videos based on Progressive Christianity's A Joyful Path curriculum, a "behavior over belief curriculum that is non-dogmatic, inter-spiritual, and heart centered with an emphasis on the teachings of Jesus and how to follow them in today's world". Commissioned by Spirit of Hope UMC Golden Valley, MN.

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.

develop intergenerational community – even while in isolation - with Bridge Resources for COVID Pandemic Times


Clergy Stuff

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

offers free online worship supplements appropriate for multiple ages

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

Bloom! Children’s Ministry Curriculum will be $50 for all congregations this fall due to the financial impacts of COVID-19 on so many of us. A Story Intro video, Children’s Sermon videos (to edit into a worship video or use to for your own ideas) are also included. Bloom! follows the Narrative Lectionary with ideas for PreK-6th grade, as well as for large group and a Christmas program.

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.

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

Tips & How-To's

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

Book - Paperback     Connections Worship Companion, Year C volume 1     Worship for the Whole People of God, Second Edition     Picture of Worship with Teenagers