We offer materials for Thanksgiving, Advent/Christmas, Epiphany, Lent/Easter, and Pentecost. These resources cover all ages and are especially useful when planning all-church events. If you have questions about any of our materials, you can e-mail us or call 800-221-0910 for further information.

2510 Creative Ideas For Thanksgiving $10.95

Edited by Linda S. Davidson

Herein you will find all kinds of ideas for helping everyone to count their blessings. Divided into three sections (Worship; Stories, Plays and Poems; and Activities) there are plenty of suggestions to fit your every need.



2512 Creative Ideas For Epiphany $10.95

Edited by Linda S. Davidson

An idea-filled resource divided into three sections: Worship, Programs, and Activities. Included are plays, puzzles, games, a Twelfth Night celebration, mission ideas, scripture role-plays, intergenerational worship services and more.



2514 Creative Ideas For Pentecost $10.95

edited by Linda S. Davidson

If the resurrection means anything to your congregation, don’t let it down after Easter. Pentecost celebrates the beginning of the church. Offer all ages of your congregation some special activities during Pentecost. Don’t let this season of the church year slide by! In this resource book you will find worship services, plays, games, puzzles, crafts and all kinds of activities and programs to celebrate this season.



2516 Creative Ideas For Advent, Vol. 1 $12.95

Edited by Linda S. Davidson

A wealth of suggestions for special programs, plays, worship ideas, and more are collected in this Advent resource. This book is divided into three sections: All Church Activities, Children’s Activities, Youth Activities.



2526 Creative Ideas For Advent, Vol. 2 $12.95

Edited by Linda S. Davidson

This book is divided into four sections: All Church, Children’s, Youth, and Family Activities. There are Advent services, Christmas stories, activity and service projects, meditiations, lesson plans, and other resources for traditional Christmas festivities.



2536 Creative Ideas for Advent, Vol. 3 $12.95

Edited by Linda S. Davidson

It is divided into four sections: All Church Activities, Children’s Activities, Youth Activities and Family Activities. Included in this volume are: family celebration suggestions, Advent wreath services, stories, meditations, craft ideas, service projects, worship services and more. This resource will help you plan more meaningful activities for the Advent season.



2521 Creative Ideas for Lent $12.95

Edited by Linda S. Davidson

This resource book includes intergenerational events, worship ideas, activity projects, youth programs, lesson plans, stories and many other ideas for use during the Lenten season. The material is divided into sections: All Church Activities, Children’s Activities and Youth activities.



2531 Creative ideas for Lent, Vol. 2 $12.95

Edited by Linda S. Davidson

Here you will find more materials to make your Lenten programs truly memorable. Included in this volume you will find several plays, worship services, intergenerational events, crafts for children, study program ideas, meditations, puzzles and quizzes, youth programs, and much more. In addition to the three regular sections-All Church Activities, Children’s Activities, and Youth Activities-we have added a new one, Family Activities.



2541 Creative Ideas for Lent, Vol. 3 $14.95

Edited by Linda S. Davidson

In this volume you will find: worship services, numerous plays, new resources for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, devotion suggestions, learning centers and activities for children, youth programs, a seder meal instructions, and lessons based on feelings to examine during Lent. Use material from this volume to plan individual events or put together a whole intergenerational event for the entire congregation.



2543 Creative Ideas For Advent Vol. 4 $14.95

Edited by Linda S. Davidson

By popular demand we've collected more material for another volume of CREATIVE IDEAS FOR ADVENT. Our customers have told us how valuable they've found the other three volumes as they plan their Advent activities. The four areas for All Church, Children, Youth, and Family are also included in this new collection. This volume includes: making and collecting creche displays, a Las Posadas service, Advent wreath monologues, Christmas pageant suggestions, a gift-making workshop, plays, litanies, ways to make Christmas more simple, meditations, children's stories, youth programs, and family activities.



2559 Ideas A-Z: Christmas $14.00

by Phyllis Wezeman, Anna Liechty and Judith Chase<

This new resource offers a balanced variety of methods and approaches for experiencing the biblical story. For every letter of the alphabet, there is a different theme and a different way of exploring that theme such as: puppetry, music, drama, or storytelling. Such experiential learning also takes into consideration the needs of all learning styles.

Each idea, A-Z, can be used alone or combined with other letters to develop a lesson plan, a worship experience, or an intergenerational activity. The ideas offered can simply be used to supplement existing curricula, or they can be referred to like a handbook.

This resource can inspire all ages to look at the scriptures in new ways and to keep applying the Bible's principles to their own lives. So although the Christmas story has been told, re-told and written about countless times, the manual offers participants an opportunity to explore and experience the message anew, from A-Z!



2560 Advent Alphabet $7.95

by Phyllis Vos Wezemen & Jude Dennis Fournier

Creative ideas from A to Z for children. For each letter, a unique method or a fresh focus on a familiar technique is developed.



2562 The Christmas Scene Revisited $5.50

by Phyllis Vos Wezemen

Here is a detailed guide for creating a special program or worship service by combining slides of children portraying nativity characters with songs, narration, scripture and finger plays.



2563 Child Of The Star $6.95

by Lynda Pujado

A drama based on scriptures in Luke and Matthew which examines various people who were involved in the birth of Christ. It reveals some of the trials and feelings that people went through during this time. Playing time is about 40 minutes with 10 scenes which need minimal set requirements.



2564 Who Gets To Go? $5.75

by Ann Bateman

The process called simulation creates a sense of reality for situations which cannot be experienced in actuality. Simulation offers the opportunity for persons to encounter characters, settings, and ideas on a personal level. When the shepherds see the Bethlehem star, who will stay and watch the sheep and who will go to Bethlehem? The same question applies to the kings. Who gets to go and who stays home? What decision-making process is used to decide who gets to go? This simulation program can be used with all ages from children in church school classes to adult study groups.



2565 Celebrating The Advent Season $9.25

by Anne Rupp

This Christmas resource contains ideas and suggestions for church school teachers, superintendents, families and pastors as well as for those who plan the annual Christmas program. The author believes that more learning takes place when all ages learn, experience and worship in various settings, reinforcing a related theme or idea. In this resource, for example, a particular children’s activity may be reinforced by the church school superintendent in other ways. This makes for a cohesive approach, and the themes of Christmas become interrelated through what is happening in Christian education, family life and congregational worship.



2566 In Advent $9.95

by Elaine M. Ward

Establishing traditions during Advent creates positive memories, which in turn can be a healing source for individuals and communities. Advent is the time when communities of faith, church and family, gather together to celebrate the coming of Christ, and tell their stories. Over 100 ideas are presented toward that end, divided into sections on storytelling, activities, writing, poetry, music and prayer. This book was written for teachers and parents of children who wish to help them enjoy the wonder and beauty of Advent by participating in it through many kinds of activities.



2567 Celebration Services For Christmas $12.95

by William W. Hull

We are in danger of drowning in the musical, tinseled excesses of an artificial holiday at the expense of a more important theme. The man in the red suit seems to have usurped the role of the Christ. This resource contains a variety of worship services to be used during the Advent/Christmas season. They emphasize the message of love that Jesus brought rather than the messenger. A medieval feast with communion service, a St. Lucia service with communion, a creation service, a service featuring the sounds of Christmas, and one about the spirits of Christmas, past, present and future.



2568 Christmas Gift-Making Worshop $6.95

by Mary Jo Shannon

Here is a great intergenerational activity in which the whole congregation can participate. Sponsor a workshop for children to make inexpensive presents to give parents and others. Many scheduling options are given for a one or two session workshop. A complete list is given for each project of the materials needed. Also the projects are listed by age groups: Kindergarten, Grades 1-3, or Grades 4-6.



2569 The Christmas Story, A-Z $7.95

By Anna Liechty, Judith Chase & Phyllis Wezeman

This program is designed to tell the story of the birth of Jesus is told through the creation of a banner depicting these events. Three parts of the program, Gathering, Sharing, and Celebrating, offer opportunities for worship, education, and nurture. During the Gathering, participants come together to create 26 sections of a banner, one for each letter of the alphabet, which portray the Scripture story. In the sharing segment, the Nativity narrative is retold, through message and music, as the banner pieces are attached to a large background. Celebrating, the last part of the event, involves a time of worship to praise God for the great gift of the Savior.



2570 Christmas Everywhere $12.95

by Ann Rupp

The Advent-Christmas season provides us with a new opportunity to re-experience and re-interpret aged symbols. As we are part of a global community, it is important to also understand the celebrations and symbols of other nationalities and learn from them. That’s what the activities and pageant in Christmas Everywhereattempt to do. In Part I activities are suggested for the four Sundays of Advent to use with the whole church family. Part II has a pageant in which you will experience how Christmas is practiced in different lands. (Item: 2571 Christmas Everywhere scripts (12) 6.95)



2572 I Was There: Dramatic Monologues for Christmas Transformation $9.95

by David Inglis

Two thousand years fall away and we are drawn into the Christmas story as though it were unfolding around us. This is no stilted recounting of the events, but a compelling reliving of the original characters' experiences, which were as immediate as our own disturbing dreams, nagging doubts, and fragile hopes. Each character's account provides a different experience of the meaning of Emmanuel, God-with-us. As we relive these transforming encounters, we are awakened to the realization that God is reaching out to us today with the same transforming power. The seven characters which have monologues are: Joseph, Mary, Soldier, Innkeeper, Shepherd, Wise Man, and Herod. These could be used for sermons, meditations, Christmas programs or personal devotions.



2573 Sense The Season: A Reasource for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany $7.95

by Phyllis Wezeman, Anna Liechty and Judith Chase

This resource offers a thematic approach for communicating the stories of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. To make the theme visible and to reinforce the message, a different animal serves each week as the symbol associated with the Advent candle. Stories about the camel,cow, dog, donkey, dove, and lamb that could have been with the Baby Jesus and hs family during the first Christmas will teach listeners how to get ready so that they will be prepared to receive God's blessings with all of their senses. This worship resource may be enhanced beyond worship applications to include education, outreach, and nurture opportunities.



2574 Lighting The Way To Christmas $8.95

by Phyllis Wezeman, Anna Liechty and Judith Chase

This new resource offers congregations a thematic approach for communicating the stories of Advent and Christmas. A different image of light serves each week as the symbol associated with the Advent and Christmas candles. The words "Glimmer, Glisten, Gleam, Glow, and Glory" name the candles and suggest the process that occurs for those who wait in faith during Advent for the birth of Christ at Christmas. Each candle is assigned a symbol to represent the increasing light as Christmas nears, for example, Glimmer -Candle; Glisten - Oil Lamp; Gleam- Lighthouse; Glow - Star; and Glory -Baby Jesus creche figure. A children's story plus an original song tie together Scripture and visual images to draw all listeners into an enlightened celebration of the season.

Through their participation, people of all ages will see a flicker of hope blaze into a joyous expression of faith as the glory of God is revealed in the birth of Christ, the Light of the World.



2580 Scripture Scenes For Advent $7.95

by Phyllis Wezeman, Anna Liechty and Judith Chase

This new resource offers congregations a thematic approach for communicating the stories of Advent and Christmas. A different image of light serves each week as the symbol associated with the Advent and Christmas candles. The words "Glimmer, Glisten, Gleam, Glow, and Glory" name the candles and suggest the process that occurs for those who wait in faith during Advent for the birth of Christ at Christmas. Each candle is assigned a symbol to represent the increasing light as Christmas nears, for example, Glimmer -Candle; Glisten - Oil Lamp; Gleam- Lighthouse; Glow - Star; and Glory -Baby Jesus creche figure. A children's story plus an original song tie together Scripture and visual images to draw all listeners into an enlightened celebration of the season.



2585 Once Upon an Advent $8.45

by Elaine Ward

This collection of adult meditations unfolds the sacred story of the birth of Jesus, providing devotional reflections in poetry, parable, prose and prayers. It is based on the birth story in Luke and is offered in praise to God and in celebration of Advent. Advent is a time for God’s stories, a time when the ordinary and extraordinary meet and become one, when the stars sing and the planets dance, and each of us is born anew, remembering the birth of the babe in Bethlehem.




2615 Symbols Of The Season $9.95

by Jude Dennis Fournier and Phyllis Vos Wezeman

Through six themes found in Matthew 2:1-12, and symbols which represent them, this book explores the significant story of the visit of the Magi to the Christ child. Six learning activities for each theme and symbol are designed to help participants experience, understand and appreciate the events in creative, concrete and challenging ways.The six themes and their symbols are: Seeking the Savior, Crown; Sign of the Savior, Star; Searching for the Savior, Path; Symbols of the Savior, Gift; Surrender to the Savior, Hands; and Serving through the Savior, World.




2645 Fifty Ways For Fifty Days $10.95

by Jude Dennis Fournier and Phyllis Vos Wezeman

The 50 days from Easter Sunday through Pentecost are often a “down” time in churches after the climax of Easter. This resource can be used to supplement and enhance your existing curriculum. Participatory approaches, those which involve the learners in the story, are emphasized. There are cartoon, food, games, clown-mime, dance-movement, and photography techniques offered in several of the sections.



2657 Lent: Season of Sacred Stories $7.95

by Elaine M. Ward

Lent is the season we hear and tell "these stories," We tell stories that feed and sustain us.Jesus is the parable of God and in Jesus’ last story, coming to feed his disciples with the fish on the beach after the resurrection, he confronts Peter, and three times gives him the commission, "Feed my sheep."As church educators who tell God’s story during this season of Lent, we "feed his sheep."



2645 Fifty Ways For Fifty Days $10.95

by Jude Dennis Fournier and Phyllis Vos Wezeman

The 50 days from Easter Sunday through Pentecost are often a “down” time in churches after the climax of Easter. This resource can be used to supplement and enhance your existing curriculum. Participatory approaches, those which involve the learners in the story, are emphasized. There are cartoon, food, games, clown-mime, dance-movement, and photography techniques offered in several of the sections.



2669 The Easter Story A-Z $7.95

by Phyllis Wezeman, Anna Liechty, and Judith Chase

This is a program design in which the stories of Lent and Easter are told through the creation of a banner depicting these events. Three steps are involved. During the “Prepare” portion, participants come together to create 26 sections of a banner, which portray the scripture story. In the “Participate” segment the accounts of Lent and Easter are retold, as the banner pieces are attached to the large background piece. “Praise” involves a time of worship to glorify God and to celebrate the promise of eternal life.



2673 Grace Before The Cross $10.95

Edited by Henry R. Rust

We are pleased to announce a new, creative worship resource for Lent and Easter that includes everyone. "Grace Before the Cross" provides congregations with a user-friendly worship tool that is scripture-based, easily accessible, and relevant to the lives of worshipers; this resource speaks to men, woman and children.

Central to Rev. Mansell's approach is reclaiming the historical understanding of the season of Lent; which culminates with Easter celebrations, to be an intentional period of spiritual pilgrimage that leads to deeper and renewed faith. By using first-person monologues based on healing accounts found in the gospels, congregations will be asked to consider again the profound meaning of grace in light of the cross and the empty tomb. Listen to the personal experiences of the leper, the demoniac, the woman with a hemorrhage, Jairus' daughter, the epileptic, the crippled woman, Lazarus, Nicodemus, and Mary as they recount their stories of healing and renewal.

With a worship service template, a special healing service, and a hymn written by ~. Allene M. Parker, this resource can create worship experiences that touch the lives of the faithful in deeply personal and life transforming ways from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday.




2675 Celebrating Holy Week $12.95

Edited by Henry R. Rust

This is a creative resource for the celebration of Holy Week. Included in it are original dramas, poetry, prayers, meditations and a variety of worship suggestions for this holy season. You will find unusual ways of observing Palm Sunday, the traditional days and services of Jesus’ last week, Easter, as well as the Sunday after Easter. The wide range of resources is especially helpful because they have been used in parishes across this country.



2676 The Early Christian Meal $10.95

by Kimberlee Dodson

This resource is designed to be a worship experience which recreates the hours following Christ's crucifixion. The setting for this experience is a meal, hosted by Joseph of Arimathea. Through decor, lighting, music, texture, and the smell of cooking food, people should feel they have entered into a different time and place. Through the sharing of several individuals who have prepared through Lent for this night, we hear from those who had encounters with Jesus in his earthly life and what they may be thinking and feeling as witnesses of his life. This manual provides for you complete instructions and descriptions for how to create this experience in your own setting.




2679 Holy Week: Experiencing the Event $6.50

by Phyllis Vos Wezeman

Imagine what it might have been like to follow in the footsteps of Jesus during Holy Week. This booklet outlines 13 events which took place during Holy Week, lists the scripture passages that record them, and offers art activities to use in re-telling, reinforcing and reviewing the stories. Use the ideas to supplement existing curriculum, as special activities during the season of Lent, or for learning centers in the classroom.




2680 Lenten Alphabet $8.50

edited by Jude Fournier & Phyllis Vos Wezeman

This book has 26 activities and experiences based on the significant stories and themes of this important season. For each letter from A to Z a fresh focus or a familiar technique is developed to help learners experience, understand and appreciate the events in creative, concrete and challenging ways. Since people have a variety of learning styles, such as auditory, visual and kinesthetic, many art forms are incorporated into the methods.



2682 Dramatic Resources for Lent $9.95

by Lynda Pujado

During Lent churches often like to present a visual reminder of a particular aspect of the Lenten drama of Christ. Included in this release are four such dramas: THE EXECUTIONER’S STORY is a monologue. THE NIGHT THE SINGING STOPPED is a beautifully written choral reading for Easter. THE WOMAN OF MONEY is a personal monologue. WITNESSES FOR THE CRUCIFIXION is a 10-part drama based on the miracles in John. All four are included in this resource.




2686 Walking Towards Pentecost $14.95

by Anne N. Rupp

The book focuses on the excitement, surprise and joy evoked by the post resurrection appearances. Each story moves from one to the next, climaxing in Pentecost, the birth of the church. The book contains three parts, beginning with the Easter story and moving Sunday by Sunday towards Pentecost. Each division has a specific focal point, yet parts of any section are interchangeable with another. Part I contains resources and ideas for the congregation at worship, including a theme hymn, Readers’ Theater, bulletin cover ideas and much more. Part II concentrates on experiential education. In assembly, teachers present the story in various formats such as dramas, monologue, pantomime and more. Part IlI is intergenerational. This provides opportunity for church families to work together and for children and adults to talk and share. Following the stories, all generations meet in the fellowship hall for activities, study, and refreshments.




2690 Thanksgiving Alphabet $9.50

by Anne N. Rupp

This release contains 26 activities for experiences based on the celebration of a historical event. Attitudes and actions that accentuate a life of thankfulness to God are emphasized in this book. Guidelines for each letter A-Z include the sections: Theme, Tools and Technique. All highlight a fresh focus or familiar facet on the 26 letters of the alphabet. Instructions are provided for creative, concrete and challenging activities. Kinesthetic, visual and auditory experiences are included to accommodate various learning styles.




2692 We Give You Thanks $9.50

by Gail Gaymer Martin

This resource contains three worship services with the theme of giving thanks. All of the services are appropriate for Thanksgiving Day or Thanksgiving Eve. Each service contains a Bulletin Format and a Script which is an alternative to a traditional sermon. One script is a dialogue between celebrants of Thanksgiving Day past and present, another is a series of personal thank-offerings from congregational members, and the final service is an interspersing of dramatic readings from the Bible stories with a pastor’s commentary.The Sharing of the Bread is a ceremony of individual bread loaves blessed and given to worshiping families as part of their meal, as a symbol of Christ as the Bread of Life and the fellowship we have with all believers.



 
                  

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