- Liturgical Works
John Edmond. The children's church at home, or, Family services for the Lord's day. London: T. Nelson & Sons, 1863.
Edmond was a United Presbyterian minister in Islington, London, and his Children’s church at home was published
in two series in 1861 and 1863 respectively. Each contains 26 family services
sufficient for successive Sabbaths of an entire year. Edmond’s family-friendly
services comprise short readings from the Old and New Testaments, a sermon,
hymns and prayers.
Church of England. The Children's Church: an order of morning and evening prayer with songs of praise for children. Oxford: University Press, 1935.
service-book from the Anglican Church was compiled at a time when Sunday
schools in England were considered to have fallen behind the advancing day
schools in terms of provisions for religious education. It comprises an order
of morning and evening prayer specially modified for children’s services.
Preface explains, this new service-book “follows traditional lines” and
advocates the need for children to follow “familiar forms – adapted to their
stage of development”. It concedes, with seeming reluctance, that for
children’s services “it is recognised nowadays that … reasonable liberty is
desirable, and this book attempts to provide it.”
New Zealand Council for Christian Education. The school book of services. Revised edition. Wellington: A.H. & A.W. Reed, 1962.
published in 1950, The school book of
services was widely utilised in New Zealand schools and frequently
reprinted during the 1950s and 1960s. The services are based broadly on the
Authorised Version, with prayers and hymns included. The book was directed
chiefly at children from Standard Three to Form Two, with simpler hymns and
prayers for the use of younger children.
Young people's Mass book: the complete Order of Mass together with the three Eucharistic prayers for children. Australian edition. Sydney: Collins Liturgical Australia, 1983.
junior missal has been prepared to accompany children as they pray at Mass. To
assist children in their understanding of what is happening, brief explanatory
notes on parts of the Mass appear in italics, and congregational responses are
included. Short definitions of key terms are included to assist children in
understanding the language of the celebration of the Eucharist.