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• Experiential activities for celebrating secular and sacred seasons of the year
• Activities can be used in any setting: church, home, school
Many of our experiences in life happen when several generations are together—at church, at home, in our communities. Holidays and family events are times for celebration, learning, rituals, food, and fun. For each edition of Faithful Celebrations, you will discover plenty of activities to learn more about the season, holiday, or special day for church settings, at home, camp, or anywhere in between. This abundance of ideas allows you to create meaningful celebrations within a faith context throughout the year.
Each event to be celebrated includes key ideas, a cluster of activities to experience the key ideas, materials needed, full instructions for implementation, background history and information, music, art, recipes, and prayer resources to use in a small, intimate or large multi-generational group.
Making Time for God in Autumn includes Back to School, Labor Day, St. Francis International Day of Peace, Halloween, All Saints, and Thanksgiving.
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Building a Church Family
Back to School
St. Francis of Assisi
International Day of Peace
"This book is a gift to those in the church who realize the need to gather the generations together and connect with the world around them. The author not only offers activity ideas for celebrating secular and church holidays in autumn, she also includes tips on encouraging interaction between various age groups. Reach for this versatile resource if you're looking to plan a complete intergenerational or family program in your church or if you have a basic plan and are looking for supplementary material. Families can also use it for seasonal celebrations from a Christian perspective at home."
––Debbie Kolacki, UMC Certified Christian Educator and Senior Consultant for PRC––Practical Resources for Churches of Long Island
"Faithful Celebrations for Autumn is a must have whether you are a Christian formation director looking for fresh ideas or a parent wanting more faith-based activities at home. Each chapter is full of faith practices and celebrations that allow for people to gather and to make time for God in engaging ways."
––Gizelle N. Moran, Director of Family and Children's Ministries, Christ & St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Norfolk, VA
"Faith deepens as we gather at home and in community to eat, make, pray, and play together. Accessible and meaningful ideas for fall celebrations abound in this essential resource."
––Lizabeth Bougie, Director, Resource Center for Churches, Minneapolis, Minnesota