Books and Motion pictures…in Pajamas!

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Inspired by Kari Ann Lessner at the Diocese of Texas Cathedral, I provided a book discussion and activity just before the film version of A Wrinkle in Time was released in 2017. In 2018 we showed 4 films on Friday nights for the duration of the summer season. In 2019 we’ll present three Books and Motion pictures in Pajamas.

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Why “Books and Motion pictures in Pajamas”?

Two factors:

  1. It appears cozy to consider men and women reading books in their pajamas, alone or as a bed-time ritual with a parent
  2. It is enjoyable to come to church in pajamas, then at the finish of the Film Evening it is quick to go dwelling and jump into bed.

How it Operates

I chose the books for the initial summer season myself. I asked a couple moms assistance me opt for books for summer season 2019. They advised so numerous I have my list for 2020 all set! Following the achievement of the initial summer season, I began preparing instantly, so I could have lots of time to get books CHEAPLY. At church, I place out copies of the books for households to borrow to take dwelling and study. In Texas we have a chain of utilised book retailers called ½ Cost Books, so I gradually stock up on copies, one particular or two at a time, every time I stop by the shop &amp they occur to have what I want. Amazon sells utilised books, as well.

Households come if they’ve study the book or not. My principal aim is to create neighborhood.

Men and women bring snacks to share, and there are constantly lots of snacks. I generally bring a snack that goes along with the book. For Charlotte’s Net, I provided gummy spiders. For James and Giant Peach, I produced peach jello.

St Cuthbert’s Facebook web page assists to promote appropriate up to begin time.


Items Recognized…

I do have a sheet for households to sign out their book in order to take it dwelling. Having said that, I purposefully Under no circumstances stick to up to see if a book has been brought back.  The sign-out sheet tends to make it appear legit to take a book from church. I’m pleased if I get a handful of of the books back, that signifies there are great books in people’s residences!

I program and promote what subjects we’ll be discussing.

  • From time to time it really is a Bible verse, as it was for Charlotte’s Net: We discussed how 1 Corinthians 1:27-28 “God chooses the foolish items of the planet to shame the sensible. He chooses the weak items of the planet to shame the sturdy. And God chooses what the planet feel is not significant.” applied to the story.
  • Some evenings we go over themes. This summer season immediately after we study and watch Louis Sacher’s Holes, we’ll speak about sacrifice and redemption.

…and Unknown

I found there is a lady in my parish who loves to go to garage sales. She was delighted to be asked to snatch up copies of books.

I found there is a Mom who is outstanding at major the discussion at the finish of the Film Evening. Bonus, I’ve now got her in the Children’s Chapel ministry!

I was extremely pleased with attendance final summer season. We packed the Youth Area to the rafters! I moved to a larger space when, but moved back for the subsequent evening, It felt improved to be with each other like one particular large family members gathered about a Television.


Gail Jackins grew up in Northern Maine, so her mates refer to her as a Mainiac. She has a B.S. from the University of Maine at Orono and an M.Ed from Boston College. Gail is the Household Minister at St. Cuthbert Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas.

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