There’s nothing that delights young children more than discovering a place in a formal or adult context that is designed to be kid-friendly!
If you can create an area that welcomes and engages young children, it will nurture their sense of belonging in your congregation. Promote this space to be a gathering place and distribution center for appropriate resources for children while they participate in worship.
Introducing Davey and Goliath as kid-friendly personalities in this area of ministry can increase a child’s level of interest and involvement. Be clear that these characters are devoted to being a special friend to younger members in your congregation.
Although Davey and Goliath became famous as characters on a children’s television series in the 1950s and ‘60s, they are timeless in their ability to relate to engage children in adventures that interpret faith and values for daily living. The characters can be used to welcome and engage children in kid-friendly ways.
Check out the following insights as you consider the possibility of establishing Davey and Goliath as partners in this area of ministry.
Resource for Children’s Bulletins or Activity Sheets
Children’s Worship Activities - Years 1-3. Virginia Kessen. Abingdon Press. (800/672-1789) www.cokesbury.com
An annual resource of lectionary-based reproducible activity sheets for children to use during the worship hour.
Year 1 ISBN: 0-6870-2808-6
Year 2 ISBN: 0-6870-2828-0
Year 3 ISBN: 0-6870-2818-3
Children’s Worship Bulletins (800.992.2144) www.childrensbulletins.com
Versions for ages 3-6 and ages 7-12 are filled with pictures, codes and puzzles are available for electronic delivery.
Fold and Do: 52 Pencil-popping, Wiggle-stopping Things to Do in Church. Carla Williams, Concordia Publishing. ISBN 0-5700-5287-4 (800.325.3040) www.cph.org
Each activity sheet folds into a small booklet and features a Bible verse, a devotional thought, one or two activities, and a prayer for Grades 2-4.
Kid’s Celebrate Bulletin Inserts.
Reproducible pages provide lectionary-linked activities and aids for children in pre-K through the early elementary years
Cycle A: ISBN 0-8066-4671-3
Cycle B: ISBN 0-8066-4228-0
Cycle C: ISBN 0-8066-4549-0
Little Hands Fold and Do: 52 Pencil-popping, Wiggle-stopping Things to Do in Church. Carla Williams, Concordia Publishing. ISBN 0-5700-5286-6 (800.325.3040) www.cph.org
Great for use as bulletin inserts or classroom activity sheets for Preschool-Grade 1.
Resources for Children’s Stewardship Envelopes
52 weekly envelopes, plus Christmas and Easter. Access the ELCA Resource Catalog to order envelopes.
Davey and Goliath Faith Trait Series – Preschool-Elementary
Color Me Giving – Preschool-Elementary
S.S. Noah – Preschool-Elementary
Bible Trivia - Early elementary through middle school