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WHO WE ARE:

Gretchen (above, with grandson Peter), founded The Sunday Paper in 1979. The Sunday Paper is a family business, run out of an office on the sunporch of the Pritchard home in New Haven. For this reason, it may be hard to get in touch with us during business hours.

Please feel free to leave a detailed message, and we will act on your order, but will not normally call you back unless we have a question. An email message is the best way to establish two-way communication. Our email address is sundaypaper@snet.net, or click on the link at the bottom of the home page of this web site.

 




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WORKSHOPS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

I did my first workshop more than 20 years ago, and had quite a full calendar of speaking engagements for over ten years. I began to cut back on that side of my ministry with the expansion of my parish responsibilities in 1995, from part-time Minister of Christian Nurture to full-time Children’s Missioner. Now, after 13 years as Children’s Missioner—and 29 years as Minister of Christian Nurture—I have retired from parish work, and am excited to anticipate renewed opportunities to travel to parishes, dioceses and other gatherings, to share the vision—and the nitty-gritties!—of offering the Gospel to children through liturgical storytelling, ritual, and art.

SAMPLE WORKSHOPS AND PRESENTATIONS

Typical workshop: Saturday, 3 to 4 hours

$450.00 plus travel


Part 1 (one hour): Tell Me a Story
Stories are children’s tools for learning about life, coping with life, and drawing meaning from life. Scripture is our story as God’s people. Yet we persist in presenting it to children as a lesson rather than as a story that is remembered and celebrated in community. An exciting vision of Christian education as “liturgical storytelling;” also includes an outline of children’s faith development.

Part 2 (one hour): “Once Upon a Time” to “Happily Ever After”
The Bible story, told from beginning to end, with Beulah Land feltboard figures.

Part 3 (30 to 90 minutes): How Do We Tell the Story?
Small group Bible study and discussion followed by plenary forum; or simply a question-and-answer discussion time.

“I very much enjoyed your morning offering of the gospel at First United in Oak Park, IL. The value of the whole salvation history you gave (and give) to the gospel was awe inspiring. Watching you weave God into our lives with the Ark, the Temple, Jesus, and the final feast in celebration of the marriage of God’s Son was just too fantastic. Thank you. I hope your ministry continues to grow, particularly your ministry to adults who so desperately need your vision and inspiration.” - Jane Esterline, North Riverside Community Presbyterian Church, IL

Additional modules

$300 per module plus preparation time


Friday evening pre-presentation
An opportunity to present more background material, and/or free up more time on Saturday to discuss practical applications; or may be customized for a different audience than Saturday.

How to do it
Open forum on the nitty-gritties of applying a more liturgical, celebratory vision of Christian nurture in the parish. Pageants, seasonal celebrations, building a parish library, and much more.

Faith and celebration in the family; going to church with children; welcoming children in worship
A variety of perspectives, responsive to your needs and situation, on how to tell and celebrate our story as children and adults together.

LIGHT AND PEACE: a model of liturgical evangelism with children in poverty
A challenging, innovative application of liturgical storytelling in a downtown parish, Light and Peace is a replicable program. 15-minute video, followed by discussion. Extensive handouts with detailed documentation; can be expanded to full workshop on faith-based outreach with children in poverty.

“The feedback from your discussion of LIGHT AND PEACE and from the workshop has been exceedingly positive. Participants learned new techniques, new methods of working with children, and were reminded that children and adults form a community of which they are all an integral part. I especially took to heart your counsel to let children experience stories, worship, liturgy, etc.; it is not necessary to explain everything to them.” - Gretchen Marcus, Episcopal Diocese of Maryland

To plan or schedule a presentation, call 203-624-2520
or email sundaypaper@snet.net

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