BOOKS from THE SUNDAY PAPER
Written and illustrated by Gretchen Wolff Pritchard
children, parents, clergy and parish educators
The Sunday Paper’s
Communion Book for Children
The Sunday Paper’s
The Sunday Paper’s Communion Book for Children
... has six chapters: Belonging ... Coming Together
... Listening and Learning ... Praying and Sharing ... Breaking Bread
... Going Out ... unlike some communion books for children, Alleluia! Amen does not embellish the
liturgical text with unexplained pictures of Scruptural parallels or inspirational analogies from daily life ... the pictures
relate directly to the text, and primarily show the liturgical action, with enough homey detail to make them fun to look at
again and again.
“I think it is marvelous work, visually delightful and theologically very sound.”
- Madeleine L’Engle
Newbery-Award winning author
“I ask them to read the book, enjoy the book, and this is their book forever; I don’t want it back.
When they finish the book, I want them to write in the back about things they want to ask me about. They are accustomed
to assume that I will be testing them, so it’s such a surprise when they find out that they get to ask questions of
me instead. They just love the books. And now adults are asking for copies too.”
- The Rev. Philip Byrum
La Guadelupana, Wilson, NC
“I have been in 13 churches
in 30 years (half of time has been interim work), and have used ‘Alleluia! Amen’ in nearly all of them.
Your work has been a great gift and blessing to me and to many children and adults. Thank you so much for your ministry!”
- The Rev. Linda Pineo
Transfiguration Episcopal Church, Rome, GA
“Concentrates on the Eucharist
as a celebration ... conveys the attitudes I want my children to adopt as their own.”
- The Church Militant, Diocese of Indiana
The Sunday Paper’s Baptism Book
... focuses on the Baptismal Mystery (its Scriptural roots in the
story of salvation, its powerful images, its place in our worship together) ... has four chapters:
God’s Saving Work
(Creation, Flood, Abraham and Sarah, The Red Sea, the Promised Land, the Messiah, the Cross, the Resurrection,
new life in the Spirit) ... Water and the Spirit (images of water, wind, fire, birth, death,
rebirth; how the Church has used them to celebrate our new life in Christ) ... Christ’s
Body and Christ’s Own for Ever—step by step through the order
of Holy Baptism in the Book of Common Prayer.
“I think you do wonderful work. Your two books on baptism
and the Eucharist capture a rich simplicity while leaving the mystery intact.”
- Marilyn Watkinson
Holy Trinity Church, Buhl, ID
“6-8 year olds preparing for baptism loved it, and it helped them ask questions and figure out their reasons
for baptism. We used it in class, they read it at home with parents and then kept the books for themselves—all very
- Brenda Husson
All Angels’, New York, NY
a really special experience with a child who was wanting to be baptized and had never heard the whole story of creation all
the way to Christ’s death and resurrection. Your book ‘New Life’ paved the way for
us to have a meaningful conversation about water and baptism and coming into God’s kingdom.”
- Jane Swartz
Christ Church Anglican,
ALLELUIA! AMEN, The Sunday
Paper’s Communion Book for Children (Episcopal Rite II), was published
in 1984 and has sold over 70,000 copies.
Its companion volume on Baptism, NEW LIFE, was published in 1986.
Clergy and teachers
find the books indispensable in preparing children and families for Baptism and Communion, and deepening children’s
experience of the sacraments.
ALLELUIA! AMEN and NEW LIFE are 7 by 8 ½ inches in size, printed on heavy
paper, and bound in brightly colored card stock. Each is about 80 pages long, in cartoon style, with big, bold pictures. Each
includes the complete people’s part from The Book of Common Prayer and most of the celebrant’s words, in easy-to-follow
cartoon form, so that even beginning readers can follow along during the liturgy, while non-readers can relate to the clear,
simple pictures of the church gathered for celebration.
The drawings show a great variety of priests and people,
church furnishings and vestments: all sizes, shapes and styles of God’s family.
pages from (left) “Alleluia! Amen” and (right) “New Life”
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Price: (either title, alone or in any combination)
Under 10 copies
$8.00 per copy
10 or more copies $7.00 per copy
(discounts for very large orders can be arranged—call us at 203-624-2520)
FROM “I LOVE CHRISTMAS”:
“The Angel of the Lord wears priest’s vestments as a costume. Marsden plays the part in his stocking
feet and he likes to wear socks that are weird colors, like pale green or bright yellow. The way he plays the Angel of the
Lord makes you see how something can be fun and solemn at the same time.”
”The girl who plays Mary
gets to bring a doll to be the baby. Myisha doesn’t like dolls, so Tim, who played Joseph, brought his old Cabbage Patch
”The worst part of any performance is the time right before it starts. Everybody is dashing
around trying to take care of some last-minute problem or other, and the little kids are running and yelling instead of staying
organized, and there’s nothing to do while you wait, so you get nervous.”
”When we were all
clustered at the back, Marsden stood alone in front of the tree for the very last reading. ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,
the first and the last, the beginning and the end ... I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star ...
he who testifies to these things says, Surely I am coming soon.’ And with a sweep of his arm, he threw a huge handful
of glitter over the congregation.”
I LOVE CHRISTMAS
holiday book about family and parish celebration!
by Gretchen Wolff Pritchard,
with Margaret Pritchard.
78 pages. Illustrated with full-color photographs.
I LOVE CHRISTMAS
is about celebrating God’s gift of a Savior as Christian families really celebrate it—in the family and in the
Christian community, each with its special wonders. Ten-year-old Margaret introduces us to her family Christmas traditions—the
home-made creche, the tree with real candles—and to equally well-loved traditions in her racially mixed urban parish,
including a food pantry, late-night Eucharist, and the magnificent Christmas pageant, “People Look East.” (script
available in “Go, Tell it on the Mountain” — see below).
Children will share her joy in yearly
rituals, growing in depth as she grows in understanding year by year, and her pleasure in Christian fellowship as young and
old are drawn together in celebration and service, in song, story, and prayer.
The description of the pageant
incorporates quotations from Scripture and hymns, deepening the book’s message as a Christmas story. Full color on every
page gives this holiday book the appeal of a family photo album.
For children 8 to 12, or for reading aloud with
5 and up.
“I just read through
‘I Love Christmas.’ What a sweet read! I absolutely loved the book ... it brought tears to my eyes.”
- Renée Hostetler, Licensed Kindermusik Educator
Saratoga Springs, NY
“Ms. Pritchard seems to have an amazing understanding
of the way music, drama and liturgy interact. Her plays are simple to mount and are much more than simply acceptable. You’re
really interested, even if it’s not your kid up there acting it out. Part of the reason is a subtle but persistent
theological sophistication that underlies all the scripts.”
- Music Commission Newsletter
Diocese of Massachusetts
“So many people commented on how moving, different
and really special the pageant was this year. In the words of one of our ‘more mature members’:
‘This was NO CHILDREN’S CIRCUS! This was THE SERMON!’ No small compliment! When our priest
did the announcements following the Peace, he was teary-eyed as he addressed the congregation.”
- E’Lane Rutherford
Holy Cross Faith Memorial
Pawleys Island, SC
TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
Pageants for Church Schools
by Gretchen Wolff Pritchard
Third Revised and Expanded Edition,
GO, TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN includes the scripts for four seasonal
pageants: “Good News of Great Joy,” a Nativity play with carols; “A Child of Might,” a verse adaptation
in verse of medieval mystery plays; “People Look East,” a dramatized service of lessons and carols with Eucharist
(the pageant featured in “I Love Christmas”); and “"The Day of His Coming,” built around the readings for Advent IV and customized for Years A, B and C,
making the pageant a fully rubrical liturgy of the Word for the last Sunday in Advent.
The scripts may be used alone or as part of a Sunday service on any Sunday
from Advent IV through the Christmas season. Full production notes are included.
Purchasers of the book receive permission
to copy the contents for use in their own congregation or ministry.
Spiral bound, 8½ by 11”
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“We did ‘The Lord of Life’ this weekend and
I wanted to tell you what a wonderful experience it was for all of us—children and adults—building community,
reminding us of how sight and sound are important ways we experience God, breaking down the child/grownup dichotomy in the
way we think about worship.”
- Lydia Agnew Speller
Christ Church, Reading, PA
Celebrating the Paschal Mystery
with the Parish Family
by Gretchen Wolff Pritchard
RISEN WITH CHRIST offers a rich variety of resources for celebrating Holy Week and Easter with all ages
in the parish family. It includes suggestions for classroom and hands-on activities with children in preparation for Holy
Week; an essay on celebrating the liturgies of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil; and the full script, production
notes, and sheet music for “The Lord of Life,” a pageant for Eastertide incorporating Scripture, movement and
Purchasers of the book receive permission to copy the scripts and sheet music for use
in their own congregation or ministry.
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“I was so taken by what I read in ‘Risen
With Christ’ that I adapted it to a Vacation Bible School format. We stretched out your one-day program into five, and
it was really one of the best we have ever experienced, and everyone who was involved in it is still glowing.”
St. Michael’s, Barrington,