This valuable program resource for clergy, worship planners and lay leaders offers practical tools for celebrating the Christian year at church, home or school. Organized around the cycles of Christmas and Easter, it provides activities, craft ideas, prayers, meditations, and ways to encounter scripture. Background information to origins of festivals, colors, symbols and art of the various seasons will help you deepen your understanding and experience of Christian faith. Indexed by scripture reference and theme. Includes a glossary. Permission to photocopy portions of text and prayers for use in worship services.
Louise Mangan, M.Div., has served as a member of the Worship Focus Group for the Division of Mission of The United Church of Canada, and also of the Inter-Faith Dialogue Committee of the Division of World Outreach. She has served as pastoral minister of four Ontario congregations, and is currently the minister at Oakridge United Church in Vancouver, BC. Her passions are worship, spiritual formation, and social action - and bringing all three together! Lori Farr has a B.A. in dance/kinesiology, and a certificate in Stress Management Education. She is the President of Farr Reach Training and Development. She works with her unique Personal Leadership coaching process which helps individuals to clarify values, focus on goals, enhance joy and productivity, and live everyday life in alignment with spiritual purpose. Nancy Wyse is a mother and elementary school teacher, and has been involved in church life since her early childhood. Her deep and personal faith has been constant and sustaining and her church communities has also provided many rich opportunities and relationships. She believes in the importance of connecting with the stories and meaningful heritage of her roots...this book has been an integral part of that connection.