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Creating all-age worship through the year
by Sandra Millar
Publisher:SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
A joy of a book, which even before the real beginning of the material gives a verbal framework which can be used for all worship: "creative ways of hearing God's story that open up the possibility of encounter with his love".
What follows is accessible, possible but not "dumbed-down" worship; it is worship for whoever is there as Sandra Millar says. Her ideas can be used as detailed or be adapted for local circumstances such as building type and size, congregational age-range and availability of leaders. Preparation is stressed, as is rehearsing readings, drama etc., for as the author says, we rehearse for a wedding to make sure it goes smoothly and those taking part feel at ease, so the same attention should be paid to worship. In Millar's view we are creating "a space of possibilities for encounter" where the congregation can meet with God whatever their age and be involved in worship. A very useful resource for those of us in multi-parish rural ministry in small churches as well as colleagues in larger urban surroundings.
Reviewer: Pam Sanders (26/02/13)