63 Parables

The other day I was going through a pile of books at the church and came across some rather old Children’s Ministry books from the 40’s & 50’s. One of the books I picked up was titled “63 Popular Parables For Young Folks” by John Henry Sargent. The “parables” are what we call object lessons today. It was fun to look through the book and see which items were popular in the 40’s & 50’s (Record Player & Rubbers). I found it interesting that these books were even around back then, it was always my assumption that ministry to children was a fairly new concept to the church (within the last 30 years or so), but it appears that even in the 40’s there were church leaders who knew the importance of ministry to “Young Folks.”

Here’s a quote from the forward that I found interesting “The Minister…finds his most precious reward in the developing life of children and youth as they grow into maturity and come to usefulness in their homes, in the community and in the church….An effective aid in this development is the specialized homiletical art of preaching to children.”

So here’s what I’m thinking….I’m going to hold onto these books and create a Children’s Ministry Museum someday and open it to the public. I’ll keep you posted on how that goes.


1 Response to “63 Parables”

  1. 1 RoseAnne
    June 3, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Can’t wait to see that museum. I have a couple of similar books I might be willing to donate to the museum. Will I get a hefty tax write off for them?

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Everything here represents my own opinion and not the opinion of The United Methodist Church of The Resurrection or The United Methodist Church. It's purely my own random thoughts.

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