Imagining Worship with Kids
November 2, 2023
Cultivating children’s holistic engagement in the worship life of the church
We are pleased to announce that the Brehm Center has received $1.25M from the Lilly Endowment’s Nurturing Children Through Worship and Prayer Initiative. With this grant, we will develop new programming to support the religious and spiritual formation of children.
The aim of the national initiative is to support faith-based organizations as they help children grow in faith and deepen their relationships with God. One of the Brehm Center’s founding donors, Dolores “Dee” Brehm, shared a lifelong passion for the spiritual formation of children, and we are honored to continue her legacy through this project.
Through this endeavor, our goal is to enable and serve church leaders, pastors, worship leaders, children’s directors, and families nationwide through the development of art-based resources to incorporate children more fully into the worship life of congregations. We will work with a team of pastors, educators, theologians, psychologists, and artists to develop resources for children focused on nine spiritual disciplines.
We will represent each practice through the methods of word, theology, song, body, and arts—producing resources for congregations and families that incorporate multi-ethnic, multicultural, and multi-generational values.
For the next four years, through the collaboration of our advisory board comprised of authors, church and worship leaders, and children’s ministry practitioners – we will consider the challenges and needs of the church today as it seeks to engage young worshipers through art-based methods.
Ed Willmington (Grant Director) & Grace Lee (Grant Program Director)