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Growing in Grace: 35 Prayer Services for Children
Publisher: Twenty-Third Publications
Publication Date: 2005-07
Number of pages: 80
During the lifetime of St. Francis a young boy was received into the Order. He had set his heart on learning how to pray from St. Francis. One night he drew near to where Francis was praying and saw a wonderful light surrounding the saint. In the light Francis was speaking to Jesus, Mary, and two saints. The boy never forgot this sight and later became an outstanding member of the Order. This story contains an important message for catechists: children need and want guidance in prayer. The imaginative services offered in Growing in Grace: 35 Prayer Services for Children are an invaluable resource for those who work with children. They are adaptable, short, and easy-to-use. All of them are centered on Scripture, and most incorporate elements drawn from the liturgy, such as intercessory prayers, psalm prayers, and liturgical rituals and symbols. These prayers involve the whole child with readings, responses, gestures, songs, moments of silence, and creative activities. Some of the themes relate to the seasons and feasts of the Church year, while others invite children to pray about topics relevant to their lives and beliefs. An optional activity is included after each service: either a class project, a family activity, or an activity for the child to complete. To be a guide in prayer for children is a daunting task. Growing in Grace: 35 Prayer Services for Children will definitely help catechists and teachers meet this challenge!
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