THE SUNDAY PAPER - Lectionary Cartoons
cartoons were our very first product. Subscribers receive materials in batches throughout the church
year, either by mail or, for a better price, by email as .pdf files.
The original SUNDAY PAPER appeals to intermediate through junior high, and presents one lesson (usually
the Gospel) as a two-line cartoon; the other readings, and the Psalm, are presented as single vignettes. The lessons are tied
together with a short commentary. THE SUNDAY PAPER provides both Track 1 and Track 2 of the Revised Common Lectionary
(as used by the Episcopal Church USA) to all subscribers, allowing you to mix and match depending on which lessons
are read in church on a given Sunday.
PAPER JUNIOR is aimed at younger children (preschool through grade 3 or 4), and also covers both tracks of
the Revised Common Lectionary. The SUNDAY PAPER JUNIOR features one lesson only, usually the Gospel. THE SUNDAY PAPER
JUNIOR offers big, bold artwork, a simple story line, an activity page designed to stir children's imaginations and spirituality
and that requires pencil or crayons only (no glue or scissors) and does not involve word games or other literacy-based activities.
THE SUNDAY PAPER JUNIOR can be used in church, nursery, or classroom.
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“My parish subscribes to both age editions
of The Sunday Paper, and we love them! I knew about them from my previous parish in Virginia where we also used them
and believe they are an important part of a larger effort to say to parents and children alike: ‘It is important
for the kids to be here, and we want them here!’ And to be able to do that with something that in itself
is also such a quality biblical educational product is a real joy.”
- The Rev. Susan Buchanan, Christ Church, North Conway, NH
using the Sunday Paper as a pillar of our parent and children support/education Wednesday School. I’m coming to realize
that cartoons and parables are intimately related.”
Rev. Michael Tippett, St. Paul, MN
“I don’t feel like a
‘natural born storyteller’ but your cartoons helped me tremendously! The children seemed to be listening attentively
and seemed to be remembering the stories week after week. Thank you for giving me the courage, images and words with which
to tell the whole story of our people. Thanks for your books and leaflets. Keep up the great work!”
- Iris Bladsell, Emmaus House Chapel, Atlanta, GA
“The Sunday Paper is
a highlight for our children. A visiting child said yesterday when she thought I was taking her paper away,
‘This is mine. I want to keep it to learn about God.’”
- Jill Meares, Coordinator of Christian Formation, Calvary Episcopal Church, Fletcher, NC
Subscribers to THE SUNDAY PAPER or THE SUNDAY PAPER
JUNIOR receive one copy of each Sunday's issue, which may be duplicated in quantities needed for local use.
Sunday issues are supplied in batches by church seasons, one to two weeks before the
first Sunday in the batch. You may subscribe year-round or for portions of the year.
You may choose to receive your materials in hard copy by US Mail, or as .pdf files via email.
A full year of either THE SUNDAY PAPER
or THE SUNDAY PAPER JUNIOR is $76.00 for email, $105.00 for hard-copy.
A full year of both ordered together, is $120.00 for email,
$165.00 for hard copy.
An academic year of either edition (September through Pentecost Sunday) is $63.00
for email, $88.00 for hard copy.
academic year of both is $96.00 for email, $132.00 for hard copy.
Trial subscriptions for one
“season” (6 to 8 weeks) of either THE SUNDAY PAPER
or THE SUNDAY PAPER JUNIOR are available for $22.00 email, $30.00 hard copy.
A trial subscription of both editions together is $32.00 email,
$45.00 hard copy.
Or you may put together a combination of seasons, such as the two
summer seasons, or Fall through Advent/Christmas, or Epiphany through Eastertide, to match your particular needs or your budgetary
prices for two or more seasons for either THE SUNDAY PAPER or THE SUNDAY PAPER JUNIOR are $12.00 per 6-to-8-week
season (email), $18.00 per season (hard copy).
Per-season rates for both SUNDAY PAPER and JUNIOR together are $18.00 per
season (email) or $28.00 per season (hard copy).
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“We thoroughly enjoy The
Sunday Paper and feel it is by far the best children’s worship bulletin ... we have ever seen ... the art is wonderful,
the section for parents on the back page ... is so helpful, the activities for the children are thoughtful in such a way that
really helps my children to understand the day’s message ... and the bulletins are age appropriate! Thank you for your
... creation of these mini-gems!”
- Mindy Haynes
Heavenly Rest, New York City
“Solid theological insights on every level, including the deepest symbolical
levels, and genius for conveying it to children. Never watered down or insipid ... I never have found resources that good
- The Very Rev. Leona
Avon, New York
“I find THE SUNDAY PAPER JUNIOR an excellent resource for our small church; I’ve used your Note
to Parents several times on bulletins to tie in with my sermon.”
- The Rev. Parker Marks
St. Michael’s, Easley,
“Oh how the children look forward to their weekly edition! I have forwarded information to the
church down the street and so I hope that they too will start a subscription. Many many thanks for your hard work; I
wish you could be here on Sundays to see and hear the children when we hand their papers out—many of them like a copy
- Carol E. Kirner
St. Paul’s Church, Brookfield, CT
Occasionally, you may change your mind and decide The Sunday Paper is not for you. Our cancellation policy is to charge for actual shipments
sent to date, at the per-season rate, plus an administrative charge of $10.00.
Our prices are, in effect, a licensing fee, so this policy applies even if you return the materials,
as long as you did in fact order them.
THE SUNDAY PAPER’S EDITORIAL PAGE
Each installment of The Sunday Paper and The Sunday Paper Junior, except during the summer, also includes The Sunday Paper’s Editorial Page. The
Editorial is an article, meditation, or resource review by Gretchen or a correspondent, or may be reprinted from another publication.
“I’m glad you chose to tackle a hard subject in your last editorial page—which I enjoyed
and appreciated immensely. My daughter has just turned 5 and yes, the power of images is primal—they
do stir and inspire, and thank you for helping me to be comfortable with all her imaginative play, all the witches and princesses
and death and what not. Thank you for being so articulate and right on.”
- Elizabeth Davis, Elijah Kellogg Church (Congregational)
“You’ve perhaps heard my whoops of agreement across the water as I read your editorial
- Rebecca Nye, Divinity Faculty, Cambridge,
“We are enjoying distributing the Paper to children
as they enter for services! I just read your editorial on The Hunger Games—I’d been trying
to figure out how to use it. Very helpful!”
- Kathryn Miani, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church,
“I read with great interest your editorial on children’s toys, and very much wish to
make your perspective available to my congregation. May I quote you (with appropriate acknowledgement)
in our newsletter for families? May I make copies of your editorial for parents in our congregation?”
- Kate Gillooly, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Cleveland Heights. OH