Here are a couple of books that are worth a read:
I enjoyed this informative book. It highlights that children matter lots. The chapters on Children in the Bible and Children and Faith Communities are very informative and inspiring.
The back blurb says: Children today are no longer expected to be “seen and not heard,” yet in many churches children are involved only in programs specifically designated for them. Children Matter offers a full discussion of children’s spirituality and shows how the faith community can better nurture its youngest members.
Speaking from their experience with children’s ministry in a range of Protestant traditions, the authors draw on the Bible, history, and psychology to lay good foundations for such ministry. Discussing the specific content and contexts of faith formation, they also offer wise and practical advice on putting together effective ministries. Rather than focusing on innovative ways to use technology, Children Matter emphasizes relationships between people and encourages the church to welcome all children as valued participants in the people of God
Just google Lost Sheep resources.
Every time I use these resources I remember how good they are. At Broadwater Road Uniting Church we recently used Claudia the Caterpillar to help celebrate and remember our sister Rev Louise Edwards. You can also purchase these books at Vision Books at Broadwater Road UC phone 38498548
Claudia the Caterpillar Cecil the Lost Sheep The Gardener and the Vine
A comprehensive study by New Testament and early Christianity specialist W.A Strange on the place of children within the early church. It must also be understood that the views of children and childhood that we have today are in many ways different than they were in Biblical times.(1) For example, in the time of Jesus, when a Jewish boy reached the age of 12 he was considered a member of the adult community(2) and was completely responsible for his actions. (3)Children were considered as some of the weakest and least privileged members of society.