Author bio

Carolyn C. Brown

Carolyn C. Brown - book author

Carolyn C. Brown is the author of books: You Can Preach to the Kids Too!: Designing Sermons for Adults and Children, Sharing the Easter Faith with Children: Helping Children Observe Lent and Celebrate Easter, Forbid Them Not Year B: Involving Children in Sunday Worship, Raising Children to Love Their Neighbors: Practical Resources for Congregations, Forbid then Not: Involving Children in Sunday Workship on the Revised Common Lectionarty, Forbid Them Not Year a: Involving Children in Sunday Worship, Forbid Them Not Year C: Involving Children in Sunday Worship: Involving Children in Sunday Workship on the Revised Common Lectionarty, Forbid Them Not Year A: Involving Children in Sunday Worship: Involving Children in Sunday Worship - Based on the Revised Common Lectionary, Year A, Forbid Them Not Year C, Garden of Virtues


Author books

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Many preachers are aware of the presence of children in Sunday morning worship and wish to include them effectively in worship, but have a hard time figuring out how to do so. Preachers who are unhappy with children's sermons in general and all the books of printed children's sermons in particular are looking for a theologically and educationally sound approach to preaching to congregations that include children. This practical guide offers preachers a variety of ideas and helps for making any sermon one that is suitable for both children and adults.

The author includes an introductory chapter on the importance of children's participation in worship during their elementary school years as part of their faith development. The chapter concludes with a discussion of how children "listen" to a sermon and the importance of planning for children in preparing sermons.
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Carolyn Brown has done it again! As with all of her books, Brown writes clearly and helpfully, with conviction and passion for what to share and how to share one's faith with children. Sharing the Easter Faith with Children is theologically sound, biblically focused, educationally on target, and developmentally appropriate. It should be required reading for every parent, educator, and pastor who wants to communicate and celebrate the Easter faith with children. Brown packs a lot of practical suggestions, insights, and activities into this very readable resource. I am confident children will mature in their understanding and affirmation of the Easter faith when they have been nurtured in families and congregations that take seriously what Brown offers. --Donald Griggs, Author of Teaching Today's Teachers to Teach

It is easy to share the Christmas story and faith with children. The story is beautiful and lends itself well to pageants and other celebratory events for children. It is not so easy to share the Easter story and faith with children because the message and images are complex. Many parents have trouble articulating what Easter means to them personally much less answering their children's questions. In many congregations children are featured in palm parades on Palm Sunday, but they are not specifically planned for at other Holy Week services. When schools schedule an Easter break, many families go away and thus unintentionally bypass the whole Easter message for years.

This book explores what the Easter message can mean to children as they grow up. The author helps congregations and families share the Easter message with their children and include the children meaningfully in Lent, Holy Week and Easter observances. Included are materials for children from birth (in the church nursery) to age 12. Also included are reproducible pages to create a booklet for parents.

The first section of the book describes the particular parts of the Easter faith that are important to children at different ages and comments on the biblical Easter texts from a child's point of view. The second part of the book works through the Lenten season, describing ways congregations can include children and providing program and worship plans, including:
*Lenten disciplines for children and their families
*Ash Wednesday
*Celebrating Palm Sunday or looking ahead on Passion Sunday
*Maundy Thursday: Recalling the Last Supper
*Keeping Good Friday
*The church-sponsored Easter Egg Hunt
*Easter Sunday Morning

Another part of the book offers help to leaders who want to share the content with teachers, parents, or committees. Also included is a comprehensive list of related resources.

This carefully researched and well-grounded, practical resource from a highly regarded Christian educator will strengthen your educational ministry with children and support parents as they shape the faith of their children.
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Comprising 52 reproducible full page worksheets related to each Sunday's worship theme and based on the Revised Common Lectionary, these resources show how to create meaningful worship experiences for children. Includes suggestions for prayers, litanies, and sermon illustrations. Indexed for non-lectionary use.

Also available:
Forbid Them Not Year A order item #9780687132553
Forbid Them Not Year C order item #9780687132652
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Does your congregation want to raise more mission-minded children? Here are practical plans with reproducible activities and outlines for classroom and service experiences for children ages 3 to 12.

Carolyn Brown offers great "how to" plans that churches can build into their current programs. She includes: a hands-on enrichment curriculum for grades 1-5; over a year of monthly service projects for preschoolers; mini-workshops for teachers; and newsletters blurbs about the program.
"Carolyn Brown has written a 'must read' book for all parents and teachers. I know of no other book that presents so clearly, helpfully, and persuasively Jesus' mandate to raise children to "love our neighbors as ourselves." More than a mandate, it offers dozens of doable, practical suggestions for each age group and grade level. I will recommend this book to every teacher and parent in my church."
--Rev. Dr. Donald L. Griggs, author of Teaching Today's Teacher to Teach published by Abingdon Press (item #9780687049547)

From the Circuit Rider review: "Teachers, parents, Sunday school teachers, and church preschool teachers are all very familiar with the importance of teaching children to share, to take turns, to say "please" and "thank you," and to not hurt others' feelings. Veteran Christian educator Carolyn Brown puts this important formation into the larger context of the mission of the church. How do our children grow in compassion? How can we lead them to leave the world better than they found it? How do we raise mission-minded children?" (Click here to read the entire review.)
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Comprising 52 reproducible full page worksheets related to each Sunday's worship theme and based on the Revised Common Lectionary, these resources show how to create meaningful worship experiences for children. Includes suggestions for prayers, litanies, and sermon illustrations. Indexed for non-lectionary use. Also available: Forbid Them Not Year A order item #9780687132553 Forbid Them Not Year B order item #9780687132560
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This resource shows how to create meaningful worship experiences for everyone who comes to your church--children, youth, and adults.

A three-volume series based on the Revised Common Lectionary, Forbid Them Not offers specific suggestions for prayers, hymns, litanies, sermon illustrations, and ways to present Scripture so that children--as well as older worshipers--can really hear the message. (Even if your church does not follow the lectionary, you can find suggestions related to any Scripture passage by using the index.)

Forbid Them Not, Year A includes 58 full-page, reproducible activity worksheets related to each Sunday's worship theme. With these ideas and resources at hand, you can create worship services that minister to adults and to children.

Forbid Them Not, Year B #9781426739026

Forbid Them Not, Year C #9781426730719
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The second book in a three-volume series, this resource shows how to create meaningful worship experiences for all who come to church--children, youth, and adults. Churches not using the lectionary can find suggestions related to any Scripture passage in the index.
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Arranged around the virtues of prudence, justice, temperance, fortitude, faith, hope, and charity, A Child's Garden of Virtues includes Bible stories, classic and historical stories, poetry, and Scripture -- all written in easy-to-understand language.A Garden of Virtues offers stories, poems, encouraging quotations, Scripture verses, and inspirational anecdotes to help readers focus on all dimensions of a virtuous life.

A Garden of Virtues collection includes the following items in the quantities indicated in parentheses. Items may be ordered individually.