|Need a children's sermon? Rev. Dianne Deming (M.Div. '81) wants to help you
Rev. Dianne E. Deming (M.Div. ’81) has launched a blog offering children’s sermons for each Sunday, as well as occasional ideas and suggestions for children’s ministry in general.
Children’s Sermons Today picks up where her popular series of books entitled A Time With Our Children: Stories for Use in Worship (published by The United Church Press, 1989-1992), left off. Like the books, the blog is primarily based on the New Common Lectionary.
“In the blog, I am focusing more on storytelling and less on object lessons,” Deming said. “My goal is to retell the Biblical narrative, or a story inspired by the day's periscope, in a way that relates to children and their faith development. I also keep the busy pastor or storyteller in mind by keeping props and preparation to a minimum.
“The largest spike in hits for the website is 8 Sunday morning! Not a lot of time to bake cookies in the shape of ark animals at that point,” jokes Deming.
Ordained along with her husband, Dr. Frank Deming (M.Div. ’79), in Goodrich, Colo., in 1981, Deming has served churches in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. Much of her ministry has been with children, and she has a great deal of first-hand experience delivering as well as writing children's sermons.
Deming has received good responses since starting the blog with Advent 2011, and looks forward to providing this service in the months and years ahead.
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