Giving Joy

Engage your congregation in Joy

Over time, we have noticed a trend here in Special Offerings: many of the stories we receive from congregations show how their young people have engaged in the life of the church through the Presbyterian Giving Catalog. The symbolic representation of PC(USA) ministries in the Giving Catalog have excited people young and old in congregations across the country.

Children at well - "stories of engagement"

To encourage that engagement, our team decided to try something different in 2016. For each of the four special offerings, we added lesson plans and children’s sermons that connected the offering to the Presbyterian Giving Catalog. The fourth of these, a Christmas Joy version, is available now to begin planning for advent. 

Written by Jennifer Whitford, Director for Children’s Ministry at Worthington Presbyterian Church in Worthington, Ohio; these lessons and worship resources will help children learn about recognizing the gift God gives us in Jesus Christ, and how to respond in honor to that gift by sharing our joy with others because God shares Christ with us.

Many congregations have had great fun and success incorporating the Presbyterian Giving Catalog into their Christmas Joy Offering worship and curriculum. Find resources and ideas below to get the whole church involved!

Want to share your love for Special Offerings curriculum or the Presbyterian Giving Catalog? Don’t forget to share your stories with us – you may just end up on our blog!

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