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Mothering Sunday

Here’s a preface for Mothering Sunday, suitable for use with Additional Eucharistic Prayer two:

You made us to love and be loved,
to care for one another in good times and in bad,
and to live as your children on earth
until you welcome us home in heaven.

Archive note: This has been archived in two places
1. LENT, HOLY WEEK & EASTER > Mothering Sunday
2. ALL AGE RESOURCES > Children and the Eucharist

Flower and Water Prayers

Draw a flower template (about palm-sized) on a piece of paper. The petals should not be longer than the diameter of the central circle of the flower. Cut out the flower. Write or draw a prayer onto one side of it, and then fold the petals in so that they overlap each other. Make sure the creases are really sharp. Now float your folded flower in water and it will open, revealing your prayer in a rather beautiful and cool way.

This idea can work any time, but might be particularly appropriate on Mothering Sunday (you could make the flowers on yellow paper) or on Remembrance Sunday (you could make the flowers on red paper).

Archive note:
This idea is archived under the ALL AGE tab, on the Child-friendly intercessions page.

Short preface for AEP2 (Candlemas-flavoured)

We’re allowed to write our own little prefaces for the second Additional Eucharistic Prayer (for use when significant numbers of children are present). Here’s one for Candlemas, and there are more here.

You give us Jesus, the light of the world,
to gather up the hopes and fears of all the years,
and to make all your promises come true.

Thinking Day

THINKING DAY

Thinking Day is particularly important in Girl Guiding. It takes place towards the end of February, and has a particular focus on raising awareness of Guiding in the rest of the world.  It can also be an occasion for the girls to renew their promises. Here is a sample service for Thinking Day: Buckden Family Communion for Thinking Day (2014) – we also celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight at the same service.
It is a Common Worship all age Eucharist, which the local girls’ uniformed organisations and their leaders had helped to plan, and which they helped to lead on the day.  The songs on page two were written by a music minister from the church, and the copyright for them belongs to him.

Archive note:
This has been archived under the OTHER OCCASIONS tab, on the Scouts and Guides page.

Enriching Children’s experience at Holy Communion

EUCHARISTIC PRAYERS IN PICTURES
The Eucharistic Prayer ought to be a high point in any service of Holy Communion, but it’s not always that easy to engage with, especially if it looks, in the service sheet, like ‘lots of words on a page’.  If the children can be somewhere where they can see the altar, all is well, but if for whatever reason that’s not possible, then it might be worth investing in some pictures to help bring the words to life.  The set below includes images scavenged from various sources, and I don’t own the copyright (no infringement is intended), but you could source your own, or draw some, or take some photographs – or a combination.  Print out your pictures and laminate them, and give them to families who are sitting in the pews, so that they can look at the pictures and listen to the words together.
NB I find this works best if there isn’t a direct ‘one picture for one sentence’ rule – the choice of image in response to the words that are heard is part of the process of engaging with the prayer and reflecting on it.
Here is my set of pictures: AEP (the one without the questions) images for thankyou box

PICTURE INTERCESSIONS
This works in a similar way to the Eucharistic Prayer pictures, but this time select some images that reflect themes or items that are often featured in the intercessions. Print out the images, laminate them, and make them available to families in their pews, or in a children’s area if you have one.  Looking through the images as the prayers are heard can help bring the words to life.
You can add new pictures every so often, and remove old ones, and even add new pictures specific to the occasion, for particular seasons of the year or if your service has a special theme (for instance if you have a visiting preacher from a charity or mission agency).
Here is a starter set, including some images that are local to the church in question (you could add your own local school logo, map, etc) and some that were specific to the occasion (visit from Peru-based USPG missionary):
Images for All Age Prayers

TEACHING EUCHARIST
A teaching Eucharist is one in which the sermon is omitted, but a ‘running commentary’ is added at various points during the service. The idea is not so much to give many mini-sermons, ‘explaining’ what each bit of the service means, but rather to enable the congregation to engage more deeply with God through the liturgy.  The commentaries might be reflective (perhaps including silence), poetic, questioning, action-based etc, depending on your congregation.  They might also look at a particular strand of Eucharistic theology throughout, such as ‘The Body of Christ’ or ‘The Work of the Spirit’ – the choice of theme could be determined by the season.
Here is a worked example, prepared for a Pentecost all age Eucharist service: Buckden FC teaching communion script Pentecost
In the congregation’s service sheets all that was needed was a note of when in the service the commentaries were going to take place and any effect this would have on the usual pattern of standing and sitting.

Archive notes:
These resources have been archived in the All Age tab.
The Teaching Eucharist and the Eucharistic Prayer pictures are on the Children and the Eucharist page.
The Picture Intercessions are on the Child-friendly intercessions page.