Worshiping with Children blog - Including children in the congregation's worship, using the Revised Common Lectionary.
Storypath - A website that connects children's literature with our stories of faith by providing concise but detailed book reviews. Extra bonus...it aligns with the lectionary and comes out WEEKS ahead of time so you can be sure to get the book from the library or buy it BEFORE you need it.
Example of a great Children's Sermon book (on evangelism) below.
Say Hello - by Jack and Michael Foreman. Great for a children's sermon, encourage the whole congregation to consider again how universal it can feel to be left out and how simple it is to intentionally welcome. A spare, poignant picture book reminding us that when someone looks lonely and in need of a friend, one little word can help.
Children's Illustrated Ministry - Illustrated resources for the church and the home, encouraging creativity and active engagement with faith.
And consider how a little education about worship goes a long way as explained by Gregory Rawn from Spirit and Truth Publishing.
Feasting on the Word - "Pastors: Joining the Feast" curriculum is the first I've seen that offers suggestions on how to share the message for different ages of youth. It also includes a brief children's sermon as well as children's bulletin.
Church Publishing Inc. - the official publisher for the Episcopal church offers Celebrate for children's chapel QUARTERLY.The philosophy of Celebrate encourages active participation. For example: Children do not want to be “consumers” of liturgy, but co-creators. An example of their quarterly publication for Children's Chapel can be found here.
As an ELEA member you have access to "O Come Let Us Worship," a well thought out chapel resource. (Also available for purchase to non-members.)
Example of a Children's Bulletin (Family Worship Guide.)
Example of a Weekly Family Devotion Guide.
Have a takeaway: It can be a physical take away or a reoccurring sticky theme..but you need to craft the children's sermon with the end in mind. Not everything has to be an object lesson but make your focus repetitive enough that what they learn sticks with them. Follow Pastor Melissa Florer-Bixler on her blog New Bread with concrete takeaways for intergenerational worship.
Here's are two great brochures (one) (two) from an Episcopal church explaining age stages and tips for having kids in worship. Also a lovely encouragement for communion as early as the child can take it.
NIV Readers's Bible - When having children read the Bible during worship consider the NIV Reader's Bible for ease of understanding. We want to set them up for success!
Heavenly Sunshine: Worship for Kids- A thirty minute service meant for children to be able to move around as they worship.
Kidsermon.com - Author Ruth Gilmore indexes and references her several paperback books (Scolding Snakes, Barefoot in the Snow, Saving the Ants, and Sitting on the Rainbow) full of children's sermons.
Dollar Store Kids Sermons - Find ideas using dollar store items or as springboard for your creativity.
Sign Language - Consider teaching the Lord's Prayer to young people who can than lead it in worship every week. You'll be surprised how it welcomes people of all ages and abilities into worship as well as sets the tone of welcome to anyone with special needs.
Feeling overwhelmed about where to start...perhaps with a pew insert that communicates the "why" children are an integral part of worship. Thanks to New Hope Lutheran Church in Missouri City, Texas for this example.