Why commemorate the Reformation with children?
We think there are at least 5 good reasons:
1. To share an important element of our “Christian” story
2. To remind children that God does extraordinary things through ordinary people
3. To remind children that they (and all Christians) are part of the ongoing reformation
4. To assure children that God’s radical grace is given freely and not earned
5. To help children know and experience that God can speak to us through Scripture
For more on this read our blog 5 reasons to share the story of Martin Luther and the reformation with children
RESOURCES FOR COMMEMORATING THE REFORMATION WITH CHILDREN
To encourage our churches to include children in their reformation celebrations, we have developed and sourced a range of resources.
A PowerPoint story of Martin Luther and the Reformation
We read quite a few children’s books on Martin Luther and the Reformation but decided none of them captured the essence of the story perfectly so we commissioned Cheryl Harray our Southern Kids Friendly Advisor, ex-primary school teacher and lover of children’s books to create one for us. Cheryl has written a script and created a PPT using images from books (only enough to meet copyright laws) and Google. We hope you find it helpful for using in church or your children’s ministry programme.
Children’s ministry resources
Arts, crafts and ideas
- Martin Luther and the Reformation Colouring book
- Pinterest – arts, crafts and ideas
- Kids Friendly Pinterest – the Reformation for Children
- Reformation 500 Coloring Poster Take a sneak peak – available as a digital download in August.
- Reformation word search
- Papa Luther Guide – a very comprehensive teaching guide based on the book Papa Luther
- Martin Luther and the Reformation rotation curriculum – some good bits and pieces to pick out of here
Dramas, skits and stories
- An interview with Martin Luther
- Indulgences skit
- Telling the story of Martin Luther and the Reformation
- The story of Martin Luther (Playmobil animation)
Books and stories
- Martin Luther: A man who changed the world by Paul L Maier – also available from the Kids Friendly library
- Martin Luther – a script written by Margaret Hayes of St Heliers Presbyterian and a PowerPoint with images taken from the book “Martin Luther” by (please buy the book if you’d like to use this story in church)
- Grow Ministries in Australia has prepared an intergenerational event resource – GIFT Martin Luther. This resource can be purchased from https://www.growministries.org.au/product/gift-martin-luther-e-resource-2/
The following link will allow you to look at an overview of the event An intergenerational Reformation event outline
A Reformation intergenerational worship service
Stories from our churches
We have our Martin Luther playmobile figurine ready to go and we’re going to do feather and ink writing. We are also going to have a German lunch with sausages and sauerkraut! We are also going to buy a recycled door and put it up outside and add an ice cream container of sharpies. Then we are going to have a public art project for people to add their protest of today to the door. We saw this amazing door art installation in Wittenburg which was the inspiration! (see photo).