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WHO WE ARE:

Gretchen (above, with grandson Peter, who is now a lively fourth-grader!), 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.

 




The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree:  this family business has inspired two new ones.  Our daughter Margaret Pritchard Houston—staff member for children’s ministries of the Diocese of St. Albans in England, and author of There Is a Season: Celebrating the Church Year with Children—operates Mustardseed Kids to distribute Beulah Land and other resources in the UK.  Daughter Grace Pritchard Burson, an Episcopal priest in New Hampshire, recently opened New Earth Whole Story to share progressive, homegrown faith-formation resources, including her own VBS curriculum, “God’s Garden, God’s City.” 

This four-day program (with an optional fifth day) is designed to acquaint children ages 4-12 with the faith story in its entirety—from the Garden of Eden to the New Jerusalem, and with the whole story of God’s never-failing love in between.  It seeks to connect them with deep and powerful traditions of spirituality, both old and new, that draw from the feminine images of Zion and Jerusalem, to make these traditions their own, and to go beyond them in creativity and questioning.

 


 

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WORKSHOPS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

I did my first workshops more than 30 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. Then, after 13 years as Children’s Missioner—and 29 years as Minister of Christian Nurture—I retired from parish work in 2008, and expected to resume traveling to parishes, dioceses and other gatherings.  But the effect of the recession on church budgets, and the rapidly changing shape of communication and ministry, meant the pace did not pick back up.  And our family entered an extended period of stress that meant I had neither time nor energy to take on travel and speaking engagements. 

The clouds have mostly lifted (and I
ve had a hip replaced), and Ive begun to catch up with how to network and exchange ideas in the new information age.  Ill be doing a workshop at Forma 2018, and Im writing a new book for Church Publishing, tentatively called Offering the Gospel to a New Generation of Children.  If you should happen to be interested in the kind of approach to childrens spirituality that The Sunday Paper has come to represent, please do get in touch; it would be fun to hit the road again now and then.

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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