Item description for Children Matter: Celebrating Their Place in the Church, Family, and Community by Scottie May, Beth Posterski & Catherine Stonehouse...
Overview Children today are no longer expected to be "seen and not heard," yet in many churches children are involved only in programs designated for them. "Children Matter" offers a full discussion of children's spirituality and shows how the faith community can effectively nurture its youngest members. Speaking from their experience with children's ministry in a range of Protestant traditions, the authors draw on the Bible, history, and psychology to lay good foundations for such ministry before discussing the specific content and contexts of faith formation. Finally, they provide wise and practical advice on putting together interesting programs without losing sight of their main purpose. Rather than focusing on innovative ways to use technology, "Children Matter" emphasizes relationships between people and encourages the church to welcome all children as valued participants in the people of God. It will challenge and refresh anyone invested in ministry with children.
Publishers Description Children today are no longer expected to be "seen and not heard," yet in many churches children are involved only in programs specifically designated for them. Children Matter offers a full discussion of children's spirituality and shows how the faith community can better nurture its youngest members. Speaking from their experience with children's ministry in a range of Protestant traditions, the authors draw on the Bible, history, and psychology to lay good foundations for such ministry. Discussing the specific content and contexts of faith formation, they also offer wise and practical advice on putting together effective ministries. Rather than focusing on innovative ways to use technology, Children Matter emphasizes relationships between people and encourages the church to welcome all children as valued participants in the people of God.
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.08" Width: 6.02" Height: 1.06" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2005
Publisher WM. B. EERDMANS PUBLISHING CO.
ISBN 0802822282 ISBN13 9780802822284
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More About Scottie May, Beth Posterski & Catherine Stonehouse
Scottie May is an experienced church educator, editor and developer of materials for childrenbs ministries, and a writer of curriculum and articles dealing with Christian Education issues. Currently she is Assistant Professor in the Department of Christian formation and Ministry at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. She has also taught courses for Trinity University, Deerfield, Illinois, Asbury Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, and North Park Seminary, Chicago. She has a PhD in education from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Children Matter: Celebrating their Place in the Church, Family and Community?
useful tool Jan 11, 2007
Children Matter is a useful tool for church education committees to read and study together. It provides a broad overview of the componants of educational programing in a parish setting. It introduces aspects of educational ministry that lay persons need to develop an understanding and articulation of today's approach.
I would also reccomend it for college and seminary introduction courses.
Karen Cross Church Educator
Great ideas for refreshing pilgrimage of a child with God Jan 9, 2006
Although this book is written by a group of educators it is one of the best books I have ever read on children's spirituality and show us with many examples how the faith community can nurture its youngest members. Children Matter emphasized relationships between people and encourages the church to welcome all children as valued participants in the people of God. A wide range of examples from the Protestant traditions and drawing on the Bible, history and psychology to lay good foundations. The examples were excellent and evualated with strengths and weaknesses for all ages from toddler through grade school. The evidence of teaching is learning; how the children respond, the questions they ask, the attitudes they demonstrate in actual behavior and the way they use Scripture to inform their lives and decisions.
A wide ranges of examples were given from ancient times to the present. The book was exciting in the responses from the children. Anyone who works with children would find this an excellent tool, it has a great bibliography, footnotes, scripture list ---you couldn't ask for more. It left me with a great sense of hope and urgency to give our teachers and parents great tools.
Imagine the faith journey with children as a pilgrimage or dance with God. Explore the contexts in which children live, make an informed and animated commitment to nurture a vibrant faith in your churchs youngest members. Theory and practice are interwoven ---if your church cares that children matter this is the book for you.