on the chancel steps!
My name is Frances Woodruff and I am a child of God. I started doing children’s sermons as a lay leader at White Bluff United Methodist Church in Savannah, Georgia, back in 1988. My work as a children’s librarian helped me develop 5-minute sermons in the language of a 4 year old. Later I moved to Brevard, NC, attending St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, and I encountered the Godly Play program. In 1999, I moved to Birmingham, AL, and joined the children’s sermon team at Edgewood Presbyterian Church (PCUSA). Through my faith journey of 48+ years and my 20+ years working with and teaching children in libraries and schools, I have developed a method for crafting a few moments on the chancel steps.
This site came online July 7, 2011. My purpose is to inspire and support others who are helping to bring the children unto Him. Using the upcoming Sunday lectionary text, I will post a children’s sermon each Monday. Feel free to use these sermons making your own personal adjustments–just don’t publish these in any form, especially for profit, without my written permission. When needed, I have cited my sources as any good librarian will, but for the most part these sermons are inspired by the Holy Spirit and the children of God around me. All of this sounds so pretentious, but I just want to offer a resource for this important ministry which allows the children to feel loved by the church and to participate in the church, and to give parents a child-relevant point for discussion from the lectionary.
You will notice that my sermons follow a formula. (You can find more information on my page: The Ten Commandments of Children’s Sermons.)
3. Bible Story
4. Connection between my story and the Bible story
5. Echo Prayer
And so, with God’s help, let us see where this green growing time will take us.
Peace of Christ,
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