“My Church Book” Quiet Book

“My Church Book” Quiet Book

I recently realized that my preschooler has no clue what really goes on during church on Sundays. We’ve talked about bits and pieces here and there, but never really explained what is happening during each part of the service and why we do it. I’m not expecting him to become a liturgical fanatic at his age, but there’s a reason we do what we do and I wanted to find a fun way to help him (and, eventually, his younger sister) follow along during church. Enter the ever-useful “quiet book.” A friend of mine at church showed me this super cool Divine Service quiet book made by Rachel at Quiet Sunday (visit the Quiet Sunday Etsy shop here). I thought it would make a fun late-night sewing project (multiple nights, of course).

After probably 30 hours of cutting and sewing felt, embroidering by hand, and trying to fix my temperamental sewing machine, I finally finished my version of the quiet book, titled “My Church Book” (original, I know). The book walks them through the church service at our Lutheran church (LCMS), with interactive pages constructed of craft felt. I borrowed many page ideas from Rachel at Quiet Sunday (as noted under the pictures below). So far, the book has been a hit! There’s nothing quite like watching our son show the book to friends at church while explaining excitedly how Jesus washes our sins as white as snow, or how the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three persons but one God. I hope to make a few more less-involved versions for gifts and maybe even for our church’s kid bags, but I had too many late nights making this one, so I’ll have to figure out how to scale it back a bit. That’s okay–crafting is my therapy!

I used 1.5″ loose-leaf binder rings to hold the felt pages (9″x9″ each), with two eyelets on each page to feed onto the rings. The binding inside the cover was created using the quiet book cover tutorial here, only I used two rings instead of three, and since I was using felt, I just top-stitched the two pieces of felt together and top-stitched a rectangular piece inside the binding to hold the rings. The page titles and some of the details are hand embroidered. Here are my pages:

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When is Church? Clock hands attach via eyelets and a brad.

Invocation: rings symbolizing the three parts of the Trinity swivel to overlap each other. Confession and Absolution: sin stains us and separates us from God, but Jesus' blood makes us white as snow and restores us to Him (idea from Quiet Sunday).

Invocation: rings symbolizing the three parts of the Trinity swivel to overlap each other. Confession and Absolution: sin stains us and separates us from God, but Jesus’ blood makes us white as snow and restores us to Him (idea from Quiet Sunday).

Gloria (Hymn of Praise): organ pipes velcro on and organ stops are pullable; Readings: Bible has flippable pages for the OT, Epistle, and Gospel readings.

Gloria (Hymn of Praise): organ pipes velcro on and organ stops are pullable. Readings: Bible has flippable pages for the OT, Epistle, and Gospel readings (idea from Quiet Sunday).

Anthem: choir members are finger puppets. Sermon: dress the pastor with vestments for each season of the church year (stored inside the Vestry).

Anthem: choir members are finger puppets. Sermon: dress the pastor with vestments for each season of the church year (stored inside the Vestry).

This pictures shows the finger puppets outside their pews and a pastor dressed for Lent.

This picture shows the finger puppets outside their pews and a pastor dressed for Lent.

Creed: each part of the Trinity is represented, God the Father, who created all things, God the Son, who died and rose again, and God the Holy Spirit, giver of life; we also remember our Baptism in the creed. Offering: pennies sewn under a clear vinyl pouch slide in and out of the offering plate (idea from Quiet Sunday).

Creed: each part of the Trinity is represented, God the Father, who created all things, God the Son, who died and rose again, and God the Holy Spirit, giver of life; we also remember our Baptism in the creed. Offering: pennies sewn under a clear vinyl pouch slide in and out of the offering plate (idea from Quiet Sunday).

Prayers: little hands fit inside the praying hands. Lord's Supper: wafer is stored inside the chalice.

Prayers: little hands fit inside the praying hands. Lord’s Supper: wafer is stored inside the chalice (idea from Quiet Sunday).

Benediction: go with the peace of God (idea from Quiet Sunday).

Benediction: go with the peace of God (idea from Quiet Sunday).

My son thought it super funny to dress the pastor with both robes and all the stoles at once. :)

My son thought it was super funny to dress the pastor with all the stoles at once. 🙂

A little bit about me…

Blog About PicWelcome to my blog! I’m new to the blogging world, so here’s a little bit about me:

I’m a mostly-stay-at-home mom to two little ones, a church worker, musician, website manager, and most recently, a sewer/crafter/hair bow maker (having a girl will do that to you). I work very part-time as a website administrator for our church and am currently training to become a Kindermusik educator. Bottom line: I keep myself busy!

But most importantly, I’m a redeemed child of God. With my husband, I’m on that ever-difficult parenting journey, and I fail daily. Some days I feel like Martha Stewart. Other days, I’m as domestically challenged as they come (have you seen my kitchen lately?!). Still other days, I feel like the world’s meanest or most boring mom, whether it’s warranted or not. But at the end of the day, it’s God’s grace and forgiveness that gets me through. And that’s what I want to impart to my children.

I want my kids to get to know their Heavenly Father, who loves them unconditionally, never lets them down, and forgives every last sassy remark, screaming tantrum, and sibling fight. I want them to see His love–in other people, in nature, in art, in everything around them! I want them to place Him first in their lives.

Maybe you’re here because, like me, you like seeing what fun and creative things other moms are doing with their kids. Maybe you are looking for ways to point the children in your life to Christ. Or maybe you don’t know God as your Heavenly Father, but your curiosity is piqued. Whatever brought you here, I hope you find inspiration, grace, and encouragement in these “pages.”

I’m going to leave you with one of my favorite Bible passages, which has been an encouragement to me in this parenting journey.

~ Anne

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:4-9