Fr Seraphim von Abele (?) writes:
> Could any clergy on the list comment on the propriety of "children's
> sermons," i.e. sermons addressed especially to children? Is it a sound
> from an Orthodox perspective? If any priests have done it, could they give
> some pointers?
I believe it works best when the homily begins as a children's sermon and
"graduates" toward adult level. At least, this seems to work best for our
community. (As usually happens, the adults seem to gain more from the "kid
I used to have the youth gather toward the ambo ... then, remain there
through the "graduation." Problem: kids can get distractingly restless.
Over time, I decided it best that they stay within reach of their parents and
I still begin on an elementary level and progress (debatable, for some, I'm
sure) to higher ground. But, all things considered, I no longer consider a
portion of the message to be a "children's sermon" -- nor do they gather
together toward the front of the church.
Just my experience. Hope this helps.
Fr Joseph Huneycutt
St Nicholas Church (ROCOR)