I pinched this post from the private blog my mum, my sister and I write. We started the blog about 18 months after my Dad died and use it as a sort of family album. The post below was written by my twin sister Lisa. I thought the hymn books were such a good idea I'd share it. Perhaps it's something that lots of churches do in the UK but here in Sydney hymn books are a thing of the past, the words to hymns are usually on a overhead screen.
We have just got new Hymn Books at the church. They get back some of the cost by asking people for £5 to put in a dedication. They put them out at the back of the church so that people can check their entry before they go into general circulation. I told Tasmin (16) that I put the exact dates because then people who are bored during Mass will find themselves working out how old he was when he died or maybe they will get the book and realise it's his birthday or the anniversary of his death and might say a prayer.
We had a leaving Mass for the Youth coordinator last Saturday and the children all got up on the altar at the end and sang 'Our God is a great big God' (with actions). OK there was a bit of bribery involved, but I managed to get Teagan (12) to race down and join the kids on the altar. When Teagan went, 4 others girls from her class followed her. And then we managed to get Tasmin up there as well! It was great - when am I ever likely to see them doing that again?!