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Children and Youth

Catechist Magazine
Journal. Dayton, Ohio: Peter Li Education Group. 800-523-4625.
Current articles and activities from Catechist on catechesis with children in the RCIA tradition with an archive of past issues.

Catechumenate for Children
Links to resources.
The rite of Christian initiation for children is challenging to implement. This web site has resources and additional links.

Child of God: You Are Growing Up 
Johnson, Donald. Distributed by Sperling Church Supply, 85 Bathurst Drive, Waterloo, ON. N2V 1Z4. sperlings@kw.igs.net
This book is intended to be given to children and their parents at Baptism or on the occasion of the anniversary of their Baptism. It is also written so that congregations might invite children, parents, and godparents to a special day in the church to renew their baptism and give a copy of this book. The book may be read by children and their parents together so that both will grown together in their understanding of the gifts of Baptism. The book is beautifully illustrated with Friedrich Peter watercolours and type-set with gracious, flowing initial-caps and lovely coloured text.

Children and Christian Initiation
Coffey, Kathy. Denver: Living the Good News, Inc., a division of The Morehouse Group, 1998. 800-824-1813.
This is a series of four books, "Practical Guides to" each of the four stages of the catechumenate: Precatechumenate, Catechumenate, Purification and Enlightenment, and Mystagogy. Each forty-page guide provides a broad understanding of the process, questions for journaling and discussion, preparation for the rites and reflection afterward, and activities to use with children that will nurture their sense of belonging to the community of faith.

Children and Christian Initiation: A Practical Guide
Coffey, Kathy. Denver: Living the Good News, Inc., a division of The Morehouse Group, 1998. 800-824-1813.
An eighty-page guide with ideas for preparation before the rites and reflection after the rites, activities that help children link scripture with their daily experience, suggestions for involving parents and sponsors and peer companions, and exploration of the symbols and ritual gestures that help children become people of prayer.

Christ’s Own Forever: Episcopal Baptism of Infants and Young Children. Leader Guide 
Wile, Mary Lee. Church Publishing Incorporated, 2003.
A comprehensive resource for clergy and/or lay people offering a flexible, succinct framework for meeting with parents informally or in a class setting.

Christ’s Own Forever: Episcopal Baptism of Infants and Young Children. Parent/Godparent Journal
Wile, Mary Lee. Church Publishing Incorporated, 2003.
A comprehensive resource for clergy and/or lay people offering a flexible, succinct framework for meeting with parents informally or in a class setting.

Confirmation. Anointed and Sealed with the Spirit: A Journal for Adults
Morris, Thomas H. and Kathy Coffey. Denver: Living the Good News, Inc., a division of The Morehouse Group, 1998. 800-824-1813.
This resource will help get adults involved in their preparation for confirmation. Questions will prompt reflection and extend the activities of the sessions. Using a journal helps people take ownership and makes sacramental preparation more individualized. Questions focus on three areas: activities, scripture, and symbol. Plenty of blank space invites throughtful response. While the primary audience is adult candidates for confirmation, the journal can also be helpful to sponsors, catechists, and parents of younger candidates.

Confirmation. Anointed and Sealed with the Spirit: A Journal for Older Candidates
Pramuk, Christopher with Thomas H. Morris and Kathy Coffey. Denver: Living the Good News, Inc., a division of The Morehouse Group, 1998. 800-824-1813.
Realistic and interesting ways to start candidates thinking, talking, and writing about their confirmation experience are found in this eighty-page book. This journal invites 13- to 17-year-olds to take ownership of the process of confirmation. When accompanying the Confirmation: Anointed and Sealed with the Spirit Leader's Guide, questions about genuine issues confronting teenagers will prompt personal responses to help tailor group sessions to the individual.

Confirmation. Anointed and Sealed with the Spirit: Leader's Guide
Morris, Thomas H. and Kathy Coffey. Denver: Living the Good News, Inc., a division of The Morehouse Group, 1998. 800-824-1813.
This book is a practical guide to prepare for Catholic confirmation of candidates ages 7 to adult. Rather than providing "everything you need to know about being Catholic," it gives candidates the preparation called for. Confirmation: Anointed and Sealed with the Spirit offers lots of options so confirmation preparation can be customized to meet the needs of candidates and the parish. Included are a solid theological foundation, a reflection for adult leaders, and a host of creative activities through which children, young adults, and adults can be led into deeper understanding and commitment.

Confirmation. Anointed and Sealed with the Spirit: Rituals and Retreats
Bross, Jean E. and Robert W. Piercy. Denver: Living the Good News, Inc., a division of The Morehouse Group, 1998. 800-824-1813.
Using the central symbols of the Rite of Confirmation, this book provides eight blessings and rituals for use with Confirmation: Anointed and Sealed with the Spirit Leader's Guide. Half of the rituals are very traditional, while the other half offer a more artistic approach. In addition, two retreats are designed to lead the candidates into deeper understanding and commitment. Multiple versions of these retreats can be adapted for age-appropriate use with younger and older candidates. This is a valuable tool for the celebration of confirmation.

Confirmation. I Will with God’s Help: Episcopal Confirmation for Youth and Adults
Wile, Mary Lee. New York: Church Publishing Incorporated, 2000.
A comprehensive six to twelve week program that invites confirmands to explore their own faith experience in the context of the larger faith community. Materials are flexible enough to be used in a wide variety of parish settings. Interactive journals are available for youth and adult candidates.

Let the Children Come: A Baptism Manual for Parents and Sponsors
Erlander, Daniel. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress, 1996.
The book provides a panoramic viewpoint of Baptism, beginning with the New Testament understanding and concluding with suggestions to help parents, sponsors, and others to raise the baptized in the covenant of Baptism. Erlander emphasizes infant and child baptism as well as the meaning of Baptism in a Lutheran context. Though accessible, the treatment is biblically, theologically, and historically sound.

Taking the Plunge: Baptism and Parenting 
http://www.anglicanbookcentre.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=33316
Many parents decide to have their offspring baptized whether or not they are practicing Christians. For practising Christians there is a definite significance to Baptism and this book will be very useful to those who are having their children baptised or know other people who are, as it looks at how Baptism shapes the role of a parent and their relationship to their children, God as well as the wider community. Kitch looks at exactly what parents promise and how it relates to the family and the wider community.

Talking About Baptism: Models for Baptismal Preparation 
Hopkins, Stephen, et al. Toronto: Anglican Book Centre, 2006.
This manual offers ways of strengthening our understanding and enactment of baptism while nurturing pastoral links. Creative case studies focus on how parishes may best develop or improve the preparation process for families presenting infants and children for Baptism.

The Gifts of Baptism: An Essential Guide for Parents, Sponsors, and Leaders 
Withers, Margaret. Oxford: The Bible Reading Fellowship, 2003.
A child is going to be baptized. Through Baptism we become members of God’s family, the Church. Preparing to take part in this great event will include exploring some of the things that make up the baptismal service. This book takes you through the service by following the journey of a young child and his baby sister as they prepare to be baptized. Each chapter introduces and discusses the signs and symbols used, alongside some of the text and prayers. It also uses short extracts from the Bible to describe the ways that people have seen themselves as belonging to God, their creator, and the new life that Jesus promises to all who follow him. Each chapter links progressively into the baptism service by exploring: Presentation, Decision, Signing with the cross, Prayer over the water, Profession of faith, Baptism Commission, Welcome, and Sending out.

Thinking About Baptism: Models for Baptismal Preparation
Hill, John W. B. Toronto: Ontario: A Hoskin Group Book, Anglican Book Centre, 1994.
A valuable handout, Thinking About Baptism paints a clear picture of the meaning of Baptism, exposing many of the fallacies and misunderstandings. A gentle invitation to the gospel, it enables parents to discover whether or not Baptism is what they seek for their child.