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Faithful Celebrations series Faithful Celebrations: Saints Making Time for God with the Saints

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Making Time for God with the Saints
Faithful Celebrations series
Faithful Celebrations: Saints
  • Experiential activities for celebrating the saints
  • For use in churches, schools, camps, and home settings

Many of our experiences in life happen when several generations are together— at church, at home, in our communities. Often we only celebrate the saints on All Saints Sunday or when a particular saint is commemorated in a secular way. This volume in the Faithful Celebration series focuses on some well-known and some not-so-well-known saints, many who are not all officially “sainted” but certainly having lived a life of faith under difficult circumstances.

Each event recalling a particular saint includes key ideas, a cluster of activities to experience the key ideas, materials needed, full instructions for implementation, background history and information, music, art, recipes, and prayer resources to use in a small, intimate, or large multi-generational group. For children, youth, adults, or any combination of ages any of these activities can take place in any setting.

Audience: Christian educators, youth ministers, camps, schools, parents

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Absalom Jones of Philadelphia
  • Patrick of Ireland
  • Julian of Norwich
  • Joan of Arc
  • Enmegahbowh of White Earth
  • Nicholas of Myra
Format: Paperback book
Product code: CP1821
Dimensions: 6" x 9"
Length: 160 pages
Church Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781640651821
Edited by Sharon Ely Pearson


Making Time for God with the Saints is a resource rich in ideas on well-known saints (Joan of Arc) and those not so well-known (Absalom Jones of Philadelphia). Included are fascinating studies and discussion prompts, ideas for food to share, and related activities. Some sections offer heavy topics that would make for particularly engaging intergenerational gatherings with youth and adults while also providing creative means for sharing the same story with children.
Liz Perraud, Executive Director, GenOn Ministries
Can these dusty, old saints live? Yes! Through intergenerational play, prayer, song, and action, you'll encounter anew some heroes of the faith. When you make time for saints – and one another – you truly do make time for God.
Tim Schenck, Lent Madness creator and rector of St. John the Evangelist, Hingham, Massachusetts
As we have come to expect from the Faithful Celebrations series, this volume provides the right combination of historical background and creative engagement. The combination allows participants across generations to enter into our celebrations of the saints in new and playful ways that will capture their imaginations and stick in their memory throughout the year.
Katherine A. Malloy, Associate for Lifelong Learning, Director of Christian Formation Resources, Virginia Theological Seminary


SHARON ELY PEARSON is a Christian educator, editor, and author with 35+ years of experience in Christian formation on the local, judicatory, and church-wide level. Known for her knowledge of published curricula across the church, she has written or edited numerous books, including The Prayer Book Guide to Christian Education, 3rd edition; Call on Me: A Prayer Book for Young People; The Episcopal Christian Educator's Handbook; and Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Theologies of Confirmation for the 21st Century. She is a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary and a lifelong Episcopalian. You can follow her at