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Imagining Worship With Kids

Cultivating Children’s Holistic Engagement in the Worship Life of the Church

We are pleased to announce that the Brehm Center has received $1.25M from the Lilly Endowment’s Nurturing Children Through Worship and Prayer Initiative. With this grant, we will develop new programming to support the religious and spiritual formation of children.


Help Children Grow in Faith and Deepen Their Relationships With God

The aim of the national initiative is to support faith-based organizations as they help children grow in faith and deepen their relationships with God. One of the Brehm Center’s founding donors, Dolores “Dee” Brehm, shared a lifelong passion for the spiritual formation of children, and we are honored to continue her legacy through this project.

Our mission is to gather diverse ministry leaders, artists, congregations, and families to create and test art-based children’s resources which foster nine formative practices for intergenerational worship.

Through this endeavor, our goal is to enable and serve church leaders, pastors, worship leaders, children’s directors, and families nationwide through the development of art-based resources to incorporate children more fully into the worship life of congregations. We will work with a team of pastors, educators, theologians, psychologists, and artists to develop resources for children focused on nine spiritual disciplines.

  • Worship
  • Prayer
  • Wisdom
  • Examen
  • Humility
  • Hospitality
  • Purpose
  • Shalom
  • Celebration

We will represent each practice through the methods of word, theology, song, body, and arts—producing resources for congregations and families that incorporate multi-ethnic, multicultural, and multi-generational values.

Partner With Us

For the next four years, through the collaboration of our advisory board comprised of authors, church and worship leaders, and children’s ministry practitioners – we will consider the challenges and needs of the church today as it seeks to engage young worshipers through art-based methods.

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected] or [email protected]. We look forward to sharing our resources and partnering with you on this journey!

Ed Willmington (Grant Director) & Grace Lee (Grant Program Director)

Brehm Music team