Adult Children

Age Inclusive Worship Resources: A Top Ten List

The Minnesota Conference UCC recently hosted a conversation on Worship Across Generations.  Jim LaDoux, author of Surface to Soul, shared ideas for creating engaging worship experiences.  We offer this top ten list of practical resources for creative, age inclusive worship.  What would you add?

Carolyn Brown’s Worshiping with Children

Theresa Cho’s Still Waters:  Intergenerational Worship, Interactive Prayer Stations

John Roberto’s Intergenerational Faith Formation:  articles on worship

James H. Ritchie, Jr.’s Always in Rehearsal

Howard A. Vanderwell’s Church of All Ages

Kimball & Lewin’s Sacred Space

Mandy Smith’s Making a Mess and Meeting God

Moran & Castle’s Brim

Northway & Schreiner’s The Rite Place

Susan K. Bock’s Liturgy for the Whole Church

For more, check this annotated bibliography, or search “intergenerational worship” at Calvin Institute for Christian Worship.  Find the resources above–including those out of print–and more at the Resource Center for Churches.  Contact us to consult:



Adult Children

Resources for Intergenerational Faith Formation

The UCC faith formation leaders of children and youth met last month to learn about intergenerational ministry.  Here’s a list of resources we shared.


 From Joyce Ann Mercer:  “Cultivating a Community of Practice”

From John Roberto:  “Our Future is Intergenerational”

From Carol Howard Merritt’s Tribal Church:  “Fostering Intergenerational Relationships”

From Sticky Faith“Intergenerational Ministry Beyond the Rhetoric”
“Five Keys for Effective Mentoring”

From Ministry Matters“Congregations as Families of Faith:  Beyond Age-Level Ministries”

From Csinos and Beckwith’s Children’s Ministry in the Way of Jesus:  chapter 9 is readable in full here

From Rethinking Youth Ministry:  “10 Ideas for Creating Cross-Generational Youth Ministry”

and a website:  Worshiping with Children


Susan K. Bock, Liturgy for the Whole Church, Church Publishing, Inc., 2008

Holly Catterton Allen and Christine Lawton Ross, Intergenerational Christian Formation: Bringing the Whole Church Together in Ministry, Community and Worship, IVP Academic, 2012.  See especially Part Four and Appendix material.


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