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I've never found this book much help
on 23 February 2007
My parish own this book but I've never once found it useful in preparing the children's liturgy.
In my experience, any children's liturgy which relies heavily on this book will fail to include the under-fives. It's pretty uninspiring in general, but biggest problem is that the activities rely heavily on the written word. Few children under six are really fluent readers, so what's the point in that?
I suppose it might be useful if you're doing stuff with older children, but surely the children's liturgy is something intended for little ones.
The best idea in the book is that of using nursery rhyme tunes for simple songs and prayers - but you can probably make up your own.
My advice is to read the scriptures for the Sunday in advance, think and pray about them and see what you come up with for yourself rather than relying on a formula from a book. You might surprise yourself, and deepen your own faith into the bargain.
If you feel you need some support,'Living Waters' by Susan Sayers is a more useful source of ideas. It offers a range of activities, and also gives some thoughts and perspectives on the readings which may be helpful.