Church Programs & Celebrations for All Generations
Format: Paperback
Book Code: J146
Pages: 144
Size: 8" x 11"
ISBN: 9780817016425
PubDate: 2010

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A creative and comprehensive collection of church activities to engage people of all ages across generations and cultures.

From seasonal worship services to holiday-centered celebrations, each activity in this practical program book includes time for worship, fellowship, and faith development.

Among the 30 celebrations are:

  • Liturgical days such as Epiphany and Maundy Thursday
  • Traditional church events including Volunteer Sunday and Homecoming
  • Hallmark holidays like Valentine's and Grandparents Day
  • Outreach-oriented programs for Earth Day and Bread for the World Sunday
  • Cross-cultural celebrations such as Las Posadas and Kwanzaa

Features sidebars with even more holidays or themes to celebrate. Also includes material for a weeklong Dr. Seuss-themed VBS!
The book also directs readers to a related website offering additional free programs and resources!

View the Rachel's webinar "Engaging All Ages with Church Programs & Celebrations," and listen to her podcast on the topic of intergenerational church programming.

Editorial Reviews:

"At a time when churches are deluged with a variety of rehashed and recycled resources, Rachel Gilmore offers us something new. Even better, she offers something that is both practical and fun, useful and user-friendly. Church Programs & Celebrations for All Generations is a great addition to the toolbox of any Christian educator." —Sam O'Neal, managing editor, for Christianity Today International

"The intergenerational learning idea is brilliant, because the kids get the attention they are hungry for from their elders and learn at the same time. I also like the mix of music the author offers. If kids don't get to sing some of the hymns and older choruses, they don't see the value in them. The Dr. Seuss VBS program is especially fun for kids and adults alike. All of these programs are very good!" —Laura W., Chippewa Lake, MI

"This book is a gold mine for any pastor, educator, or youth leader who seeks to recognize Christian and secular holidays as a congregation. Each holiday becomes an event with these fresh, thorough, and insightful celebrations." —Rev. Lynn Barger Elliott, Professor of Youth Ministry, Calvin College, Youth Ministry Consultant, Youth Ministry Architects

"This is a really handy, small volume that packs a big punch.  There is a lot of information in this book that will help you plan exciting activities for your church throughout the year. There are special sections on holidays and liturgical days that were  wonderful.  I think this is a must-have resource." —reviewed by Pastor Pat C. on Book Bargains &

"This book would be good for a church resource library." —Church Libraries, Fall 2010

"Church Programs & Celebrations for All Generations is a guide for making the Church a cultural center... A must for any church leader who also wants to be a community leader." —Midwest Book Review & Library Bookwatch: September 2010

"The activities are interactive, engaging and entertaining for everyone. The lessons have been designed for application to ones particular audience, situation and time constraints with special emphasis on worship and fellowship. This book is a good read for anyone who is tired of watching the widening generational gap but never has had a good tool to pull it back together." —YouthWorker Journal, January/February 2011

"Users of this manual will appreciate the background information and other helps for leaders, and participants will benefit from the worship emphasis, appropriate scripture passages, prayers, music, and other touches such as faith station ideas and fellowship extension projects. Simple in format and without illustrations, this book will be useful for church or home educators or volunteers wishing to commemorate holidays in unique and worshipful ways." —Congregational Libraries Today, Issue 1, 2011


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