My daughter, Dcs. Mary Moerbe, has published another children’s book: Whisper, Whisper: Learning about Church. It teaches children, aged 4 and younger, what is going on in the worship service (with special reference to the liturgy) and helps them participate in it.
The book uses a rhyming text for the children and wonderful art by Martha Aviles, but it also has commentary and sidebars giving tips for parents. You can “look inside” the book at the Amazon link. More details after the jump.
This is a quite brilliant and helpful work, and I say that not just because it’s written by my daughter. The tendency is often to kick children out of church–whether in a nursery or some kind of “children’s church”–and then we wonder why they don’t attend when they are older. Our children are children of God, and they can learn to worship Him at a very young age, building habits and behaviors that will be a foundation for the rest of their lives.
“Whisper, Whisper encourages families to attend church and seeks to prepare very young children for the routine and ritual of worship services. It can be used in the home on Saturday evening to prepare for Sunday morning; it can be used in the pew before service; and it can be included in church quiet bags and new member or baptismal packets.
32-page picture book with rhyming text, in-sanctuary tips, and engaging, colorful illustrations. Each page has a couplet that introduces what is happening at church; the optional activities help to focus attention and remind about behavior.
For parents of children up to age 4, this book would be purchased by parents, grandparents, Godparents and churches as baptismal gifts, preschools and daycare centers, and congregations to give to new members.
Through worship, our Heavenly Father blesses, forgives and strengthens all of His children, regardless of age. The natural curiosity of children leads them to ask questions about what is happening during worship and why. The conversations that follow help our children develop an appreciation for the traditions of the church, and more importantly, provide for the growth of their tender faith.