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Janice

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Janice 19th Mar 2019 Retired

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Try to come up with an order of worship to use as your starting point for each service. Use common elements of a worship service:
- greeting
- opening prayer
- hymns or songs
- scripture readings
- message/sermon
- The Lord's Prayer
- The Apostle's Creed
- more hymns
- closing prayer
- benediction

Once you have your structure, fill in the pieces each week.
You'll find scripture readings that most denominations use each week in The Revised Common Lectionary (https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu).

We've found that adapting a children's message works well for residents. Include an object or visual element that you can show/pass around. Do a show & tell, and and encourage your residents to share. Here are some sites to explore:
- Sermons 4 Kids (www.sermons4kids.com) - This one also has crosswords, word searches...
- Sermon Writer (www.sermonwriter.com/childrens-sermons/)
- Worshiping with Children (worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com)
- On the Chancel Steps (onthechancelsteps.wordpress.com)

For music, go for familiar hymns, if you can figure out what your residents know. Kids songs from vacation bible school work well, too. He's Got the Whole World in His Hands, Do Lord, Jesus Loves Me, The B-I-B-L-E, I'm in the Lord's Army, Deep & Wide, This Little Light of Mine, I've Got the Joy, Joy, Joy (down in my heart). Kum Ba Yah. You can use the motions to the songs to get them moving.

For more filler, check out some of Missy Buchanan's books (missybuchanan.com/books).

Good luck!
Janice 1st Jan 2019 Retired

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Check out the Sporcle website. It's a trivia entertainment website.
https://www.sporcle.com/

Search for 1940s
https://www.sporcle.com/search/quizzes/?p=1&s=1940s
And for D-Day
https://www.sporcle.com/search/quizzes/?p=1&s=D-Day

I don't know if you'll be able to use anything directly off the site, but you should get information that you can adapt.
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