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Nurturing children through worship and prayer

Lilly Endowment seeks to support highly promising and creative endeavors that help children come to know and love God and grow in faith. 

Through the Nurturing Children Through Worship and Prayer Initiative, the Endowment is especially interested in supporting programs that help congregations address one or more of the following objectives: 

  • Strengthening worship and prayer practices that attend to and respect how children experience God and express their faith.
  • Enhancing worship and prayer practices that are more fully inclusive of all children, including children with disabilities.
  • Drawing more fully on the arts (e.g., music, visual arts, drama, etc.) to enhance the experience of worship and prayer for children.
  • Creating opportunities for Bible storytelling that help children hear and tell stories of faith through worship and prayer practices.
  • Enhancing worship and prayer practices that more intentionally connect worship with the daily lives of children and their families. 

The Endowment will offer information sessions on February 26 and 27 to discuss the aim and objectives of the initiative, eligibility and the application guidelines. Each session will cover the same information. 

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on May 6, 2024. 

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